They Waited For Us To Make Mistakes – And We Did

Alan Pardew had said before yesterday’s home game with Sunderland that the reason Sunderland had own the last three games was that they defended solidly and waited for us to make mistakes and then they punished those mistakes.

steven taylor after collifing with post sunderland 1-0

Steven Taylor after head-butting a post in the second half

Steven Taylor says that’s also exactly what happened yesterday, when Sunderland made a quick breakaway that caught us short at the back,  and it was former Newcastle Academy player Adam Johnson who smashed the ball home after 90 minutes.

And then a minute later Sunderland should have scored again with a quick breakaway,  but somehow Seb Larsson couldn’t score when he was one-on-one with goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.

Alan Pardew now has a another record he doesn’t want – and we suppose that will help his detractors.

He’s the first Newcastle manager ever to lose four games in a row to Sunderland,  and that could even be five before the end of the season, since we still have to go to the Stadium of Light in April.

I’m really looking forward to that game.


This is what Steven Taylor told the Chronicle today:

“Please stick with the team. The lads are gutted and sick as chips in the dressing room. The changing room is flat.”

“You expect that, this has hurt, and we have to try to get the result at Man United and make up for this.”

“We can recover. It will be tough at Man United but we have proved we can do it against the big boys. This will hurt a lot of the lads.” “We have to get over it and move on.”

“Hopefully it can be a turning point for us.” “They encouraged us to get forward against Sunderland and get the goal and we tried for them.”

“Every cross was coming in but you have to give Sunderland credit, they defended very well and made it very difficult.” “We knew what they were going to do.”

“They defended deep and waited for us to make mistakes.” “They were out to get us on the counter attack and that’s exactly what happened.”

“They broke very quickly but we have to sort this out.”

While Sunderland were the better team in the first half yesterday, Newcastle started to dominate the second half, but we just couldn’t score.

It’s now crystal clear we need to bring in a top striker next month.

What do you think?

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17 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Promising players must do the basics, age is not an excuse for shooting straight at a keeper when even a 5 year old is taught to go across the keeper, age is not an excuse to be selfish and shoot when a senior player is in acres of space waiting for a tap in. The occasion got to young Armstrong and for that I blame the manager for throwing him on.

    Michael Chopra was also another lad that was raved about and he’s now playing in India. Promise means nothing, it has to be shown in games. The biggest problem with our (british) youngsters is that they think they’ve made it before they actually do anything!!

    Be honest lads has Armstrong lived up to your expectations? Has he justified all the hype?

  • Our Toon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    So basically Saylor is saying we got done on the very thing that we have been doing to others

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Our toon

    How often do established top players hit the keeper, it happens. I’m sure he knows to go across just didn’t connect the way he wanted.

    I don’t think he saw sissoko, should have had his head up but was also a good chance for him to score, plenty do score from that position.

    He went across the keeper at Spurs so to say he doesn’t know to do this is laughable. Can persie was through one on one against villa in a similar position just opposite side of the box and he hit the keeper. Does that mean he doesn’t know how to finish?

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    a positive attacking manger could achieve so much with this team, but I really fear the worst if Sissoko, Aarons etc leave.

    They will become far better players no doubt by leaving pardew and his nonsense, but yet again a huge opportunity will have been missed. Was it ever thus at SJP

    the day after losing to sunderland sucks so much

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Our Toon,
    Yeah, Armstrong is making good runs, good movement, finding space and working well with other players. He is doing everything I’d want him to. Of course it would be good for him to have a goal or two to his name, but he has played just 39 minutes of Premier league football this season. 215 in the league cup with 2 assists, where in one of the games he was played out wide. More than happy with him so far. You can count the number of players to score in the Prem at Arma’s age on 2 hands. Half of them ended up nowhere. I’m much more interested in seeing him do the right things, then scoring at the moment.

    Rooney and Falcao both hit shots straight at the keeper on Saturday, does that mean we should write them off as well? They have much more experience to, so for them to do it is even worse surely?

  • Our Toon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6


    Arma hasn’t looked like scoring, It’s unjustified hype!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    ED You say Alan Pardew now has a another record he doesn’t want – and we suppose that will help his detractors.

    – – – – – – – – – – – –

    You make it sound like we need help in being proved right yet again. You called it, it’s a rollercoaster but mainly on the download with a few occasional ascents.

    if Pardew had been given monthly awards for most underperforming manager too, he wouldn’t have enough house room.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    So what are Alans dwindling supporters using to justify his continuance as manager of nufc? League position? Manager of month award? Last dozen game stats?

    I will be amazed if losing against the mackems time and again in such a paltry way will be the only disastrous occasions we will witness before thus season is out. What is Pardew bringing to this club that people still find worth backing the guy up? If Ashley could take his eye off filleting Rangers for a moment, he has an opportunity to fire this coaching crew and get a new one in while there’s still time in the season to build.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9


    You’ve hit the nail on the head, I’m much more interested in him doing the right things. At the moment for me his decision making is poor!! That may come with age however I pretty certain he won’t make it in the prem. Time will tell lads, I heard all this with campbell, Chopra, Donaldson and many many more!! I’m sceptical for good reason, how many have actually made it!!

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Our toon

    Totally disagree with you. No point carrying on this as we clearly can’t agree or get any further. Just watch some of the lads highlights, he has looked very much like getting a goal. Just fine margins.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope it’s not the same people who are slating Pardew for not giving Armstrong a chance that are slating him for bringing him on.

  • Mag52

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda(previous post),

    You say 24 million invested in these three players as if that’s a lot of money in the world of premiership transfer fees. You’d be pushed to get a top proven goal scorer in for that sum these days.
    We’ve had them in recent times, Loic Remy, Demba Bar, both playing under Pardew and both regular scorers.
    If we’re not scoring, just one defensive error and we’re in trouble.

  • toon kk

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #13

    The thing is we didn’t play badly yesterday, we played to our full potential but with some key players missing we simply haven’t the team to put out to win.
    pardew tried to push for a win, had Remy still had been in our squad we would have probably won. Who knows!

  • lesh

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail for Ashley

    I suspect you’re right in hinting that Armstrong’s detractors are some of those slamming Pardew for not playing the lad.

    Pardew has failings but with some folk, he can’t win no matter what he does.

    A number of this blog’s posters don’t understand the term ‘even-handed’ and will take any opportunity to slam the manager and players like Gouffran, Obertan, Willo, Tiote, Saylor and others.

    Fickle? Nah… Well maybe just a little??

  • bladeuser

    Dec 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Pardew out ahsley out willo out gouffy out colo out arsenal kiss arse sissoko out overhyped accident waiting to happen tioti out in fact turn the lights out we r also rans and a feeder club who are on a road to nowhere Merry xmas nufc fans and f@@@ all u pardew lovers

  • Diggedydaws

    Dec 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Merry Christmas to u to blade user…u fun vacum!

  • HTT

    Dec 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #17

    You know I don’t really know why people are having a pop at Armstrong or the decision to bring him on – the lad either needs to be loaned out or he needs to get some time here. Anyways he looked lively, certainly better than Cisse – so that justifies the decision to bring him on for me.

    My gripe with Pardew is he started Gouffran against a defensively minded team. We should have had another outlet on from the start, instead we only started to go for it in the second half – took big risks throwing people forward and got done.

    We look a very poor team at the minute, Pardew has to take the blame – just like he took the plaudits when we were getting a few good results.


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