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Alan Pardew – Newcastle Players Deserve The Plaudits


It must be very pleasing for a manager like Alan Pardew to see his team give such an accomplished performance yesterday, when the pressure was really on our lads.

Yohan Cabaye – after scoring yesterday

And before we scored that first goal,  Newcastle maybe looked a little tentative in the build up, and the TV commentators were saying such daft things like the pressure was getting to the Newcastle players.

But then after two great goals in just four minutes, we didn’t hear them say that for the rest of the game, as Newcastle were quite easily the better side yesterday at St. James’ Park.

Alan Pardew has given a multitude of interviews since the game finished yesterday, and he will be in great demand after his side won their 6th game in a row:

“To win six on the trot is truly outstanding from the players, they’ll get a few plaudits this week and they deserve them.”  “We were accomplished yesterday.”

” I think it was one of those games where you really needed to focus because Stoke have got great players.”  “We did – we were focused from the start and when we got the first goal, which was a great bit of skill from Hatem and a fantastic header from Cisse.”

“It set us up.”  “We looked comfortable from that moment. We haven’t sent a message out, we’re just doing what we do.”  “Our work ethic was the same, it was our four-pronged attack that won us the game. That’s Hatem, Yohan, Demba and Papiss.”

“They really were in irrepressible form at times. That gives you a chance in games.”  “We now go to Wigan, who got a tough result on Saturday, that’s the next hurdle for us.”  “Cabaye was simply terrific. He scored two great goals but perhaps his pass was better than his goals,” 

“I was on the sidelines and I didn’t even see that run. He’s having to manoeuvre the ball with players left, right and centre so to find that pass is exquisite.”  “It was a good finish by the way, but that will have to go down as one of the best passes I have seen at this stadium.”

It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Newcastle can get their 7th win in a row at the DW Stadium next Saturday, but Newcastle will need to be ready to fight and scrap for every single ball.

That’s something the Spurs players didn’t show yesterday at  QPR, and they paid the penalty,  as the newly promoted side deserved their 3 points with a 1-0 victory.

Keeping the Newcastle players’ feet on the ground will be important for Alan Pardew over the next four games, but the lads will be trying to pick up as many points as possible in that final run-in to the season.

We will also need a number of players in top form in those games, if we are indeed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2003.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.


210 comments so far

  • roblee7

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #121

    toonland – haha, sounds great! I’ve just taken a look on their website, not very sure which positions I can go for as I just left the Merchant Navy in Novemeber and otherwise I only have experience in shops and doing Data Entry with Royal B of Scotland….hmmm. how did you apply? Online?

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  • toonLYF

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #122

    dunno if any of you will remember, it didn’t change the game in any way, but there was a moment yesterday in the first half, where i think it had been a Stoke set piece and the ball was cleared from around our penalty area out wide to ben arfa just in our own half, and he just took the ball dead under his foot without even having to adjust himself, absolutely incredible moment, summed newcastle united up at the moment, just oozing class, everywhere on the pitch, amazing feeling.

    it’s my first year as a season ticket holder, so i’ve seen some pretty great stuff such as cabaye/ba v man united, shola v spurs, cabaye v wigan, raylor v everton, arfa v bolton and blackburn….but that moment alone when he took the ball with ease and confidence, and the way satisfied laughs of enjoyment could be heard all over in the gallowgate, moment of the season so far for me.

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  • roblee7

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #123

    toonfan76 * i mean!!…

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #124

    OK Cool, just making sure that we are definitely guaranteed at least Europe. Did I just say AT LEAST Europe? WOW haha LOVING THIS.
    I really like Perch now, it was great that the first thing he did yesterday was do an amazing goal saving block. Cabaye hitting form, Ben Arfa hitting form and being consistent every game (think he has been in at least one goal in the last few games), Cisse on fire, Ba playing good. This is just amazing! Challenging for top four!!

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #125

    Loved our style of play agaisnt Stoke as well. No lumping the ball up from the back. Even Williamson was looking to pass the ball. The team is starting to gel and starting to play fast flowing exciting football which Pardew said he will deliver.

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  • hotdog

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #126

    check the toastie – I would leave it as it is mate. The back four have a good understanding at the moment but perch is a great sub to have as he can fill a few positions.

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  • roblee7

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #127

    toonfan76….do you know a lad who works there called daniel hislop? little get he is, haha.

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #128

    Lads anyone remember this:

    Collocini said he will shave off his hair if Newcastle ever qualify for the Champions League!!!

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2009/11/07/coloccini-willing-to-cut-hair-off-if-newcastle-successful/

    I hope he doesn’t actually. I like his hair

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  • achtoon

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #129

    I dont really believe in fate but the way results have been going and the matches still to be played im starting to think we can finish third. That would be redonkulous.

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  • nufc786

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #130

    finishing third wud make pardew god to all of the toon army

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  • alkinou

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #131

    From Tom, Man Utd fan, via text: “Let’s not forget that after the derby, City have to go to Newcastle, tough game for anyone.”

    Found on the bbc site! I like reading stuff like that

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  • Jonny

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #132

    I don’t understand how people can leave Jonas out of their starting IX?? He would be one of my first names on the team-sheet.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #133

    Jonny

    I imagine he’s Pardews first name on the team sheet as well to be honest.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #134

    Jonas at dm plays really well, also i think Kerim Frei (born 19 November 1993) from fulham would be very good buy for the club and his wage would be much cheaper than jr.hoillet’s. His contract is up to 30.06.2015, his market value is something around 2M, so i think we could get him for 5,5 what do you think? We offer him european football and his agent persuades him to join us, because agent would get some cash for making the deal happen, but for now it’sup to what player wants.

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  • yorkshireToon

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #135

    Toastie – I was behind the bench and Simpson Came off because of an injury he indicated over that he needed to come off

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  • lukes26

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #136

    #100…thanks for sharing that. I actually gasped when I saw that skill from Ben Arfa. No wonder SJP was chanting his name throughout…even though Cisse is the one who has scored 11 goals in 10 games. Absolute joy to watch.

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  • GeordieGesus

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #137

    I’m watching the Wolves V Man Citeh game and have decided that dying of boredom is not the way to go.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #138

    @137
    such a horrible game, wolves sadly deserve to go down they are filled with barely championship quality players
    McCarthy and the owner really stuffed that team , signing rubbish overpriced players (doyle, johnson, hunt)
    Speaking of overpriced, city are no better

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  • Papiss9

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #139

    Wonder who’s gonne buy Jarvis in the summer. Very good winger in my opinion. Can’t be too expensive since they have been relegated

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  • Offkey

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #140

    Liverpool losing haha

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  • Papiss9

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #141

    Not surprised by liverpool. They are very poor at home, aspecially when they are favourites. I bet for a draw today, put 20 pound on that. Didn’t see them loosing tho

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  • bills-son

    Apr 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #142

    Got to say I think its a very sad – and bad – reflection on Toon fans that so few have responded with any credit on Ed’s article ‘Alan Pardew – Give Mike Ashley Some Credit’

    Those of you who still say “I’ll never forgive him” “I still don’t trust him” “its Pardew and Carr who deserve the credit not Ashley” are digging a hole for youselves.

    Because far, far, from being unambitious for NUFC – Ashley is actually THE most ambitious owner we have probably ever had at the Toon.

    Ashley will be loving what is happening now – and especially the fact that we are ramming it down the throats of his Spurs and Arsenal supporting mates In London who laughed at him when we got relegated.

    Anyone who has been on this blog for a year knows that I said a year ago that Ashley is the best owner of NUFC in my 50 years as a Toon supporter – THE BEST BY A MILLION MILES.

    Ashley wants exactly the same as we do – an exciting team of quality players who can win us a trophy.

    And if Ashley does ir – will YOU give him credit then ?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #143

    bills son

    You’re making something out of nothing mate. You know full well that everyone posts on the most recent article, and Ed puts up multiple articles at a time.

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  • paul_nufc_87

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #144

    One of our best performances of the season yesterday. Looking at our starting 11 it is now full of top class international players. Id say only williamson and simpson arent in that bracket but even they have been rock solid. I think simpson deserves much more credit given hes been an ever present all season which imo is a major factor in us bein so solid at the back. Its obvious looking back over the season a lack of defensive cover particularly central defence has cost us points. With Saylor coming back from injury and a new CB and full back we will have a really strong squad. Id love to see Pieters and Vertonghen come in.

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  • achtoon

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #145

    Based on this weekends performances we can beat city and chelsea. Bills son, take a breath. But in support of your comment ive heard two people, this week alone, saying the wont go back to sjp whilst ashley is the owner. I really question their intelligence.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #146

    Bills son – you go to the match yesterday?, was it ashley who selected the team yesterday and scouted the players on the pitch, Answer NO, was it ashley who appointed Carr and Pardew YES, thus he can have some credit, but for god sake give it a rest.

    If you want to address certain individuals who obviously gave you some grief for siding with Ashley over the last few years, so be it but dont group everyone together, Success on the pitch is what dictates whether Ashley is doing a gud job, and currently he is and i foresee a stable and exciting future for the club.

    Not sure it was Ashley who decided whether Jonas should play CM or whether we should now play 4231, so please why dont you drop your love affair and start making praising players and management staff first Ashley second.

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  • nufc786

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #147

    great article about ashley
    http://www.themag.co.uk/blog/mike-ashley-forgive-but-not-forget/
    forgive but not forget certainly

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  • Paps

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #148

    Achtoon – we played an unmotivated stoke team who’ve looked poor for a while. Chelski and city will be fully motivated as they need 4th/title so i wouldn’t be so confident

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  • Louis583

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #149

    I can’t comprehend the amount of s**t Sunderland supporters are coming out with,

    “krul, collocini, cabaye, tiote, ba, ben arfa, cisse…all would struggle to get into our side yet the mags and fans of all other teams wank owa them. absolute mystery why they’re doing so much better than us.”

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #150

    Paps

    If you won the lottery would you complain about the fact it cost you a quid?

    I don’t know who you are but take your polluting negativity to another blog mate! This is one of the greatest periods in the clubs recent history and to suggest that we will be beat is idiotic.

    Of course it’s possible but it’s equally possible we can win or draw against what is a very poor Chelsea team distracted by the fa cup.

    Man citeh aren’t guarenteed a victory against man ure so I don’t know what you’re getting at.

    Basically I respect opinions but I hate silly posts.

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  • MagPieMan

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #151

    I’m confident that we can get atleast one point out of Chelsea. They have the cup finale against Liverpool 3 or so days after there game against us so they will rest some player. Even without the finale I would be confident of getting something out of the game. We have finally got a formation that suits our players and gets the best out of them. We have been banging the goals in while keeping 5 clean sheets in our last six games, have a great team spirit and can do the ugly stuff when needed. This could be a key game in getting Champions league or fifth place and we may not get a better chance to do it.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #152

    Hughton was sacked and Ashley appoits Pards – we screamed blue murder

    Carroll was sold at 11th hour – no one wanted him to go

    Nolan, Barton and Enrique were sold – we thought it was a disgrace and a dismantling of the team

    We bought a bunch of unknowns, tiote who? We thought what s he doing?

    We bought Ba the free striker with a dodgy knee – we screamed where is our no 9!!

    We were in a lot of debt, without proper due diligence – we thought this makes no financial sense.

    We chanted ‘get the cockney mafia out!!

    We said we’re a selling club – then we bought the finest striker to grace SJP since Shearer.

    We are guarenteed 6th place. We have tea, spirit the likes of I haven’t seen since KK days. We are close to breaking even. We are fighting for CL football. We have 100m+ interest free loan.

    Actually, I think Ashley deserves a hell of a lot of credit, for not listening to the fans, and pushing ahead with his crystal clear vision for NUFC. Love him, never, admire and respect the guy – definitely!

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #153

    Bit disappointed we are only 16 points in front of Liverpool, who wud have thought that we even considered them rivals at one point, think they need some big money signings in the summer to compete with the Toon,

    The crowd needs to come up with a song for young Davide Santon, the boy is a Rolls Royce footballer, some tune that at the same time takes the p1ss out of Enrique, im sure somebodies composing something right now.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #154

    For those saying Pards, the staff and players got us here – of course they did – Ashley doesn’t play football does he.

    But Pards was his decision, and he provided the money for all the players we bought, he could have easily paid off the club debt, and would have been right to do so.

    No Ashley, No top 6 finish, no Cisse. Simples.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #155

    Spuugy – totally agree Ashley deserves credit for not only turning the club from a joke into a club that is now admired for all the right reasons, however it is all Bills Son ever posts about, he is trying to convert the already converted, nobody can complain how the club is now ran, if they do they are mental.

    The point is now dated for me. Ashley IMO has not even made many mistakes since he came in, we were a relegation waiting to happen before Ashley arrived, thats for sure, personally Ashley deserves credit for binning BSA quickly or he may have took us down. He was clearly badly advised regarding Wise, but he is long gone and the last 3 seasons have been excellent progress.

    I know that HE will probably feel that his biggest mistake was buying the club in the first place, if he was to somehow relay some feeling of pride in owning the club it would maybe convince me he is here for the long haul.

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  • davis_toons

    Apr 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #156

    Tbf Simpson is a better defender then Perch. But he cant attack with the ball like most modern full back. (Or Perch)

    Qus 1.
    Arent Defender suppose to Defender? (But he is a full back so he suppose to /assist attack as well)

    Perch is a better attacker then Simpson, as we have seem how he can bring the ball up the sideline before when he played RB perviously. But he is not really a better defnder then Simpson.

    But who is more of a utility/useful player. Without a doubt it is Perch.

    So the best solution is for us to SELL one of the two if we really must and get in a better RB.

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  • MagPieMan

    Apr 22, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #157

    Liverpool are on the same points as Fulham sitting 8th in the league and I fully expect all the Liverpool fans to be talking about signing big name players such as Eden Hazard and Huntelaar. They think that since they were regulars in the Champions league a few years back and were once a big name in football that they have the right to be in the top six and can have any players they want. I have no doubt that they will be talking about signing some of our players linke Cabaye, Ba, Cisse, Ben Arfa and Collocini and think that they are a bigger club than Newcastle and can just take there players. I think it would be a step down for any of our players to join them and hopefully Liverpool fans will realise that they’re not good enough for the top 6 and get to terms with being a slightly above average team.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #158

    I hav always believed in Ashlys vision for the club n he has to hav major credit, but he won’t get it why? Because that would mean ppl who think they know about how football should b run wud b proved wrong all along, the trouble with a lot of toon fans is they dive in without thinking about stuff n can never see the bigger picture there always thinking short term.
    Even now the mention of selling a player like say tiote there would b uproar but in reality the bigger picture of a say 25mill for him is we cud buy 5/6 quality players to improve the team/squad more than we already are, now b4 ppl start am not saying we shud sell him actually don’t think anyone player will leave (who would want to) this team is on fire n there is only one way were heading n that up.
    Ashly, llambias, Carr, pardew, carver, stone, pedro it’s all part of a jigsaw they is fitting together n works brilliantly

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #159

    Don’t know if anyone has noticed but are goal difference with spurs n Chelsea is down to jus 8 when jus a few weeks back it was 22

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  • paul_nufc_87

    Apr 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #160

    the difference in selling one of our star players this summer is that we have so many we wouldnt be left desperately short as we were when carroll left. we have a great team now and as much as id be gutted if anyone left and i cant see it happening now it would likely be for the good of the club and we have proved we can reinvest funds wisely

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