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Pardew – Our Fans Were Fantastic – But Our Team Was Not

Alan Pardew couldn’t say anything else, but to say the Newcastle side were just not good enough tonight against one of the lower half sides – Fulham.

Alan Pardew – we did not play well enough

And now that Shola Ameobi suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone during the game,  Alan admitted the obvious – we are very short of strikers.

Ever heard of Murphy’s law – it goes something like this.

“If something can go wrong, it will, and usually at the very worst time.”

Well that’s one possible definition of it – does it sound familiar?

This is what Alan told Sky Sports after the game:

“We did not play well enough tonight. The pitch was not the best and didn’t help either team, but we did not threaten enough and we could have been a lot better,”

“They didn’t let us play much, it was a tight, tense affair. But we have Arsenal on Saturday and hopefully we will come away with better points.”

“Shola’s injury has not helped our cause, it’s a blow and we have to make sure we now play a game that suits the strikers we have available.”

“The fans understand there was a blow to us on Monday and we need to rally together and I thank them for their support tonight, they were fantastic.”

Well it’s clear we are in a little spot of bother, as they say, and the players must pull themselves together quickly and be ready to go all out against Arsenal – nothing that happened tonight cannot be put right with a win against Arsenal.

But Alan and the lads will have to work on how we are going to score some goals. Maybe we need to see if any free agents are available – and where has Xisco gone?  Oh yes – we let him fo on Monday as well.

Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into Ollie! – is a prase that comes to mind at Newcastle this week.

To end on a positive note – again – I’ve got my boots still available – if required. 😀

Comments always welcome.

75 comments so far

  • NUFCmagpie

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #1

    pathetic, we have nobody who can fill carrolls boots..FACT. Nolan is our only other goal source but our ENTIRE style revolved around carroll. we cannot continue to play the same we did with him in the squad. time for Pardew to prove his worth

  • dougski

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #2

    chris coleman said about an emergency loan? is this possible i thought it was when you have all your gk out etc, and anyone know a list of free transfers available we could still get? surely there must be someone? kezman? shevchenko? an old war horse we need in!

  • Whitecap

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #3

    What Alan Pardew should have said:

  • Nick Collins

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #4

    A very disappointing performance and result. I’ve always had worries about how frail our attack is and tonight backed that up. But, even more worryingly our midfield didnt seem to exist. I honestly dont know where we’re going now. But, keep the faith!

  • archaeomag

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #5

    You let 2 attacking players go, loan out another, bring in an injured midfielder,
    . .then one of your remaining attackers gets injured within a few minutes of your next match – which you loose for a lack of attacking options.

    Well it’s not your fault Alan – just a run of bad luck!!

    Great – a football club run by compulsive gamblers.

  • roblee7

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #6

    we need….

    romelu lukaku from anderlecht, an unbelievable player and still 17 or 18

    this would solve the striker problem…

    n some cover at wing back areas please

  • mattnufc

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Ameobi’s cheek bone broke. Add him to the injury list. Who will we have on the bench for Arsenal??

  • roblee7

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #8

    mattnufc…f**k knows, probs phil airey, never seen him play but know he’s highly rated n does well in the reserves

  • davybtoon

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #9

    we were terrible tonight, fulham desrved it apart from rangers shot we didnt hav one shot on goal, and am sorri but that has nothin to do with carroll its bcoz are midfield jus dosent create anything its time start using ferguson,airey n vukic when hes bk from injury

  • BeeGuy

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #10

    I thoight the team gave a 100% effort, its just that some of the players have not matured or are at their best. With no threat up front, Enrique and Colo could not come forward, which hurt even more. This looks like what NUFC will have until March, and it is going to be a struggle. Then if anyone comes healthy again, they will have to learn to play with each other and within the system. One can only hope that things come together in April & the stones can be pulled out of the fire by end of season. AP has his greatest coaching challenge of his career & if he can pull it together, he will have this job as long as he wants it.

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #11

    We not only need a striker but we are in desperate need of a CB to partner Colo….his current partners are not up to the task week in week out because of injury and inconsistency. I also can’t understand the rationale of loaning out Routledge…surely we would have been better off with him on the right tonight and Barton in the middle alongside Nolan…

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #12

    The only defence I can offer is that the game plan was clearly get shola onto Painsil and play the long balls….then shola went off injured so ranger filled that.

    But we didnt have enough…terrible game to be fair, but typical us, we either dominate the game or loose.

    routledge was moaned about alot but why oh why havent we got him on our bench and instead on loan?? Would have added that something extra, simpy because of his pace.

  • Rafael

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #13

    a terrible performance, valuable points lost but its time to really get behind the team and stop moaning. Team spirit is the most important thing here, the last time the team lost their moral we got relegated. The fans have to get behind the players back more than anything now and a point at arsenal would be great.

  • Nick Collins

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #14

    @ Shot Bru I still believe Steven Tayls is more than capable of playing a decent standard in the PL. I don’t think a CB should be our priority. I personally think a striker is definatley top of the list, maybe even 2 new strikers. I also think we need a real winger. I still can’t get away with Jonas. But, Ben Arfa’s return in March should be a big boost.

  • Rafael

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #15

    that means getting behind the manager too

  • jimiley

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Just back from the game..coz I live in London. Garbage. We now have the weakest attack in the league. Best and Ranger are statues. Jonas is rubbish. Cannot shoot or cross. The four points welost against Spurs and Scum may come back to haunt us. We could have played all night and not scored. They had a few one on ones and were worthy of the win. We had two shots on goal against |Fulham!!!!!!!! I am wondering where the next goal is coming from. Nolan I suppose because nobody else can score. Anyway the owner is 35 million better off. Plenty of casino money there.
    Talking of the owner……
    He will never sell this club because he is making a packet. He has sold 75 million in players and bought 15 million. Work it out for yourselves. That is 60 million in his pocket. Lets not even mention SKY money, gate money, sponsorship etc. He is laughing all the way to the bank whilst he asset strips the club. And some mug punters think he is doing a good job. Morons. This club is going backwards. We will win nothing under this carpetbagger. We will be relegated again. Maybe not this year… but we are in for a fight based on what I saw tonight but probably next year. Somehow we have to get rid of the fat git and the rest of the Cockney hangers on.

  • Nick Collins

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #17

    @jimiley hope the game wasn’t too much torture for you mate! I share your opinions over Jonas. No end product whatsoever, which makes him a bit pointless. I do feel frustrated as well by Ashley and Co. But, in the end of the day as a fan I am just another pebble on the beach and can’t really make a difference. I don’t like Ashley, don’t you worry but I’m a firm believer that the anti-Ashley chants and thoughts should be left at home. I would much rather listen to the fans get behind the players rather than have a go at the board!

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #18

    Nick…..i wonder how many games Taylor has played in the last 2 seasons due to his many injuries?….i think his style of play is responsible for him being injured so much. We should play him up front when he gets back from his latest injury 🙂

  • Nick Collins

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Very good point. I still feel if (BIG IF though!) he was consistently on the pitch he would be good enough to compliment Coloccini. I must emphasise that big IF at the start mind! Haha, I reckon hoy Colo up there!

  • ToonOz

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #20

    And now MA is making a killing from new Torres and Judas jerseys – advertising them on Sportsdirect.com

  • balubas1

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Jonas.. One of the few who caused som trouble for the opposition today.. Slated by the unknowing again.

    You surely must realise that any player needs movement around him in order to get the time and space to shoot and cross properly?

  • balubas1

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #22


    About ashley and the cash… Youve got the numbers wrong. Im not defending him in anyway but the facts are that financially he has got our club back on track. On other matters theres a different story..

  • boater

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Just got back myself from the match. As if anyone needs telling, the fans were beyond awesome and it breaks my heart that so many travelled so far, sang so loudly above a tumbleweed fulham crowd, and are subjected to this pitiful situation. We do not have the tools we need to compete, we barely did at the start of the transfer window, but have significantly less going into saturday – which could now prove to be just a bloodbath.

    Any joy that comes into our lives has been trampled on. I knew when shola went off, the team would lose all shape and strategy, which proved to be the case sadly.

    As for the game, I divvent knaa – TV viewers can see more of what’s happening to be honest, than the championship prefab shack that’s the craven cottage terraces. I’d like to hear how the game went to be honest.

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Agreed balubas…i thought Jonas was one of our better players today…

  • jimiley

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #25

    So its everybody elses fault he cannot cross or shoot for the last three years? How many goals has he scored in 3 years? How many assists? lets not mention crosses from the corner flag because he cannot kick a ball that far. He is a rubber man who falls over at the first hint of a breeze.

  • jimiley

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #26

    I am going to bed. How do you reason with people who think that the fat man has got the club back on track. He is poison and is slowly killing the club.

  • balubas1

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #27


    He hold the ball up long enough for the rest of our team to get up the pitch. So he has probably contributed to MANY goals for us. He hardly ever lose the ball, he either gets a corner, makes the pass, or gets the freekick. Also he creates massive amounts of space with his runs which gives ALL OTHER teammembers more time and space to deliver. Also he tracks back, making our left side almost impossible to play through.

    Do I have a piont or two, or do you totally disagree?

  • balubas1

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #28

    Dont go to bed jimiley… I was just lecturing you in football!

  • jimiley

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #29

    I was there and it was crap man. We have no attack but the fat man has 35 million to play with doon the casino. He can still sell Barton and Enrique before he thinks about selling and leaving us totally in the can. He hates the Toon. He will sell the best players and then try to sell the club in the summer.Two shots on goal against Fulham says it all.

  • jimiley

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #30

    Off to bed. Jonas is pure rubbish. We will just have to disagree.

  • balubas1

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #31


    Pure rubbish ey… I hope thats the post match mood talking. Sleep tight

  • boater

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #32

    He needs to sell up now. I don’t know what else to say. I can handle Carroll leaving – I cannot understand for the life of me how in the first game after the close of the transfer window, we are relying on 2 strikers who have scored a combined 3 goals (from one game).

    We should have had 4 to 5 players in this window, just to keep in touch with the others. We stood still, we now have unthinkable problems with squad depth, it doesn’t bear thinking about.

    The fans deserve more, much more. But we know that already.

  • stestickle

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #33

    Yes jonas is not the greatest on the left but if he had 3 years on the right which is his proper postion and we had an left winger i think his stats would be queit different after all he had most assists in spain in the last season he played in before we bought him yes playing right wing you Knob support the players that want to be there JIMILEY

  • MacToon

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #34

    Boater, can only agree, the club’s being run like one of his p poor shops and he’s raking it in. £35m+ profit, no wonder he’s still here. Who’s next, Pardew’s been told to stick young Nile’s in the shop window and see how much he get’s for him in the summer?

  • stestickle

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #35

    wish he would sell up but have for a long time still waiting in hope

  • CT

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Never thought I`d say this, but until the end of the season, Vassel is a free agent! Jeso Christo, wot a mess? Colo was MOM again!!

  • Flop

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #37

    When we first heard about it – well, when I heard about it with him – he just said to me, ‘Whatcha think?’ and you can imagine my reaction towards him and everything, I was just delighted for him. He’s gonna be a great addition to hopefully what’s gonna be a great new start for Liverpool.
    Kevin Nolan

  • chambersl

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #38

    jimiley during ashley rain we have spend 60 million mate dont get me wrong im with everyone else dont like the bloke but just stating the facts its a tad more than the 15 mill u seem to think he has spend

    on other matters we were terrible to day graft but no craft from anyone we did great defencivly most of the game but we kept playing asif it was shola n carrol up top and not ranger and best think against arsenal we might play 4 5 1 with best up top by himself with nolan just behind him the sooner we reach the 40 mark the better

  • stestickle

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #39

    it was an midweek game away and had a 1 goal feel about it and it was fulham that scored move on not end of the world YET!!! sick off being pissed of with one of the main things in life i love a bit like the missus

  • cla5hb0y68

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #40

    During Ashley reign from May 07 with Allardyce as manager to 2010 and Hughton. Total player transfers into the club totalled 41.3 million quid. For the same period, player transfers out of the club totalled 41.65 million quid.



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