Pardew – This Is The Key Stat In Tomorrow’s Game

Alan Pardew seems to think that the amount of possession we are able to sustain against Manchester United tomorrow at Old Trafford is important,  and will ultimately decide the game.

alan pardew - before Swansea game

Alan Pardew – possession is key

In his press conference for the game tomorrow, which was held on Tuesday afternoon, the Newcastle manager made a point of saying that his side had to improve in keeping possession of the ball and also in scoring goals in the second half of the season.

This is what Pardew said tonight:

“Three years ago we got a draw at Old Trafford, two years ago it was 4-3 to them, and it was a hell of a game where we perhaps should have got something.”

“Last year we won. The big reason we’ve done well at Old Trafford is because we retained the ball. We had an equal share of possession.”

“This particular Manchester United side, if they get to 60% of the possession, you’ve got no chance of winning the game because of the players they’ve got like Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria and Robin Van Persie.”

“They are just top talent and if they get enough of the ball they’re going to score a goal.” “I’ve had some really good days fortunately at Newcastle, and I wouldn’t like to put them in order, but winning at Manchester United is certainly right up there.”

“Against the top teams we’ve done well and we’re 9th in the division.”  “We’re not far away from the top. If we get a win, it’s Everton and Burnley at home next and it could put us in a great position.”

“So it’s all to play for.” “I do think this team is stable, it’s a strong middle of the Premier League team and we need to be better than that if we can.”

“I think this January is important. It’s important that big players come back to us and we do some business.”

Newcastle will be without Cheick Tiote, who got himself suspended picking up his 5th yellow card against Sunderland, and Mehdi Abeid is still out with the broken foot – he picked up on International duty with Algeria last month.

Newcastle won for the first time since 1972 at Old Trafford last season,  with a single goal from Yohan Cabaye in the second half, and it’s 79 years since we had successive wins against the Red Devils.

Hopefully that will motivate our players tomorrow, but it’s still going to be a tough game for the lads – given we also have 10 players out through injury.

What do you think?

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18 comments so far

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 25, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #1

    I hate Pardew as much as the next guy, but can’t really grumble at those quotes.

    He’s clearly stated we need to do business so if we don’t or we sell someone has to to take the heat for it this time.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 25, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #2

    By doing better than midtable he’s suggesting 9th – 5th. That’s where we’re at and we should be nearer the 5th mark if we had consistency. So yeah not his worst interview.

  • banjax

    Dec 25, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Best wishes to all the supporters, players and staff at Newcastle United. Here’s hoping for a better 2015 with a new manager and an influx of top quality players to prevent a slide down to the bottom of the premier league table, just like this year. Sadly I can’t see us doing anything but lose at Man U because we simply don’t have an experienced goal keeper and a squad thin on quality even with no injuries. Our owner will not invest in quality signings and who seems to have no ambition for NUFC to win trophies – our depression continues. Add to that a lack lustre manager whose command of the English spoken word compliments his tactical nouse – and viola – the recipe for success is ever further away. Happy New Year lads !

  • lesh

    Dec 26, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Pardew talks the talk but can’t walk the walk.

    Be best if he kept his trap shut.

  • Dulcinera

    Dec 26, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #5

    “This particular Manchester United side, if they get to 60% of the possession, you’ve got no chance of winning the game because of the players they’ve got like Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria and Robin Van Persie.

    I take it Pardews expecting a defeat tomorrow then. Of course united will have 60% or more possession at home tomorrow. We are one of the worst footballing teams in the orem league. We couldnt even play decent football at home to leicester for godsake

    I predict a 3-0 win tomorrow. Easily

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 26, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #6


    Yeah I agree but by his usual god awful comments those weren’t the worst. I am becoming increasingly frustrated with him in all aspects now and would be happy to see the back of him.

  • headtheball

    Dec 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #7

    We could win this game.
    The King has his LARGE filofax
    his LARGE glasses
    his LARGE ego

  • headtheball

    Dec 26, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #8

    This is a line from a book I’m currently reading called Kalinda by Evan Green about Australian life in the outback in the 40’s and 50’s. Excellent read similar to Bryce Courtenay.
    Quote: He was too shrewd, and too gready for money, to let desire hamper profit.
    The book was written in 1991. How did he know Mikey way back then?

  • headtheball

    Dec 26, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Everybody gone to bed?

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 26, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #10

    “I do think this Newcastle team is stable, it’s a strong middle-of-the-table Premier League team at the moment but we need to be better than that if we can. I think this January is important.

    It’s important that we do some transfer market business – and that our important injured players, people like Siem de Jong, Tim Krul and Davide Santon, come back to us.”

    Alan Pardew yesterday taken from his press conference yesterday, also talked about the need for greater possession and goals. Would seem entirely reasonable and correct and a message you’d hope is being expressed clearly to the owner, who is also regularly in attendance and can surely at least in part see this for himself.

  • Blofal

    Dec 26, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #11

    I really want us to go all out for Lacazette. Won’t happen for a variety of reasons but I’ve been impressed by him for a couple of years now.

    Sell Tiote for $15m an just use it to buy him. I’m happy with Abeid and Colback anchoring our midfield.

  • lesh

    Dec 26, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Glad to see the back of Pardew? You heathen.

    How can anyone wish to see the back of a man who’s clearly a key part of Ashley’s strategy for the Club.

    Given his history of putting up with having key players sold, repeated failures to buy players when we need them and his tacit support for Ashley, then yes, me too.

    He’s tried and tested as a good manager that keeps our Prem and therefore money-spinning status.

    Pardew seems to be a perfect manager for Ashley and I wonder whether he’ll be kited into Rangers when the matter of Ashley’s control is sorted out with the SFA.

    With a bit of luck, maybe Ashley’ll sell the club and its buyer has the ambition that Ashley hasn’t.

    We can only but hope.

  • mainemagpie

    Dec 26, 2014 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Does anyone recall the last game that Newcastle under Pardew “maintained possession”, “scored goals” and dominated a game such that we looked like the better team and were destined to win….Newcastle’s tactics are of defense and counter-attack…not possession and domination. Alan Pardew’s tactics are an anachronism. ” the representation of an event, person, or thing in a historical context in which it could not have occurred or existed”. Man Utd’s last game against Villa they had 65% possession and drew 1-1..Against Sunderland we had 52% of possession and lost a goal to nil…against Arsenal we had 49% to 51% of possession and lost 4 goals to 1….Against Chelsea we had 33% of possession and won 2-1….What Pardew is saying here is utter BS…it is not possession or that we “retain the ball” that creates success…it is what you do with that possession in creating goals that determines success, and quite frankly Mr Pardew your tactic of defend always and counter when possible, by it’s very nature, will always limit the creation of chances when you do have possession.

  • headtheball

    Dec 26, 2014 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #14

    You tell it like it is.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #15

    That is only a part of what he said. He also spoke in some detail about how the side has struggled to play possession football since the sale of Cabaye, and how without key players such as De Jong and Santon they have continued to struggle to maintain possession and use it effectively. He speaks of this as an area they need to improve on, and how they need these players fit and contributing, but he also spoke about the side also had other attributes such as pace on the break, which they’ve used to good effect.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 26, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #16

    just get in Carroll and throw him upfront with Perez from January. Will be an attacking force to be reckoned with. with the power of carroll and movement of Perez

  • headtheball

    Dec 26, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #17

    My ears hurt. We don’t need to know that the grass is too long or the fans roared the players on too much and caused the defence to lose concentration. What we need is an owner and manager who want to win trophies playing exciting football not gamblers and yes men.

  • Reyantoon

    Dec 26, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Speaking of the mgr,I don’t want to critisize him now,but the problem is if he leaves,I ‘ve
    a worry that Mike may stick with the likes of Bruce,Pulis or other British mgrs.Which is another same old same thing.I won’t expect much change with those.I ‘d better have pard than Harry,Bruce,Pulis or other local mgrs..


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