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Pardew – Arsenal Comeback Could Ignite Our Season

Alan Pardew has done very well since he came to Newcastle, under the very unfortunate circumstances when the very popular Chris Hughton had just been sacked.

Alan Pardew – Arsenal turnaround could ignite our season

In fact Alan’s come across as a class act since then, and he’s an excellent communicator and seemingly able to get across to the fans what he is trying to do at the famous club, and there’s no doubt that Alan thinks Newcastle is just massive.

It’s certainly the biggest job Alan will ever have in football, and he knows it.

Newcastle have never been in the relegation fight this season, but there were grave doubts about that when Newcastle were 4-0 down to Arsenal after only 26 minutes.

I wrote a piece at half time about why we all shouldn’t panic, and of course it badly affected our goal difference, which can be worth an extra point in a  relegation battle, but after all it was only 3 points lost, and all that good stuff. 😀

Of course that never saw the light of day, after the Magpies came back in what is now a very famous comeback in that second half. What a team!

We were always told at IBM there was big opportunity when things were in turmoil – but that was ridiculous! 😀

And Alan thinks that the recovery – which was full of guts, pride and glory, laid the foundations for what became a good four points in the away games at Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City.

Alan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“There was a mood swing – you saw it in the players. They came off the pitch ecstatic with the draw.”“And the Blackburn and Birmingham games were important and set up the next two games for us.”

“OK, against Arsenal it was an amazing day – but we only got one point at home.”   “We have four points to show from the other two games away from home.”

“That has put us in a position where the season has been put in the balance. We can’t lose momentum.”  “The 45 minutes against Arsenal in the second half established that momentum and we needed it.”

“We’ve got momentum and we need to keep it.”  “Look at Villa. They lost momentum this season and almost ended up in the relegation zone.”

“We can’t think for one minute that the same won’t happen to us if we become lax.”

And Alan came out of the Arsenal game looking golden, as we cannot even imagine what it was like for him in that first half, when Newcastle looked all over like a relegations side devoid of skills and fight, and it seemed a case of how many Arsenal wanted to score.

We were angry at what we were seeing, but Alan’s right, that half time talk and the lads’ amazing second half comeback, which is now part of Newcastle folklore,  could be the turning point of the season, into a season where we just survive relegation to one in which we can even qualify for Europe.

As an aside, I was interviewed on Israel Sports Radio earlier this week for about 25 minutes, and there were lots of support for that fantastic comeback – the questions were to do with Mike Ashley, Joey Barton, the sale of Andy Carroll, Ben Arfa and one interesting question was what if Ashley sold both Jose Enrique and Cheick Tiote in the summer?

What indeed, because know we are still at the mercy of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, and we haven’t got a clue what he is thinking of doing in the summer, if truth be told.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • aaronjd

    Feb 24, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone else stood in this que outside the new nufc store at the metro centre, waiting to see the players?

  • AndyE93

    Feb 24, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Is he ever going to stop going on about that bloody result! Great achievement it was he doesn’t have to go on about it every time he is interviewed. Still he is doing a very good job so far and i am pleased with the progress we have made with him and could potentially make with him. Nice style of football to watch instead of booting it long to Shola all day. Maybe Shola’s injury was the reason for this change?

  • SL_toon

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #3

    interviewed by Israeli Radio? Nice! Are there many nufc fans in Israel??

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    if we sell either tiote or enrique in the summer, mike ashley will not be able to attend any newcastle matches because of the fans fury.

    he cannot keep ripping up our club by selling our best players, with no ambition

    he’s already sold –
    carroll, martins, milner, nzogbia, given, bassong

    need to keep our best players tiote, enrique, barton and spend the carrol money wisely , none of the latest transfer rubbish e.g crouch,bedtner, cole. we need good targets like gervinho/doumbia

    hope ashley makes the right decision to keep our best players and put his hand in his pocket ?

  • chuck

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Look get real Ed. we did`nt win the champions league or anything, we drew against a ten man side , helped by a couple of questionable calls, Even Nolan admitted we went out after half time to try and keep the score from being too embarrassing .
    We then got a draw against a side we should have beaten won a game against a bottom five side..
    This team is still a work in progress, a team in rebuild mode, with not the brightest top management.
    If they had any clue, Enrique would have been tied up for the next four years, instead of on his way to Liverpool, for the same amount we payed for him, dumb, dumb, dumb!
    Yeah i know you are a supporter who loves the club, but looking at it through rose colored glasses really does`mt help much.

  • Burni

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #6

    and looking at it through your shit coloured ones does does it chuck?

    and by the sounds of it ur not really doing much supporting just criticising.

    I think the arsenal match was very much the turning point.

  • fungus44

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #7

    chuck how do we know enrique will go to cesspool he might go back to spain if sold in the summer,we will all have to wait and see what happen,s if any one go,s out or comes in ,the talk of him going might be just paper talk ,i only belive any thing now when on offical site when they gety around to posting it

  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #8


    Are we witnessing the shoots of a special relationship between our NUFC and our Liverpudlian friends?

  • fungus44

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #9

    more talk sport s**t this is what they do make up story,s to wind up toon fan,s the world over we could well over take cesspool in the leuge yet then see what talk sport say .we have always been a talking point with the southern press because they know we bite at what they say

  • chuck

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Oh it`s the old southern press excuse.
    Get real Enrique stalled saying he wanted to reach the 40 point mark before signing, but his recent interview made it clear he wants outta here.
    Can you blame him, a team with a tightass owner with little other than EPL survival their ambition.
    The guy wants to play for his national side and possibly earn some silverware, not to mention more dosh, which is a given considering the fact he will go for a cut price.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Hey Burni, I’m pleased you don’t do economic stats! How can that farcical Arsenal game be a ‘turning point’ when we have only played oe game since?

    Any statistical trend needs time to play out – I guess you think winning the first game of the season means maximum points by May?

    Somehow, with Pauper Pardew around, I suspect you are not alone in your delusions. Europe, eh?

    When will this nightmare end and we appoint a proper manager to succeed the inestimable Hoots?

  • Spotlight Kid

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #12

    ‘one’ – that is…

  • bills-son

    Feb 24, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Spotlight Kid – you will have been one of the fans who wasn’t screaming when Ashley appointed Hoots eh?

    Your font of football management knowledge meant you just KNEW he was going to turn out top notch and that us mere mortal fans would be proven wrong.

    And now … that same unerring knowledge means you just KNOW Pardew is crap even though he has the backing of the players and has started well.

    It must be great to know as much about football as you.

  • bills-son

    Feb 24, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Spotlight Kid – pity is though your football knowledge doesn’t extend to knowing we have played TWO games since the Arsenal match.

    Oh well … even geniuses kept simple things wrong sometimes.

  • henock1989

    Feb 24, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #15

    why do he say so much

  • Burni

    Feb 24, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Spotlight as bills son says there’s bin 2 games. I think since the beginning of the year, in fact, since pardew came in, the defense has been stronger on the whole and the midfield has as well. They had a tough couple of days after —— left and the one and a half games after that were poor but since then they have performed solidly and I believe when our stronger players become available we will have a very good chance of pushin for Europe.

    I, like many people on here, believe that SUPORTING your team means just that and it narks me when people start being particularly negative when the team are doin well

  • fungus44

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #17

    so chuck you know this for sure right do you have insider infomation to say he defo going to cesspool then if so who and where you getting it from ,as i can see it,s all press speculaiton as nothing happing at nufc to talk about so they6 make things up to unsettle our players as always fact


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