Pardew praises his shakers

Pardew proud of his players
Alan Pardew has poured yet more praise on his players ahead of the trip to Wigan later today and insists that his players have shaken up the Premier League this season.

Newcastle head to the DW Stadium this afternoon knowing that a win would put them sixs point clear of fifth placed Tottenham and would put the pressure on them and Chelsea below us ahead of their games against Blackburn and QPR respectively tomorrow.

However, Pardew makes no bones about what has brought on this unexpected success and points out that we are where we are because we have good players who are putting in good performances. Simple really isn’t it? It also hasn’t gone unnoticed by opposing managers either.

“When I go around the country and meet other managers, they appreciate the job that has been done here by everyone and that we have got a good team,” said Pardew. “But it’s the same for every season; you’ve got to have good players. We are fortunate enough to have very good players who have put in some fantastic performances.”

He continued: “Right now, I look at the group and I’ve still got armoury that I haven’t used yet. I haven’t used Shola Ameobi recently, but then I haven’t needed to use Shola. I’ve also got Ryan Taylor willing to get on and add some bite for us. We still have fantastic players who we can bring in to make an impact. I think it’s incredible what we’ve done. We have been a breath of fresh air.

“You talk about Norwich and Swansea and the impact they’ve had and the way they play, which is great, but you can’t get away from the fact that we have shaken up the league. And we have done it in the right manner because we have played the right way. We have flair that sets us apart from most of the others,” he added.

It is indeed fantastic what has been done, but now, arguably for the first time this season, the magnifying glass is well and truly on us (cheers for that Kimtoon!) and we are being taken seriously as Champions League contenders.

We will have to be wary of any complacency against Wigan and just have to approach the game like we have done all season. If we do that then we have a chance of picking up all three points. That is Pardew’s plan anyway, although he does concede that a point wouldn’t be a bad result. He said:

“You can only enjoy this time in so much you still worry about the next game. Wigan’s form has been great and the fact they have confidence from beating some of the top teams worries me. On the other side, when looking at the boys in training, we do look in good shape.”

“A draw at Wigan would be a fabulous result for us at this stage. Manchester United would have longed for that a bit earlier in the season. But even if we score an equaliser with two minutes to go, I won’t settle for that. We are going to go on and try to win. That is going to make it interesting.”

Whatever happens today we can still be proud of our players. On a personal level, it’s nice to head into the game knowing the European football is guaranteed and that the only question that needs answering is whether it’s going to be Europa League or Champions League. Mind you, I hope the players don’t feel the same way as I do and go for it while the opportunity is there.

The players have the chance to write themselves into Geordie folklore. They have records to break and personal achievements to aim for. Surely that will motivate them in the final four games of the season?

Howay the lads!

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30 thoughts on “Pardew praises his shakers

  1. Talking of Pards there was a good interview on Metro Radio yesterday and an interesting comment by him:

    @14.35 mins “…there’s certainly one or two players who are going to the European Championships that we’d like to secure before they get there because we think they’re going to do well there….”

    I don’t think Erik Pieters is likely to be one of those players because it isn’t certain that he’ll be going to the Euros (he still isn’t fully recovered from his injury) and in any case his agent was recently quoted as saying “there’s no talks going on at the moment, the last time we spoke to Newcastle was last August.”

    So I wonder who those “one or two” players could be?


  2. Toonsy thats the thing about him, he’s always trying to big up the players, although we don’t always agree with comments like that, it must be good for the players to hear it and think that Pards thinks of them like that.
    I wonder how he keeps a straight face when he talks about Strolla being a weapon 😆


  3. Dave ,to be fair Sholas been a revelation as an impact sub and let’s not forget he is the Mackem Slayer 😆 :mrgreen:


  4. Chris G – ive got a feeling the two players will be unknown who play for slovenia or summert,

    3 points is a must today if me want to keep the champs league dream alive


  5. Laugh all you want lads. Shola got us the draw vs Spurs and the draw vs the scum-we could well have won that match had he taken the penalty he won as well! 😀

    Also, didn’t Shola score the winner against Wigan last year as a sub? Or that might have been to draw it as well….


  6. Ice – cheers for that link on previous article, cisse seems a top bloke – even when he scored last week and was wrongly ruled offside – he just smiled at the linesman and shrugged – the linesman said something back to him smiling as if to say sorry about that
    Makes a change from all that screaming in refs face

    Admittedly we were 2-0 up at the time 😉


  7. Toonsy-Yeah thought it was

    And hey, you never see him sulk when he doesn’t score…. Used to it by now i expect 😆


  8. Good to see Bale saying if spurs don’t get champions league he would consider his future. If thats not putting pressure on the club and showing a lack of loyalty – especially to come out and say it with 4 games to go. Says he’s flattered by the Barca link, nice to see his mind is elsewhere!

    Assou Ekotto out for the season too – that left side ain’t looking so strong now! Come on Blackburn!


  9. Rossco – agree ther mate and seeing as part of it is bales fault, i watched them against qpr last week and he kept drifting in field so there was no 1 out on the left, and to add to that when he picked up the ball in the middle he kept turning left to look for some one to pass it to only to realise that he was the person that should of been there the idiot. one can only assume he was been told to come inside otherside why doesnt harry bollock him. I hope do does it again tomorrow because if i were steve keen i would put hoilett out on the right because assou ekotto is out aswel. rape time


  10. Also good to see Southampton 3-0 up and pretty much guarenteed auto promotion back to the PL. I like Southampton even though it’s a long way!


  11. The problem with Bale now is that he think’s he’s Ronaldo, or Messi. One or two superb european matches have completely gone to his head.

    They’ve allowed him to roam this season, like Messi or Ronaldo who are just clear game winners and while Bale can shoot and score good goals from various positions he also wastes quite a few chances for his team mates and half the time will completely disappear from a game….

    He needs to stay on the left and do the basics that he can do well, but it seems he thinks he’s too important for that now 😆


  12. Rossco and Alex- This ia a classic example of a player believing in his hype, no respect towards Spuds or the fans who pay his wages.A total tosser who is very good on the pitch at times but a complete ******** off it.


  13. Yea Kimtoon. He’s class sometimes but not game in game out. He’s deadly on the wing due to is strength and pace and has a good amount of skill but he’s not world class. Yea against Inter he was unreal but you need to do that every game to be ranked up with the best.

    Hopefully he, modric and whoever else is starting to believe their future is away from the club.


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