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Pardew – We Were Good In Patches But That’s Not Good Enough

Newcastle’s display last night was a lot better than the result – which was a disaster.

Demba Ba – in terrific form last night

For the second game in a row,  Newcastle were unable to get a win at home against a side lower down in the league,  and in fact we have only one point to show from those two home games.

And our next game against second bottom Bolton at the Reebok Stadium looked like an easy 3 points, but we’re not at all sure about that now.

Confidence means a lot in football, and Newcastle’s confidence is not high at the moment, and after Newcastle were on the front foot last night for the first 20 minutes, WBA got a shock goal.

And it’s true what they say that   goals change games – and you could see the confidence return to the West Brom side after they had scored that first goal.

What would have happened if Newcastle has scored the first goal last night we have no idea – but we didn’t.

And if Newcastle can keep the goals down, we have a striker in great form in Demba Ba, who again looked awesome last night, and scored another 2 goals to make it 13 in just 18 appearances this season for Newcastle.

And to think in the last 6 games the Senegal striker has scored five goals including two braces, and Newcastle have just two points from those games.

And Pardew offered this praise for the Newcastle striker:

“He’s been brilliant this year and probably the pick of our bunch tonight. His all-round play was terrific.”

 “We just need to get back to what we were doing at the start of the season. Tonight we were good in patches, but patches aren’t good enough.

“We need to get that win under our belt otherwise we are going to put ourselves under pressure. The longer you go without a win the more unsettling it can be for the group.”

Newcastle will now need to regroup for the Bolton Wanderers game next Monday afternoon, but the emphasis in training has to be on becoming more organized, and especially in defense.

We must stop conceding soft goals, otherwise this bad run could continue.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Was Santon taken off because of an injury?
    Colo was well below par, Best was invisible for most of the time he was on the field and Tiote is far from being at his best. On the plus side Vukic was sharp and did everything other than score

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #2

    My question is why can we not play a for mation rather than a rigid 442, against a fluid formation we will get a fearful hammering

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #3

    what a bout a daimond formation

    back 4
    Cabaye Vuckic
    Best Ba

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #4

    people criticize me for critisizing Shola, i mean if some one plays bad what do you do, keep urging him to come on even when you have been waiting paitently for 10 years,

    when i start supporting NUFC shearer and bellamy was the 1st choice strike force and shola was like vuckic up and coming (hell there was a chance of him getting an England Cap)

    since then likes of kluivert,luque,siberski, owen martins lovekrands have all come and gone but he is still there.

    2 schools of thought

    1 he was worse than all of them, the other slightly twisted, he has oyutlasted all of them.

  • TS -77

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #5

    You dont change a wining team. But now when were dont it could be time for a change! Keep Ba and Best upfront, they had a good partnership before the slump. Try Ben Arfa on right wing instead of Obertan. Bring in Willo instead of Perch and Vuckic could actually keep his place for some more games. He wasnt far away from score 2 goals yesterday. Sorry Cabaye, you are a good player and its not your fault but keep up the good work and you will win back your startingberth..

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #6

    fine, i do not go to games like some of you but we see matches on TV listen to so called experts we are entitled to our opinion, if you do not like it, you have choice

    psedo name comes first and then the comment.

  • spitfire_

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Why we continue to play 3-5-2 after Ba score the second? I didn’t see Simpson in our half in the las 15 minutes. And as far as I remember we played 3-5-2 against Stoke in the last season. Pardew should learn his lesson until now. I don’t think that anyone will complains with draw last night especially after our awful play. Instead, he try to win the match with a team without confidence and in a bad shape. Keep holding HBA on the bench and put Besty on front… it works.

  • kingkev9

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Spitfire- we didn’t play 3-5-2 and haven’t all season.

    As for people saying we played well last night, that’s rubbish, I’d say it was our worst home performance by some way. Cabeye must come back into the team, Jonas, oba, tiote have no vision or creativity. As for Best he is awful, slow, bad touch and no movement, last night showed why Long is a regular for Ireland and best isn’t

  • ballerfan2

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Cabaye is one of those players that gets through so much work without always catching the eye. This prompts one or two comments about him not doing much by fans who want to see him constantly making eye catching passes and scoring stunning goals from the edge of the area. What was missed last night was his calm influence playing simple balls and keeping possession and just keeping things ticking over. Why do you think Man Utd looking at him as a replacement for Scholes? That is the type of player that was so obviously missed last night. For me he has become the most important member of the team and last night’s game vividly illustrated that.

  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Indian Magpie – agree with you about the formation. T o play a conventional 4-4-2, you need better wide men than we possess, especially the headless French chuck.


    Dec 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11

    To play any other formation we need good wing backs.. We don’t have those do we.. I get so frustrated watching Simmo.. He only turns back.. To scared to play the ball on the ground… No desire to attack.. We can’t have players like that and expect to win..

    Was long ball after long ball against west brom.. The amount of time tiote and Vuk came short asking for the ball and never got it… Terrible.. No wonder tiote wants leave and go somewhere where someone is brave enough to pass him the ball


    Dec 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Also, we looked so much brighter when HBA came on.. The best team for me is a no brainer
    Santon wilo collo new left back
    Tiote Guthrie
    HBA. Cabaye Gut

  • ash1001

    Dec 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Its just an opinion like all of the comments on here, but, one person that has to get a grip is ALAN PARDEW himself. I was prepared to go along with him earlier, I know the results of late have been bad and he has to accept a lot of the responsibility for it.
    He is not strong enough to stand-up to the owner, we could all have told him were the weakness’s where if he is too blind to see them himself. All we got from him was the squad is OK, we are now getting it again, “we have sufficient to cover our needs up front when BA goes off to African Cup”. like hell we have. The same applies to the defence including left back. His excuse that Santon had a knee injury last night sounds very madeup -will see how that develops.
    Neither of the Ameobi’s are up to scratch, Shola is past his sell by date if he ever had one, (by the way instead of bursting a gut to get on last night it took him just over 3 mins to get himself kitted out to go on), Sammy is far to raw for the PL yet.
    Vukic,his shooting excluded did nothing to help in midfield therefore Tiote was over run, it was good to see HBA get on, but it should of been much earlier and when he is on, one rule that should apply to him is – do not give him the ball on the half way line, he got it last night – lost it -and WBA missed a sitter.
    Sorry AP its time you stepped up to the plate and got it all sorted out, the fans are far from blind, we know where the problems are.

  • planb

    Dec 22, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Message to Pardew if you want to continue as manager of NUFC tell your Billionaire buddy to dig deep and spend some cash in the transfer market and tell llambias to get the helicopter warmed up!


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