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Mouth Watering Week Ahead – Pardew

Newcastle flew off to Lisbon yesterday afternoon, and they will not return until Friday, and will take advantage of the warm weather to get some good workouts completed,  in preparation for the first leg tie against Benfica tomorrow night, as well as the game against Fulham on Sunday.

tim krul pointing

Tim Krul – could return tomorrow night

And even after Rob Elliot has done so well in goal for Newcastle since Tim Krul has been out, it seems that Pardew could bring back the number one goalkeeper for his first start since he injured his ankle at Metalist Kharkiv, and that was after making four terrific saves after Shola Ameobi had scored with a penalty to put Newcastle ahead, in the second half of that game.

3,200 Newcastle supporters are making the short trip to Lisbon,  a beautiful city, and Alan Pardew seems to be looking forward to some crucial games for his Newcastle side, as he had this to say in the Evening Chronicle today:

“We’ve got a mouth-watering week ahead, Benfica and then Fulham at home. It is a great week for us and we want to make the most of it.” “Benfica are top of their league and they look like they’ll win it.”

“We’ve played two of the best teams in Europe, Man City and Benfica.” “But we have a good knowledge of Benfica, as they have of us.” “I wouldn’t do that to my team. Every game is important and it is about momentum.”

“We have got ourselves into a fantastic position in the Europa League, and now we’ve got to see it through.” “The second leg is at home so it will be a full house so we have lots to look forward to.” “But we have to make sure we do well in our Premier League games too.”

“Lisbon is a wonderful city. I’ve been three or four times.” “It is a great footballing city.” “Our fans will love it here, hopefully they can conduct themselves like at other European games.” “They have been absolutely excellent.”

It’s really a mouth-watering eleven days coming up for the Magpies, with the two European games and the two home games in the Premier League against Fulham and Sunderland, with the Black Cats game a week on Sunday.

And it’s hard to know what to expect from our lads tomorrow, after the first half performance on Saturday, but we hope that was a one-off, and that we can play somewhere near our best form tomorrow night, especially in defense, and we could then be in with a decent chance of making the last four of the Europa League competition.

That would be something.

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39 comments so far

  • ichrisho

    Apr 3, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Mouth-watering? Pardew does come out with some shite… its not – its nerve-wracking and uncomfortable… Win in the PREM is a must – funk all the rest.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    1 draw in Lisbon and 3 wins at home in 11 days – Now thats a way to saving a season Mr.Pardew.

  • Young_Mag

    Apr 3, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Huge game BUT just as big a game on Sunday in my opinion!

  • Bambams

    Apr 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Benfica are on fire….. They attack for fun….. Two attacking sides head to head !!!!! I wish …..

    We will have to track their runners and I am not sure we will have the fitness to do this for 90 odd minutes.

    Still these are the games we wanted and no complaints from me.

  • t00ntime

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #5

    People complaining about what shearer said. “He said he feels we will be safe”
    He didnt say we are safe. He just feels that we will be able to get enough points to stay up, and i agree. He said we probably wouldnt have if we didnt buy in jan and i (and many others) agree.
    He myt be the best pundit/manager in the world but everything he said today i agree with

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #6

    i have a feeling we will get tortured against benfica, we are terrible when playing against a fast, quick passing team especially because we dont create chances and cisse feeds off scraps because we play so deep. This tie could already be lost.

  • carl

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Your still mistaking perpetuating the lie, being charmless, rude,egotistical and unpleasant for being ‘real’. Your a mature 51 year old man, grow up.

  • yo-yo

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Mouth watering ? Squeaky bum time as the saying goes !

    I’d love us to get on a run and finish 9-10th but reckon we’d need 2-4 pts off Bindippers and Gooners to get there.


    Your Pardew upgrade suggestions

    Di Matteo
    Di Canio
    Di Lusional

    geddit ?

  • ichrisho

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Di Matteo is no manager… he didnt even manage at Chelsea… Terry and Lampard picked the team… I’d say Cech had a say in it too… no more player power at NUFC… I think pardew just needs rid of the deadwood he was given and bought in an’ move on forward in the sumer with new recruits including Douglas…

  • Tsunki

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Yo-yo save it mate he gets it he just don’t wannit! Di-smissive 🙂

    Well, this is a strange week, all us bottom feeders are playing each other with the exception of the mackems who are going to get stuffed by Chelski. We need to scrape a win against Fulham, and two or three teams are virtually assured of packing down under us. I am torn between mackems and Villa joining Reading and QPR now.

  • Tommyy

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #11

    It would be mouth watering if we actually played some football! These next 3 home games are going to be my Pardewgauge. If we go out,
    Play some nice stuff and dominate play for the majority of the games (like we should with our squad at home) I’m fine with that, as it will allow a foundation for improvement. If not then it’s time to take Pardew’s footballing reigns away and shift him into general management, getting in some Dutch coaches on the way.

  • yo-yo

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12


    Same here – Unwashed vs Villa a ‘mouthwatering’ choice for relegation 🙂

    Villa Park Monday, 29 April 2013 20:00 will very possibly be the place to be !

  • yo-yo

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Why Dutch – why not French or Spanish ?

  • martoon

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki @10 – I’m the same about Villa & the mackems but probably Villa to go down as I do like the derbies as long as we always win them and are higher in the league 🙂 I would still love to see Wigan hit a bad run & get dragged back into it.

  • Sav

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #15

    We wouldn’t be in it if not for Pardew and the team last year, so lets not be negative and enjoy it for what it is. If we lose, we’ve had a good run but, compared to relegation its no disaster. If we win, it can only be good for morale and confidence ahead of Fulham and Sunlun. Lets face it, like the bookies, half of us expected Newcastle to lose against Anzhi, but we’re still here…

  • ShadowsNGB

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Forget the warm weather here in Lisbon. It’s rainy and cold…it seems England. 🙂

    An european match gives a boost to all players. I’m sure that Newcastle players will give their best against Benfica.

  • Tommyy

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Yo- yo – I think mainly because the Dutch have such a rich tradition of good football and have extremely deep foundations in doing so – their setups are what we should be emulating more so than Spanish and French for me. Also they speak English perfectly in most cases.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Won EVERY match in March… and quite good opposition too…. Benfica are on a winning streak… Time for NUFC to put paid to that… we hope…

    3rd 0-1 Beira-Mar Away Liga Zon Sagres – Matchday 21
    Estádio Municipal, Aveiro
    Sunday 19:30 Sport TV
    7th 1-0 Bordeaux Home Europa League Round 16 1st Leg
    Estádio da Luz, Lisboa
    Thursday 20:05 SIC
    10th 5-0 Gil Vicente Home Liga Zon Sagres – Matchday 22
    Estádio da Luz, Lisboa
    Sunday 20:15 Sport TV
    14th 2-3 Bordeaux Away Europa League Round 16 2nd Leg
    Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
    Thursday 20:05 SIC
    17th 0-4 V.Guimarães Away Liga Zon Sagres – Matchday 23
    Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães
    Sunday 20:30 Sport TV
    30th 6-1 Rio Ave Home Liga Zon Sagres – Matchday 24
    Estádio da Luz, Lisboa
    Saturday 20:30 Sport TV

  • Tommyy

    Apr 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #19

    We need the Dutch Wenger from Goal!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Carl, / Ian / Pushy

    Thankyou for the generous and considered remarks. Easier just to conference replies.

    Yo yo

    Hilarious. A comedy career obviously beckons


    Yeah I don’t know how Di Matteo got both MK dons and WBA promoted in his first seasons. Must have been a fluke. 7 previous Chelsea managers failed to do what Di Matteo achieved.

    The guy had one bad average season after he got WBA up. But even that losing streak pales in to comparison with Pardew’s record losing streak this season and at West Ham.

    Di Matteo is still a really young manager. Could you imagine Pardew devising a formula to beat the World club champions and win the CL when he was still under 40!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #21


    We are in it because of some blinding individual brilliance from Ba, Cisse and Benny who created moments of genius out of nothing.

  • Shane

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ll get some stick for saying this but I would honestly play a 442 with cisse and SHOLA up top.

    There, I said it.

    It makes sense to me. The formation is strong defensively and if we sit fairly deep we can break on the counter with our pace.

    Shola holds the ball up really well bringing players forward and creating openings and we know he can win a lot of balls in the air when we will inevitably thump it forward from Elliot.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda- Fair enough – good point, I still dont class him as a good manager more like a good sound guy with loyal;ty to his seriously talented players… most of the work at MKDons and WBA were done by the man before him – I shall try to sneak in 🙂

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Cracking week of football in store. This is what being a Toon supporter is all about! Love out like this. Euro nights in Lisbon, crumch games at St James Park! A derby to follow aswell.

    In regards to Shearer’s comments and Pardews comments.

    You really would think we would get another 7 points out of our remaining games. Personally, a win against Fulham and the Makums will quash all this relegation speil.

    It’s very important to talk it up as if we are going to. A defeatist attitude wouldn’t get us anywhere! Positivity is key.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow night!

  • martoon

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #25

    ShadowsNGB – Good to read a Lisbon perspective – what is the feeling among your supporters – do you consider Newcastle an ‘easy draw’?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #26

    EL is a priority now and should be.

    …our efford in the EL and our downfall has nothing to do with each other – you could loose tomorrow at Benfica and still loose to Fulham in the weekend.

    I think the silver supremo is right, just go fot it!

  • Jamiemac

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Portuguese league is widely recognised as cr*p. These guys lost to Celtic.. I’m not worried. I reckon 1-1 tomorrow and toon 1-0 win next week.

  • headtheball

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Mouth Watering Week Ahead-Pardew
    I hope it doesn’t end with frothing at the mouth after Fulham.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #29

    I actually think we will beat Benfica probably quite comfortably 1 or 2 nil they are good in their league but they hate teams who will rough them up can see Sissoko steam – rolling through the midfield Celtic gave them a right good go earlier in the season so there is no reason we cant trouble them

    They are on a roll but its about time we stopped a team on a good run. We always seem to get the bad rub of the green like a striker who has not scored for ages, team not won in ages , defense struggling etc

  • Guj NUFC

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Anyone else a fan of this 3 back formation Pardew switches to?
    Taylor Coloccini/(NEW CB) M’Biwa
    Cabaye Sissoko
    Debuchy Santon
    Ben Arfa
    Gouffran Cisse

    Would get the best out of Santon being a wing back. M’biwa is an exceptionally strong and fast player so he would fit right in next to Taylor and someone of Sakho or even Perch’s stature.

    Would anyone vote me as the new manager? 🙂

  • ichrisho

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #31

    @27 – Prob the top6 in Portugal would beat the top6 in england…

  • ichrisho

    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #32

    @ 30 – I would say that this might work very well. Santoon is more of wing-back anyway… so 3-5-2 or 5-3-2 would work nicely… give us more width and also a better option for defending… better coverage… email pardew…. alpar@nufc.co.uk

  • TimKrulFan

    Apr 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #33

    I was saying earlier in the season we are too good to go down but with this p*ss poor manager.

  • ShadowsNGB

    Apr 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Martoon: thanks!
    We consider Newcastle a good opponent but within reach of Benfica. It was considered a good draw for us, as Chelsea and Tottenham are seen as stronger teams.

    But in european games…it’s different. And so close to the final, i’m sure everyone will give their best.
    So it will not be an easy game. Far from it.
    Altough people here are convinced that Benfica is the favourite.

    Jamiemac: Benfica’s coach didn’t consider european games important, because is was aiming everything to the portuguese league. But now, is this stage, you will have the best Benfica.
    So forget what you saw against Celtic.

  • martoon

    Apr 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #35

    ShadowsNGB – I think that is a fair assessment and I think even the most die hard toon fans would have to admit Benfica probably start as favourites. I didn’t realise you played a weakened team against Celtic – actually I’m quite surprised as here the CL is considered high priority.

  • Guj NUFC

    Apr 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #36

    @32- Cheers, I’m on it! 🙂

  • ShadowsNGB

    Apr 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Benfica’s coeach is at the end of his contract. He won the championship in the first year, but then lost it with many controversy regarding the referees but also his work and priorities.
    So this season, everything was in second place. The main thing was to win the domestic title.
    He received many critics about the champions league games. And just after winning Bayer Leverkusen he changed his speech and said that winning the Europa League and the domestic title was the main things to worry about.

  • robin

    Apr 3, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Icharsehole, is a football retard, just read some of the tripe he writes.

  • DokToon

    Apr 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #39

    robin, if thats indeed the case, then where does that put you, mackem boy?


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