That’s A Big Bear We’ve Got To Fight In That Pit!


Alan Pardew will know all about the atmosphere at St. James Park when the stadium is chock full of over 52,000 mad screaming Geordies and when he comes back to Toon tomorrow we expect Palace to be a hard side to beat.

But it is also a game we should be winning given our improved form over the last three games,  following our pathetic capitulation at St, Mary´s Stadium almost three weeks ago.

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Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace last year

Palace hammered us 5-1 last year in the league – another one of Newcastle´s pitiful and catastrophic displays under the woeful Steve McClaren.

This is what Pardew thought about that game:

“That was a night that everything went in for us. It was never a 5-1 game.” “But we got goals at the right times.” “The result didn’t really replicate the game.”

“The Newcastle fans want to see their team play with heart and spirit.” “The atmosphere will be red-hot. It’s a tough ask to try and win there.”

“The atmosphere will be red-hot and it’s a tough ask to try to win there. “At the moment it’s going well for Newcastle. That’s a big bear we’ve got to fight in that pit!”

“We’re still not mathematically safe and that’s the task at hand.”

The next two games are winnable games against Palace at home and Aston Villa away.

If we can beat those two sides it will set up a do-or-die final home game against Tottenham Hotspur, where a win would probably be enough to save us this season.

If that happens that would be the second successive season we will have avoided the drop on the final day.

Here´s hoping for that.

Comments welcome.



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67 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Apr 29, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    ..aaaaannddd there he is again.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 29, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    To be fair it was a 5 – 1 victory Palace absolutely destroyed us and went for the kill! If only Pardew had sent his Newcastle teams out to do that against teams at St James’s who were there for the taking rather than parking the bus at home!!

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 29, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Next article we can have a photo of Alan at home relaxing in his CP onesie watching Ant & Dec’s takeaway, eating somebody elses dinner.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 29, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah I’m not sure how we got a goal.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 29, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    He’s taken comparatively little Crystal Palace to an FA Cup final, and I’d love to see them win it. Who wouldn’t when the opposition is a senior club. If he’d been given more say in transfers at Newcastle, it could easily have been us. Instead of out at the first hurdle, year in, year out, and battling relegation.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 29, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    He’ll get booed by a percentage of the crowd, I suppose. The majority will be more gracious, I imagine.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    jimmy,
    But he wasn’t and he quite happily fielded weakened teams every January knowing that it was not club policy to try to win a cup. An absolutely disgraceful stance and way to run a football club.

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  • martoon

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    hibbitt from last topic – I presume you mean WHY should Pardew deserve any respect. Maybe I’m old school but I just think booing an ex-toon manager is disrespectful. Yes he has some records not to be proud of but he also did some good things as well working under difficult constraints.

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  • lesh

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib

    I reckon the FA ought to kick the impose a 15 point deduction on the Mackems plus another 60 carried into the Championship.

    That sounds reasonable don’t you think?

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  • lesh

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Looks like Parwho’s joined Sam in playing mind games. I’m confident that Rafa’s up to it though and won’t get involved in any of it.

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Mmm
    Blog killed by someone mocking the administrator for posting articles on the manager of the team we play tomorrow at SJP !
    How very he dare he !

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  • lesh

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Martoon

    Apart from owt else, booing Pardew could just fire the Palace players up enough to play for their manager.

    Polite applause would be appropriate

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Lesh
    Sounds like a plan 😀

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah, but it wasn’t ever really his squad, and it was often ludicrously unbalanced because of Ashley’s wrongheaded approach. The biggest criticism I think you could make of Pardew is that he didn’t front the owner for his folly, the way Rafa did at Liverpool for example. Other than that, he seemed on balance a legit enough EPL manager to me.

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    should have read
    Ed – how very dare he

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Totally agree there jimmy and it was totally wrong how he wasn’t backed after that double manager of the year.

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  • hibbitt

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    jimmysmith / martoon

    pardue was happy to do his masters bidding he has no respect for this club or the fans of this club he was only interested in ashleys money

    jimmy i take it you haven’t been to a game in along time even the moderates never shed a tear when he jumped ship

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    I see old allardyc’e less than subtle mind games have started.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    lesh

    polite applause….. really!! Total ignorance would be the best. his ego wouldn’t like that.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #20

    martoon

    isn’t head butting a player and calling pellegrini a f—– old c— disrespectful

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  • hibbitt

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #21

    the best way to put pardue down is beat palace then give him shit at the end of the game

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  • BandB

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #22

    I think a non-stop chorus of “Rafa Benitez!” would send the right message to all concerned.

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  • hibbitt

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda heights
    spot on
    the man’s a foul mouthed womanising thug with no respect for this club or its fans

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail…….. Regarding you being accused of hypocrisy by Ruddy. The fact that you and others on this blog have put their hatred of Ashley on hold whilst we are fighting this relegation battle does not in any way mean that you have become a turncoat or scab as Mr. Militant would no doubt prefer to label you.

    Ruddy’s hatred of Ashley will never allow him to believe that under the current ownership we are even worth supporting as a club. In other words he hates Ashley more than he loves the club. He made this very clear last night , but to come blustering on here waving his Ashley out banner like a Scargill mk.2 , at a time when the blog seems to be unified in our fight to stay in the PL isn’t helpful .Trying to bully bloggers into a guilt trip is indicative of his aggressive agenda which he expects others to comply with.

    Hopefully Rafa will stay and help to sort our club out from top to bottom .
    The
    time for inquests and recriminations is at the end of the season not now. My advice is keep the faith , go to the match, support the team and pray we stay up. Ignore Ian Paisley and follow your own agenda. HWTL.

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  • BandB

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s time to put Pardew to bed.
    I imagine he’d like that.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Bescunder him. That’s what I say.

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #27

    The time to put Pardew to bed is about 15.50 tomorrow hopefully.

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  • hibbitt

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #28

    bettyswallocks

    very good advice for all not just jail

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  • martoon

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda heights @20 – Agreed, yes it was disgraceful but two wrongs don’t make a right. I’m not trying to tell anybody else what they should do or think, I’m just saying, personally, I won’t boo him because he is an ex-toon manager.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #30

    Martoon…… I assume we can’t count on you to help with the bescundering operation then. Lol.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #31

    We know Benitez is the better manager, but even he is cutting his cloth at Newcastle, and it hasn’t been scintillating stuff, nor is it ever likely to be. Pardew has shown at Palace he likes to play attacking football given the players. He was someway down the list of villains at Newcastle in his time with the club, as far as I can tell. But ok. I agree, now is not the time and place. it’s water under the bridge, apart from the fact that Charnley, Carr and Ashley are still here.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #32

    band B

    Yes it’s great hearing the crowd chant rafa benitez.
    Pretty sure never heard them chant for AP, JC or SM.

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #33

    HEAD TO HEAD
    ———-NcleDrawsPalace
    League 17 6 8
    FA Cup 5 0 1
    Lge Cup 1 0 0
    Total 23 6 9

    STATS
    Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has scored in all three of his Premier League matches against Palace.

    Emmanuel Adebayor has scored six goals and assisted six more in his last nine league games against Newcastle United. He jointly holds the Premier League record for most assists in a single game (four for Spurs v Newcastle; February 2012).

    The Magpies have won more points in their last three Premier League games (5) than they did in their previous 10 (4).

    Newcastle are unbeaten in their last three games (W1 D2 L0) and they haven’t gone four games unbeaten in the Premier League since Alan Pardew’s tenure (six games in Oct-Nov 2014).

    The Eagles haven’t won a Premier League away game since December 19th 2015; they have picked up just five points in nine road trips since (W0 D5 L4).

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  • BandB

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #34

    Rotonda.

    Exactly!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 29, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #35

    jimmy

    I don’t know if you are aware that CP are in 16th and technically not still safe!!!!!
    This all with the likes of Bolasie, Cabaye, Zaha, Puncheon etc.

    Every now and again AP has a brief love-in with a 433 which worked for us twice in 4 seasons and earlier this season for CP, before he abandons it for the usual dour, ultra defensve hoofball and can we nick 1 mentality.

    From fleeting top 4 to bottom 4 in the blink of an eye, with the as always no plan B.

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  • ToonToon

    Apr 29, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #36

    Pardew will probably park the bus here to scrape a point. We know that he isn’t really good at comebacks if his plan unravels before half time. What we need to do is to be aggressive early on and break up Palace’s play with quick counter attacks. I would like to see Aarons start for once on the left with Sissoko centre and Townsend right. Get the first half goals and the crowd behind the team and we should be in a good position to take 3 points.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 29, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #37

    if by some miracle we escape do you think rafa will have the power to turn round and get rid of carr and charnley.

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  • martoon

    Apr 29, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #38

    bettyswallocks @30 – If I knew what that meant I could give you an answer 🙂

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  • magscar

    Apr 29, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #39

    Think ignoring Pardew is the way and unexpectedly I find agreement with BandB in that chanting Rafa Benitez would work on so many levels and concentrate crowd noise which needs to be at highest level possible.

    No need to regroup for Spurs game either 🙂

    RAFA BENITEZ

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 29, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #40

    it’s funny how SAF could handle enfant terribles and flair players like Cantona and harness their talent positively but AP was clueless with HBA.
    Now Bayern, Chelsea and Liverpool want him. Damning indictment of the procession of low grade appointmens prior to rafa.

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