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Pardew Thinks We Can Win – Here’s The Team To Do It

You may criticize Alan Pardew, but it’s hard to criticize his positive outlook on football and the fact that he goes into every single game with a plan to win it – and that’s unlike some recent Newcastle managers – particularly Sam Allardyce.

alan pardew smiling with beard

Alan Pardew – seems confident enough about tomorrow

And the Newcastle manager will have a game plan to win the game tomorrow, even though we have a number of our players injured again, and Manchester City have two of their best players Kompany and Aguero back from injury.

But confidence is part of the game of football, and this is what Alan had to say in the Shields Gazette today:

“That stadium’s a difficult place to get a result, but we’ve got the players to do it.” “That’s what we believe, and that’s how we’ll approach the game. I just think there’s always a chance of winning.”

“We were at Man United with 12 minutes to go, and were 3-2 up and we lost 4-3.” “And we didn’t have as good a side as we’re taking to Man City. So it’s always possible.” “Listen, they’ve got a formidable side,”

“They’ve had an indifferent year. Some would say they’ve under-performed, but so have we.” “That’s what people say about us. We’ve both got our reasons. We’ll learn from it, and both be stronger clubs.”

“It’s difficult to win the league and back it up. If you’re Man United, you’ve got experience. With that knowledge, it’s easier to do that. They’ll be better for it next year.”

“We’ve still got to deal with Tevez, Ageuro, Silva, Kompany and Yaya Toure. It’s difficult.” “The manager’s come out and said it’s over. I think that’s probably to take a bit of pressure off his team. “

“They’ll want to get eight wins, and see where it they end up.” “That’s probably his plan. We won’t get fooled by that.”

We’re not sure what the starting eleven will be given we have Coloccini, Krul, Haidara, Debuchy, Santon and Tiote all out injured – but maybe it’s something like the following:

Simpson Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Perch
Gouffran Cabaye (c) Anita Marveaux (or Gutierrez)

That’s not a bad side and gives opportunities to Simpson, Perch and Anita to show what they can do in the first team, and all three will be motivated to do well.

What’s your team for tomorrow?

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41 comments so far


    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    We have a chance but need a lot if luck, heart, grit and some city players to not turn up

  • magpie6699

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Think it’ll be 3-0 or 3-1 defeat. To be honest I’ll be more concerned about the results for QPR, Reading, Blunferland and Wigan Amputators.

  • MykToonFan

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Playing Perch at FB is generally suicidal. I think he’ll play Jonas at LB and Perch in DM.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Mackems v Manure
    Arsenal v Reading
    Soton v Chelski
    Villa v Liverpool
    Qpr v Fulham

    Worried about what results? 😀

  • jayphoto

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Think we might struggle, if Man city have given up on the title they might be playing freely, they have a 300m starting XI remember and we are missing alot of important players! Id settle for a positive performance, no suspensions and no

  • cyprus

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    QPR, Reading, Blunferland and Wigan Amputators.
    Do they, plus soton avilla, have difficult games?

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    We we get a point, did well at manure and arsenil, it seemed the pressure was off us and we played very well in both games, Marveaux in the hole was supberb, he found lots of space just behind their midfield, although the Everton game at home after he didnt get space and was ineffective. Pardrew should have switched him after 20 mins when it was obvious the away defence was sitting deep. I thought we did well at Man chity last year in the second half and had some poor decisions against us, as was the year previous when shola should have had a pen and that willo tackle was outside the box.

  • cyprus

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Thanks Tsunki. So, conceivably they could all lose. Hope there are no surpises apart from our draw

  • yo-yo

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    carl // Mar 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Our medics have had a poor season. They delayed Cabaye’s op on the grounds of rest being the answer.

    carl – have you been following ? Cabs has had a bout of depression and that also had to be taken into consideration in how the medics dealt with him. “Rest” is not just sitting around watching daytime TV when you’re depressed. It looks to me that AP has dealt with Cabs pretty well in terms of restoring confidence – and I reckon his patience with Cisse’s loss of edge is the same thinking.

    I think our medical team has improved tbh. Benny clearly has a problem defying proper dagnois and treatment – but then he’s been at Clarefontaine and been eating too much cordon bleu.

    A draw in Manc-land would be great and we’re due a bit of luck given the reffing decisions and errors that have lost us points recently.

  • SupaToonKid

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    My Team would be (4-2-3-1):
    Anita, S. Taylor, Mbiwa, Jonas;
    Cabaye (c), Perch;
    Marveaux, Sissoko, Gouffran;

    Subs: Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Bigirimana, Obertan, Shola, Campbell

    That would be my XI. Personally I think we need something from our fullbacks attacking wise tomorrow. Jonas and Anita wouls both provide this as opposed to Simpson and Perch (not the best at crossing). We need Perch in CDM too as Anita is far too fragile against big boys like Yaya Toure. I think this side offers us the best chance not only to get goals, whereas Ed’s look more park the bus especially with that defence. If Pards wants to win this is the team he will play.

  • bills-son

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    A loss tomorrow and we are right in the thick of a relegation battle.

    Make no mistake, if we don’t get 6pts minimum from the three games after City the whole atmosphere and morale of the squad and fans will change. The loss against Wigan was a disaster and changed our target from making 10th to avoiding relegation.

    Any fan, or player, who thinks we are too good to go down needs a reality check. No way are we one of the three worst teams but when it gets to the last four or five games other things matter just as much – bottle, character, luck and other results. Our last three games are away to QPR and West Ham and home to Arsenal. I’d hate to go into those games needing points to stay up – QPR and West Ham could both be involved in the relegation battle and Arsenal for a Champs Lge spot.

    The real prospect of reinforcing the team in the summer and potentially challenging for a top four spot will be shot to pieces if we get relegated.

    In some ways I wish we’d have got knocked out of the Europa, any distractions to avoiding relegation are the last thing we need.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #12

    Can anyone remember when Saylor had his shoulder problem and they kept delaying the operation but the problem came back and he eventually had to have an operation. Ridiculous a bit like HBA and Cabaye, but of course we dont know all the details. Always been problems going back the Dyer’s and Albert’s

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    So Ed you think Pardew goes out to win every game.

    I would say the polar opposite is true. As Carver told us Pardew goes out to stop getting beat with training on defense 4 out of 5 days a week.

    If we’re fortunate enough to take a 1-0 lead with our sometimes only chance in 90 mins we cling on for dear life to holding it instead of pushing for a second and third

    We certainly now have the players to play far more attacking football and let the opposition worry about us more.

    Still if we win the Europa league me and thousands of others won’t give a rats and then Pardew would be a winner in reality not just idle words.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Some good points, i think next season will be a big one for Pardrew. He will have funds in the summer and needs to improve our passing, he has no excuses now there is no willo/simmo to blame for long ball tactics. He likes to get it forward quick but Cisse is not a strong enough target man, and we have quality defenders who are good on the ball now, so we should now try and draw teams out.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #15

    I’d like to see Bigi play his first full premiership game since we didn’t loan him out. It’s no good Pards praising him and leaving him to rot in reserves. I can’t see much difference between him, Jonas, Anita or Perch except him and Anita have potential to get better.
    I think he’ll play Jonas at LB & Perch CM as he loves both them. Maybe Ryan Taylor on bench.

  • yo-yo

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16


    It does help if you want to win to avoid getting beat as a starting position. Our weakness over many seasons has always been shipping too many goals.

    I agree Pards can be overcautious and not go all out for that killer second goal which has been the main tactic Manure have won so much – but to suggest he doesn’t go into games thinking we can win
    or wanting the win is a bit OTT.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17

    I would love it if Pardrew was succesful at this club, stability is what we need. He is a cool guy and has a difficult job that he has to juggle. He should have been backed in the summer and failure to do so has exposed his weakness, mainly tactics. Hopefully they can build our club up so that by the end of his contract we have had years of sound financial stability and a real foundation to attain success, but hey this is NUFC, so who knows whats around the corner, but we still love it.

  • Slank

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    MykToonFan @ 3

    I agree Perch is not a fullback. He is much more effective and comfortable as a defensive midfield player.

    I think SupaToonKid has the right 4-2-3-1 formation:

    Anita, S. Taylor, Mbiwa, Jonas;
    Cabaye (c), Perch;
    Marveaux, Sissoko, Gouffran;

  • tooninspain

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #19


  • numba9

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #20

    We should play young Campbell something different and see how their back four deal with that. CISse needs a rest to get him hungry again and Campbell needs a game now

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #21

    I agree with needing stability & Pardew’s not that bad, but this summer we’ll have a rare oportunity to go for two quality managers in Moyes & Martinez. If we offered Moyes a big ransfer kitty, the potential of Toon might get him.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #22


    Do you think he will play two midfielders at FB, when he has got simmo fresh ? I would have no problem with it but its too adventurous for AP.

  • numba9

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Surely Anita full back ?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #24

    People go on about Moyes and Martinez

    What have they won – Now’t much.
    Would be a lot higher this season if we had not been crippled by injuries.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25


    I think Pardrew and Moyes are very similar managers with same tactics of getting the ball forward quickly. Both teams take free kicks around the half way as a chance to push CBs up for attacks and never play anything short, although they do have a more ridgid formation which trys to create space for Baines and Fellani

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #26

    To make Martinez manager, there would have to be a change of style right from the bottom to top. Everything would have to be concerned about the technique of players and although we might get better youngsters eventually, it would take a lot of time to implement, time that you dont get at a top prem league side. Besides him being a horrible little cheat.


    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #27

    New blogger here from northumberland, avid reader

  • Ibizatoon - back by no demand

    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #28


  • DokToon

    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #29

    good morning all… especially you sir ibiza 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Billson, so the question has to be asked – how come your herous F*cked up so badlt in the summer, to leave the club in this mess. A major failure on their part. God only knows what we would be doing if we hadnt bought the french guys in the window…

  • Slank

    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Mark @ 22

    I thought about Simpson at right back but then thought that perhaps Pardew will keep Simpson back for the Benfica game as (I think) Debuchy is ineligible.


    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #32

    yep debuchy is still not elgible

  • Slank

    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #33

    All this talk about Moyes and Martinez is rubbish.

    Neither have won anything and Moyes probably has his sights set higher than Newcastle.

    I think Pardew is doing a good job. He is building a very good team and the board trust him.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Moyes has not done any better in his managerial career than Pardew Pardew has got to a cup final and been in the top 6

    Moyes has had more money to spend in his career at Everton a lot of the players he has bought have been great some have been total flops

    I don’t get the hype with Martinez at all his teams pass it along the deck all game and hardly offer a threat most games BIG WOW!!

    A lot of people forget that the Keegan era was exciting to watch but a lot of chances we got were from longballs from the keeper and crosses into the box proper British style

    I will keep faith with Pardew as I think the final pieces of the puzzle will come in the summer in the shape of a top striker and a quality winger cause its the final 3rd where we look toothless

  • carl

    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #35

    yo-yo@ 9
    Ha ha he ho! I also don’t believe all prisoners sit around watching daytime TV either. It was not my intention to imply that depression is not a significant issue. I was aware that Cabaye returned from the Euro’s with groin problems which the medics had recommended to the manager that cutting back on training would solve. Having seen this news on the blog before I thought I didn’t need to paint the full picture.
    But your right it was an ambiguous comment.


    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Hopefully after some smart spending from pardew including a striker and a new cb, cisse may be able to score some more goals other than one touch wonders (although im not complaining about those!) because he will have some proper competition in the position. then we will pose a serious goalscoring threat!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Done my predictions for next round of games
    predictions bottom teams this weekend
    QPR 0pts at Fulham
    Reading 0 pts at Arsenal
    Wigan 3pts home to Norwich
    Villa 0pts home to Liverpool
    Southampton 1pt Home to Chelsea
    Sunderland 0 pts home to Man utd
    West Ham 1pt home to West Brom
    Newcastler 0 pts at Man City
    Norwich 0pts at Wigan
    Stoke 0pts at Everton

    food for thought

  • Ibizatoon - back by no demand

    Mar 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #38

    So pardew thinks he can win, does he?
    I can’t possibly see how other than attacking from the start and getting at citeh, but we all know that our players don’t come out of the dressing room until anytime after the 30th minute.

  • carl

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #39

    I have an issue with our players disappearing off the radar when injured. The days of players returning from long term injuries out of condition are a thing of the past. So I have been told! We even pass on dietary requirements for certain players whilst on loan. Shane Ferguson is doing well at Birmingham and working on a fitness programme drawn up by the toon physio’s.

  • toonaids

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Guti Yanga Staylor Perch
    Anita cabaye
    Marv Sissoko Gouffran
    with the players weve got Guti should never be in a attacking position as he cant shoot for turnips


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