Up and running

Back to winning ways
The first points of the 2012/2013 season have already been won against Tottenham Hotspur.

It is vital for any team to get results on the board and all teams will want to kick the season off with a win, but for Newcastle United with a tough season ahead, gaining three points this early on will mean more than other results that they perhaps gain throughout the season.

It was a performance that was far from convincing between the two sides. The fluidity that had been seen for the majority of last year was virtually non-existent. That is to be expected, a few players were said to be carrying knocks and not everyone has come through a full pre-season so I expected some rustiness.

Nerves were perhaps present in the side. There is no doubt that this season is one that is set to be eventful, the club are back in Europe and with a packed crowd at St James’ Park the players could in a way feel that the pressure that is riding on them this season.

The team will settle down and once each player is at their high levels of fitness then there will be better performances. With the season starting this early in August, I always find that it takes four or five games before the players settle down and get into the rhythm of playing games week in, week out.

Pardew and Co will work on many aspects of the team and no doubt there will be work behind the scenes to see if the Toon can bring any more players in before the transfer window closes at the end of August. With points already on board that will settle the nerves that may have been seen on Saturday. They will be able to build from that performance and push on this season.

However there is no way to make a judgement this early on in the season but the victory over Spurs will have eased the players who have to follow a truly amazing fifth place finish last season.

About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

24 thoughts on “Up and running

  1. Chelsea is going to be a tough game, hopefully we can rest key players on Thursday. Chelsea are playing (Reading I think) on Wednesday so hopefully their key players will be leggy.


  2. Just as important is the team that we beat-beating our competitors is obviously vital if we want to do well/get into Europe again, and we only got 1 point (in a great match) and then an absolute hiding from Spurs last year, so that’s a great start. Now, if we can just beat Chelski 2-0 again at the bridge… :mrgreen:


  3. Thursday is so important. If we can get an unassailable lead in that first leg using 2nd-choice players (no offence to them) then we may stand a chance of competing on all fronts. If the younguns get overrun in Athens, Pards will have to make a choice between the two competitions – and we all know which will win.


  4. just seen the Bassong news, makes me think back to the list of players who thought they were too good to stick with us when we got releagted. thought they were better than that… well here’s a list I can think of..
    Bassong – spurs bench, now norwich
    martins – aborad, couple of games for Brum , now ?
    Bebe – last seem on Villas bench, now ?
    Owen – anyones bench, or his own sofa these days..
    Viduka – retired I guess..
    not counting N’zogbia as he left for other reasons, (a step up to Wigan)

    …. and the loyal ones…
    Barton – QPR , sort of
    Nolan – in the prem with WHU
    Enrique – in the prem with l’pool
    Carroll – in the prem with l’pool
    Smith – MKdons ?

    theres 11 names, add to that the ones still with us..

    shows the ones who jumped ship, was the grass greener …


  5. Shola to the rescue!!

    Anyone else think he could do really well for us this season?

    Anyone else read that and think it’s deja-vu all over again? 😉


  6. Kev – nice analysis! I love the fact that every single player that’s left has ended up playing in a lower-placed team.

    Karma’s a wonderful thing. 😎


  7. Well it’s a good start to get the win but we were far from at our best. Lots of rusty players some carrying knocks too . Feel we need a couple of additions to really push on and ease my worries for that matter. Just hopeing we do add and really go for it as was so close last season . Chelski is gonna be much harder than last season due to them signing some crackers ,would be happy to take a point away not expecting another 2.0 win somehow.
    Nice article Zoe and good luck at uni . 😀


  8. Great result on saturday. Considering we are likely going to be battling Spurs for position by the end of the season, it was essentially a 6-point match.


  9. Beye was last seen playing for Doncaster Rovers and helping them get relegated under that erstwhile Souness assistant Saunders – wtf was the Doncaster chairman thinking appointing that idiot


  10. I’m chuffed for the Toffees. I know they’re direct rivals this year, but you have to admire that club’s consistency and tenacity under really tight constraints. With any luck, once the financial fair play rules kick in, it’ll be us, them Arse and a few others still up there while the sugar-daddy brigade all flounder.

    Hey. I can dream… 😆


  11. Zoe,
    Nice to have you back and writing…

    I agree with most of what you said except for the fluidity of our play last season.

    I don’t think we ever really found consist fluidity in pur play apart from maybe five or six games… But we kept getting results.

    Is like to think that is the part of the game we can improve on this year… Keeping more possession and dominating more games.


  12. Stevep,

    I think Beye stood out in that season only because everyone else was so poor.

    Had Simpson been the player he would be a Toon hero.

    Not his fault he has such quality around him he looks average.


  13. Whumpie @5

    Not a chance mate…b t I think he can play a role against certain teams. Just hoping he only makes very brief appearances because he runs out of legs after 20 minutes.


  14. welcome back zoe,yes welcome 3 points maybe it was just me but spud players seemed that wee bit fitter than the toon lads but blow out would have done them good


  15. JJ – let’s face it, he’ll be crocked if he plays 3 games in a row anyway.

    On the up-side, he always seems to score when he comes off the bench after an injury.

    I think he’ll be good against the Greeks. He’ll totally baffle them. It’ll be like being run down by three drunk horses tied together… 😆

    Bless ‘im. I’m putting a prediction in here that Shola’s going to score in most of the Europa ties he plays in.

    There ya go – something to take the piss about in a few weeks! 😀




    I agree about our fluidity. There were a lot of games throughout last season where we showed lack of fluidity but we got the result.

    With Ba, Cisse and Barfa we always have a chance of a goal.


  17. Meh, fluidity is overrated. Don’t get me wrong, I love my beautiful football, but grinding out the ugly game is important too. Manure, City, Spurs and Arsenal played some horrific stuff last season, don’t even get me started on Chelsea 😉




    It’s not everything and as long as we win then I will put up without it.


  19. Yeah…maybe i’ve just missed football too much to care right now. Even though the match was poor from an entertainment perspective, it was still us playing football. Plus we won, with Demba scoring a beauty in a very competitive match.


  20. Zoe nice to have you writing again and good read I agree with most of what you say 😉 and I hope they’re working very hard to bring more players in 😉


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