Pardew Continues To Win – Carver Wants 3 Points Tomorrow


After today’s games, Newcastle are still in 11th place in the table and now 3 points above Everton, who have just played to a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Goodison Park, and Newcastle are now 10 points above third bottom Burnley.

steve stone john carver on touchline

Steve Stone and John Carver

Hull almost pulled off the shock of the day at the Etihad this afternoon, and they were leading 1-0 with a goal from David Meyler after 35 minutes, but in stoppage time James Milner saved City’s blushed with a very late equalizer.

But Hull really need wins if they are to survive this season.

If Newcastle can get a win at home to Stoke tomorrow, we’ll be 13 points above the drop zone with only 14 games to play so we would be in a great position – and in 10th place above Stoke City.

It’s really what John Carver has to do – and to keep winning as much as possible, if he is to have any chance of getting the job of head coach permanently in the summer.

John was down to earth in his media briefing yesterday and he’s looking for a second successive win tomorrow:

“We need to build on last weekend’s success by getting successive wins. That’s what we’re aiming for now,” “I’ve seen some good work on the training ground and we want to go back to St. James’ Park and replicate that now.”

“We’re going to have problems this weekend with leaving some people out of the 18 for the first time in a long time, but we’re in a very healthy position at the moment.”  “Stoke is going to be a huge game for us. We’ll be looking to win the game to move above them and then we can look at attacking those further above us, like Swansea.”

“It was a difficult night under the circumstances at Stoke” “It was a disappointing performance because we lost the game but I do recall Jack Colback having a great opportunity towards the end of the game and I’ve made sure I’ve reminded him about that for this weekend.”

“We can enjoy our football now, but that doesn’t mean we can relax. We’re here to win – tenth place won’t be good enough, ninth won’t be good enough, we want to get as high up that table as we can.”

“We have to win the physical battle this weekend but Stoke aren’t as physical as they used to be. They have a variation to their game now, they have players who just get the ball down and play.

“Of course we have to match the physicality but once the game settles down after the first 15 minutes or so, that’s when the skill can take over.”

It should be a decent game tomorrow, but we are going to have to defend at or somewhere near our best against a  good Stoke City side, if we are to win this game.

Alan Pardew continues to do well and they had a massive win this afternoon at Leicester City, where they came away with all 3 points with a Joe Ledley goal after 55 minutes.

That’s now five wins in Alan’s first six games in charge, and 9 points from the four league games played so far.

That’s a great record when you consider Palace got only 17 points from their first 20 games of the season before Alan arrived – so you do sometimes get a good lift when a new manager arrives half way through the season.

We’ll get a better idea of what happens when you lose a manager half way through the season by tomorrow night, but we really need all 3 points tomorrow, and then we’ll have to go all out at Selhurst Park to get another win on Wednesday night.

If we can get two more wins by Wednesday night we’ll be flying again.

Howay The Lads!!

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93 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 7, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #1

    “We’re going to have problems this weekend with leaving some people out of the 18 for the first time in a long time, but we’re in a very healthy position at the moment.”
    Does this mean Colo gets dropped ?
    Toonbrother will fill his bags if that happens

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  • 9

    Feb 7, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Pardew clearly is much better suited to manage Palace than the previous regime (Warnock, latest). In less than 2 months he has turned them from relegation candidates to safe as houses, quite an achievement. It must help not having 50,000 paying punters who hate him, I hope we can finish above Palace, and I believe we will finish above Palace, as we certainly ought to do, all things being equal. Come on, JC!

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  • firebug666

    Feb 7, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #3

    If Coloccini plays tomorrow he had better show why he deserves to be there, because of late he has been pi$$ poor, and against Hull just diabolical.

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 7, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Houghton’s lost his last 2 at Brighton why don’t he get an article

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  • 9

    Feb 7, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Jeff @1 behave yourself! Of course Colo isn’t getting dropped/

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  • JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER)

    Feb 7, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #6

    A.Arghus ,N.Nunez Moll, O.Torales, who are these players? I updated My fifa 15 squad just now an i found them in the squad

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #7

    JAMSHA
    A.Arghus sounds abit like where Jesper was born
    Have you checked for Danish viruses ?

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  • 9

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #8

    C’mon, Ed, stop counting how many poinys we are above the relegation position. Have a bit faith, man – we ain’t getting relegated, nor nowhere near it!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Who is this Pardew you speak of?

    …anyways thought Leicester were the better side today, but they just cannot seem to score goals these days!

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  • AndyMac

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #11

    “It must help not having 50,000 paying punters who hate him”

    Strange how the Fatman/Pardwho luvvies seemed to suggest that we sceptics were in the minority ? Either we are in the minority but made the most noise about a slimy, toady, R’s kissing lackey or everyone at SJP knew he was just a journeyman manager waiting to get found out by the likes of Poyet ?

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #12

    AndyMac
    Press the tips of your middle fingers to the end of your thumbs and chant
    “Jai Guru Deva OMMMMM”

    now breathe out and let it go

    This is becoming a dangerous obsession

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  • AndyMac

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Alternatively Jeff why dont you get a life ?

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve got one ta
    Great comeback btw

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #15
  • stan anderson

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Talk of Pardew being shackled by Ashley,he was well aware of who he was working for and what was expected from him.He lied to the fans repeatedly as he was covering his boss,s ass.He did not have the bottle to tell the truth about what was happening at our club and got well payed for being the slugs lacky.
    Dont wish him any harm but i have no respect for anyone who works under the slimy slug.

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  • 9

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #17

    OK Ed, I’ll speculate:
    1 NUFC won’t get relegated
    2 NUFC won’t be in any danger of relegation, at any point, this season
    3 NUFC will finish in the top 10

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  • firebug666

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #18

    OK 9, I’ll Speculate:

    1. NUFC will not finish in the top ten this season.
    2. NUFC will not be relegated this season.
    3. NUFC will finish between 14th and 17th.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Tomorrow we’ll be discussing the merits of Joe Harvey….someone else who is no longer with the club

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #20

    PSV Eidhoven 1-0 against Utrecht 15 points clear in the Eurodivisie at the mo – FdB’s exit moves closer

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  • firebug666

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Jeff

    Be fair FDB has won it four times in a row and is looking at second this year, hardly statistics for the sack.

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  • 9

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Cheers, firebug. It’s perfectly clear what will decide how accurate(/lucky) our respective predictions will turn out. See you after last match of the season?
    ps Thanks for your note of positivity (cough)

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  • JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER)

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Jeff

    so have we loand him secretly :p

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  • 9

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #24

    ……oh, and just for a laugh, firebug, mate, do you have a view as to the result of tomorow’s match? (NUFC win)

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t think we will be in danger of relegation, think we’ll finish between 10th and 14th.

    I think we have some good players but are very much lacking in a single quality CB. Colo is past it and seems to lose focus, Willo isn’t the worst but below average for our league.

    Saylor is the only prem class CB in my opinion but never fit so can’t get into form and do well.

    Dummet is ok but wouldn’t want him there playing 38 league games.

    So we need to progress to be regular top ten and beyond we need at least 2 quality CBs and possibly a good left back as not convinced on any we have.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #26

    9

    You’re welcome, although my view differs from your positive stance on the subject, I have to say that a negative view stems from what we have witnessed under this regime. I am not really as negative as some may think, just a realist.

    I think Carver will keep us up, but not in the top ten, and if he is still in charge for next season then I think it will be a recipe for disaster.

    I consider myself fortunate that you only ended your reply with sarcasm rather than the last time in which you decide to debate with the comment “get a life”.

    So there is some hope of rational debate with you, however slowly it materialises.

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  • 9

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Hey Ed,
    Although the result will be obvious at the end of the season, how.s about a bit of fun between then and now:
    POLL
    NUFC finish in top 10
    NUFC finish 14th-17th?

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  • firebug666

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #28

    9 @24

    Yes I think 2-1 to the toon, same prediction I put on here yesterday.

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #30

    I also think Newcastle can finish 8th and almost certainly would be there now if not for that incredible run of injuries, which we are seemingly coming out of. In fact 7th or 8th, playing decent football, is probably Newcastle’s natural place in this league, with it’s inequity of wealth concentrated at the very top.

    We aren’t there, although not so far away, and maintaining a dissatisfaction with the ownership until we do is entirely reasonable, and even beyond to urge us on to better things, considering the owners wealth and capacity to give back.

    There’s clearly room for improvement, but what we have shouldn’t be diminished either.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #31

    9

    Do you think it’s nailed on we will be top ten? Just out of curiosity.

    I would say it’s possible but maybe more likely we will be 11/12th given our terrible defence. We have some very good forward players though just still struggling with them attacking and moving as a unit.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Stoke City have had no red cards this season !!!

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  • firebug666

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #33

    9

    What about 10th – 14th?

    Wow you really are optimistic or is that deluded. I take up a debate with you and you want ed to answer you problem with a poll to see who will be right.

    I take back what I said earlier not much hope in debate after all.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #34

    It’s a shame it’s only about keeping us up – how do you keep selling this scenario to future players?

    …sometimes I do wonder why any manager would want to work under these conditions! I suppose for some it’s just a job and food doesn’t buy itself!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Jimmy

    I’d say chelsea, City, Man Utd, arsenal, Spurs, Southampton and are definitely above us in quality so 8th would be best we could hope for.

    I also think that Swansea, West Ham and Stoke all have better rounded squads than us, we might have more quality with a few players but considering all areas of the pitch I’d put them ahead.

    I worry about the quality of our defenders, id say they are definitely on the bottom 5 in the league. Just the rest of the side makes up for them.

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  • 9

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Firebug @26.
    Good to hear you consider youself “a realist”. You won’t be surprised (I imagine) to hear I also consider myself “a realist”. Isn’t that exactly what Ed’s blog (apart from him raking in money from the advertising) is all about?

    I’m just so depressed to read the persistent, one-eyed neggers that dominate this place, and would really love an honest debate about NUFC, which is what , in my naievty, I originally hoped this place would bring about.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Transfer Sage
    There’s 45 points left to play for
    We could end up on 75

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Jesper

    I think a few reasons.

    For carver it would be his best chance to manage, he’d want to stay in the local area with his family and I think deep down he genuinely believes that even under these constraints he can give is what we want and instill some passion.

    For others it may be the chance to show their quality in the prem league with a team that is renowned for lacking ambition so if they do well they will get heaps of praise and if they do badly they will be able to blame it on the owner.

    Then there are others like pardew who used the job to reignite a career that was on the downhill.

    Obviously those who are ambitious might take us on as a stepping stone and won’t be here long (which is a bad scenario given we take an age to replace them).

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  • 9

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #39

    TS @31
    No, I don’t think by any means its “nailed on” we’ll finish in top 10; I just think it’s more likely than not, by a small margin, I confess.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #40

    9

    one-eyed neggers ??????

    Is that because they don’t follow your thinking mate. Everything I put on here is based on the evidence we have before us.

    Simple facts like we are no prioritising cups as that leads to relegation.

    We do not want to qualify for Europe as it is too expensive for us.

    We cannot compete in the transfer market etc etc.

    The only reason these players will push for tenth is to get their bonus payments.

    I just don’t think we have enough in the squad to get there.

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