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My Tactics Simply Didn’t Work On Saturday Against Stoke

It was a disastrous result on Saturday, as Stoke walloped Newcastle 4-0, and now we have to stew in this result for a long two weeks, before we meet Wolves at St. James’ Park.

Alan Pardew – my tactics didn’t work

But at least Alan Pardew is not ducking his responsibilities this morning and he has at least admitted the tactics didn’t work.

And against Wolves we want to see a very attacking formation, because Wolves have a weak defense, so we just have to attack their weakness.

Pardew played three center-backs to combat Stoke’s aerial threat and played a 3-5-2 formation, but Stoke still got four goals, but to be fair all four goals were from some very weak defending by the Newcastle side.

And it was very like the Bolton game (5-1 defeat), because if you take away the diabolical goals we conceded in both those games, the rest of the games were fairly even – but that’s little consolation today of course, as Newcastle are now a slim 4 points above the relegation zone, and that’s  the closest we’ve been for many months.

This is what Alan said about his tactics:

“I think when you play Stoke the set play situation is something you have to deal with. We played three center-halves to combat that and it has not worked.”

“I thought Sol Campbell would cope with aerial threat better than Steven Taylor and that is why I gave him the nod, no other reason to be honest.”

“The two goals after half-time changed the game because up to that point we had subdued them quite well.”

Alan has to get that defense working well again and it’s a little scary that we are leaking so many goals at the moment.

That’s 6 goals we’ve conceded in our last two games (both defeats), and only one scored, and it’s doing nothing but harm to the goal difference, which could be worth another point in a close relegation battle come May 22nd.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • G

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh at last, AP taking responsibility. Well done, now sort it out.

  • jarnytoon

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #2

    right, dust yourselves down, dont p8ss about with untested tactics and play to what we know how to play!

    back 4, 4 across the middle and best and lovenkrands up front, tried and tested!

  • Graeme

    Mar 21, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Tactics? Dont believe him – he misread his box of mints – he meant tictacs. He wouldnt know a tactic if it bit him on the arse!!

    If there is a summer school that does 6 week “All you ever need to become a Premier League Manager” he needs to go on it PDQ!!

  • Burni

    Mar 21, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe its just because people had grown to like hughton that people accepted the losses, like Blackpool, blackburn, Citeh, Stoke, West Brom Bolton et al. Yeah Pardew has been at the helm when we have lost a few but on their plus days they have played better IMO. Im glad Pardew has come out today and said this as its true, his tactics were shite! here tho, still 8 games left and I think we could easily get some points out of the last games of the season! I’ve got me fingers crossed and I truly hope some money gets invested in Summer. We shall see tho until then, Ill keep on SUPPORTING the team.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Mar 21, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #5

    His tactics have been poor for the past 2 games at least. Against Everton he had Simpson playing everywhere just so he could accommodate Steven Taylor into the side when there was no need to remove Simpson from his usual right back position, and that’s what cost us that game as Arteta had a lot of space time and time again playing against Steven Taylor as Taylor kept tucking into the centre backs position instead of closing him down.

    Then against Stoke, for some reason he decided to change the formation completely and played a player who had 4 minutes of football this year as a centre back against a team that EVERYONE knows is going to battle for every ball played into the box, this ultimately led to a lot of confusion in the box and it probably why we conceded 4 goals on Sunday. Also his insistence on playing Lovernkrands is really starting to annoy me now. The guy is anonymous for the majority of games he plays in, I don’t care if Ranger isn’t professional enough in training or not, the guy scares the living daylights out of defenders so why not start him or hell, play Kuqi as a battering ram, just please don’t start Lovernkrands again.

  • chuck

    Mar 21, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #6

    My tactics did`nt work, no shit !
    Would`nt know a tactic if it hit him in the ass.
    Taxi for Pardew , please !

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 21, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Do you know what irritates me most about his ‘tactics’? If you look at Stokes line-up, they haven’t got multiple aerial threats, they’ve got the one big forward and two centre halves, which is standard for most teams.

    We should have played our usual back four, which Pardew has seen fit to meddle with recently. Then we’d have had Ameobi, Nolan and Williamson to pick up their lumps, having a lot better shape and familiarity in the process.

    He’s clearly someone who over-elaborates stuff, to try and take some personal glory. He’s the kind of guy, who’d ignore the sat-navs quickest route, to take you through a ‘short-cut’ he knows of, only to end up in a 2 hour traffic jam. Arseh*le.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #8

    So called “supporters” slaggin the manager and team off as usual, try gettin behind the team u borin bunch of miserable bast*rds

  • chuck

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #9

    What manager in football would have employed a three man rear line ? it`s suicidal !
    Yes it was three center backs with the wing backs employed further forward, but what the f**k is that about ?
    At times it appeared we were employing four wingers, that plus Tiote who normally sits in front of the back four, was left confused as to where he should be.
    The result was total confusion and we ended up
    reverting to the long ball.
    All this for Stoke ?
    What planet is this guy on ?
    Look if you are going to employ complicated tactics, it`s normal to practice for some time until everyone`s on the same page, obviously that was`nt the case.
    Better to stick with a back four, leave Tiote to clean up in front, then either a three plus two or a four plus one.
    Football is a simple game, dont complicate it.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Cockney Magpie;

    You’re boring. Realise people have different opinions to you, accept it. I supported Pardew, but find it hard to continue to do so, when he demonstrates how inept he is, two games in succession. Yet spouts a load of crap continuously, about how he “offers something a little more and different” and other assorted babbling.

  • chuck

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #11

    we should get behind an idiot who does`nt know s**t and will probably get us relegated ?
    Talk about bad tactics !

  • Cockney Magpie

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    We should get get behind whoever is leading our team and whoever pulls on the black and white shirt. What do u really think is the best tht can happen by whinging about it so we had a big defeat, r u really tellin me this time last year u wouldn’t have been happy bein 11th with 8 games to go? Time to get real lads

  • Davies

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Burni @ 4 – Agree completely.

  • chuck

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Soh it`s ok to get behind a manager who employs “on the job training” tactics, while engaged in a struggle for PL survival ?
    And we should support him regardless, with no room for criticism.
    Well if you want to ignore reality, sure, whatever makes you happy!

  • Burni

    Mar 21, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #15

    ccolcat, I dont tend to disagree with ya mate but ur point about two losses in succession is null and void. Two games mate…. come on even the great chris hughton had a two game losing streak and some of the losses under him were from worse opposition than Stoke. I personally dont find cockney boring at all, Im starting to slowly notice a divide growing on here. There are people that, like myself will reserve judgment until the end of the season and support the team no matter how pants the tactics were or the players (lets not forget them eh) and people who are starting to over react at a couple of bad results. Im not denying they were poor coz they were and Im gutted but, like I say ill reserve judgement just as you, and maybe a few others should, until the end of the season theres no point in getting wound up. Football is about passion and its good to see but you’ve gotta agree, when ur on here sometimes it just sounds like a bunch of whiners (not aimed at you)

  • Burni

    Mar 21, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    cool cat thats meant to say “I tend to agree”

  • djm...

    Mar 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Lads I have a few coaching badges and before the sheet was released I was thinking play the 5 at the back, although I had steven Taylor in there instead of Campbell.

    Fact is there where teamsheets on here that had 5 at the back too, plus at least 1 I saw with campbell at left back, even one or two posters saying we should leave our best defender, coloccini, on the bench.

    Thing is, when it all went pear shaped all those posters who called for these tactics before the game have now turned on pardew, what’s that all about?

  • dave 1961

    Mar 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #18

    so its only a couple of bad results seems I have been watching a different team then.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 21, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #19


    point taken. It’s the manner of the defeats people are upset about. Both of these results lie firmly at the door of Pardew, his team-selection and tactics were poor, he’s very erratic. Sometimes excellent (at Birmingham) then other times clueless (last two games). He needs to have the courage to use youngsters too, from the start. I want the guy to do well, because that means we do well, but he’s a hard man to like.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 21, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Get Simpson back to right back & Steve Taylor back at CB with Tiote suspended it may be worth playing Colo in midfield. Ameobi & Best up front weith Ranger & Airey on the bench

  • Nufc-83

    Mar 21, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Well said DJM and Burni tbh

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Well the first two goals were Sol getting outheadered by Walters and Sol heading it back across our goal from in front of the front post.

    Fair play to Pardew though….liverpool tried this formation and it worked well and at least hes come out and took some responsiblity.

    We didnt really get domianted by Stoke in all fairness.

    He has two weeks to look at Wolves and pick accordingly….Ferguson deserves a start after that outragueous run and shot, Sol deserves to have played his last game for the club.

  • magpie6699

    Mar 21, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #23

    And for those who think it’s a bad idea to get behind the manager and team, the alternative is……what??
    Boo them solidly every game?
    Change the manager again? Now? To whom?
    We have to keep the faith and do our best to ensure we don’t get relegated, don’t we?

  • dazza

    Mar 21, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #24

    spot on BiffBaffBoff

  • Brutooon

    Mar 22, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #25

    Collocini as a Defensive Midfield is a good option

  • alannewman1986

    Mar 22, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #26

    A suicidal problem some fans are making is that they are being so ‘supportive’ no matter what the owner and the management did for the past many years.

    The club owner simply loves these type of fans =)

    My opinion is simple: When something wrong happens, fix it.

    Being an optimist is good, but only when it happen at the right time. These ‘optimists’ are one of the reasons why the fat c is still here and caused the club a relegation 2 years ago.


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