Cardiff v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

Bluebirds v Magpies
Bluebirds v Magpies
Newcastle travel to Cardiff on Saturday afternoon looking to avoid a third straight league defeat on the bounce.

Cardiff may be Premier League new boys but it will be no east task to pull off a victory down in South Wales. Only Tottenham have managed to win at the Cardiff City Stadium so far this season, and they had to struggle to do so which gives an indication of what we are up against.

Go back a bit further and we have a recent competitive trip to Cardiff to ponder – not the friendly match last pre-season! I was there that day and we won the three points back in our Championship season courtesy of a rare Fabricio Coloccini goal, but Cardiff proved to be stern opposition and their fans tried to create an atmosphere in an attempt intimidate us. I expect more of the same tomorrow.

Cardiff City:

Malky Mackay has a near fully fit squad to choose from, with the exception being striker Andreas Cornelius who continues to be troubled with an ankle injury. That’s why it’s near fully fit and not just fully fit…

Newcastle:

United also have injury concerns that can be put behind them as Steven Taylor, Shola Ameobi and Jonas Gutierrez are available for selection.

Yohan Cabaye has managed to win himself a recall to the France squad and going by his second half performance against Everton on Monday evening I’d say he will also be recalled to the starting XI for Newcastle after having to settle with a place on the bench against the Toffees.

Up front we have another question to answer. Will Papiss Cisse be drafted back into the side or will Loic Remy continue up front? On current form the former Marseille man looks favourite, but then again I didn’t expect Cisse to be dropped after his goal against Leeds so that is maybe one to watch.

Previously…

Technically our last visit to Cardiff ended in a 4-1 defeat during pre-season at the start of last season, but as this is a competitive fixture lets look at competitive matches only.

Generally this fixture is a home banker. There have been 24 meetings between both sides at Cardiff with the Welsh side winning on 12 occasions compared to just three wins for United.

However at St James’ Park it’s Newcastle who have enjoyed the bulk of the success with 18 victories and three defeats from the 24 games played on Tyneside.

That means that overall there have been 48 games played, United winning 21, Cardiff winning 15 and the other 12 ending in a draw.

Match stats…

Newcastle have won their last six meetings with Cardiff in all competitions.

The two sides last met in the top flight in the 1960-61 season with results following historical form. Cardiff won 3-2 at home but were thrashed 5-0 at St James’ Park.

Craig Bellamy will become the first player to score for seven different Premier League clubs if/when he finds the net for Cardiff.

Cardiff have scored three goals from corners so far this term – the highest in the division – whilst United have conceded the most headed goals in the competition.

Newcastle’s last 10 goals have all been scored by French players.

Final thought…

I just don’t know what to think any more really. I never know which United side will turn up (it’s usually the crap one!) but there is also a chance that the one that recorded back-to-back wins against Fulham and Aston Villa and put up an impressive fight in the second half on Monday might just show up.

Whatever side does decide to show up they will need to defend a hell of a lot better than they have been doing. It says a lot when “Iron” Mike Williamson comes on and makes your defence look a hell of a lot more solid! Schoolboys errors need cutting out and it’s back to basics for all the back four which means that the full-backs can’t always bomb up field. If we do that then we might get a result as I do fancy for us for a goal.

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 5th October, 2013

Time: 3pm

Venue: The Cardiff City Stadium

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134 thoughts on “Cardiff v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

  1. Thanks Toonsy, So we have beaten Cardiff in all comps over last 6 meetings, well there’s a record likely to be broken then knowing how we are going lately πŸ™„ .I’m expecting a concerted effort by all tomorrow including Pards ,they need to restore pride and faith in them/ him .There will be a lot of fans traveling a long way and anything less than 100% is not acceptable .
    Out of interest the link below makes interesting reading like, we’ll see how the would of been no.2 does against Pards. πŸ˜‰

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24403955

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  2. Kimtoon how is Lew doing? I hope the cold is gone. Looking forward to the game tomorrow. I didn’t realize Malky and Alan were such close mates. Can Alan handle another defeat or more to the point can Ashley? We might find out tomorrow although I am hoping for a better, more consistent performance from us.

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  3. So Big Dave, do you suggest we stick with Pardoh regardless of whether we end up in another relegation battle or not ?
    Also I have to say, I am very surprised that you believe a single word Jokey says about anything.
    Do you also believe him when he says he can pick up the phone and speak to any manager in the world.?
    What about all the other tripe he comes out with, do you believe all that aswell ?
    You cant pick and choose what to believe he says, so you must be very gullable indeed. imo
    I personally think he is full of **** and will say anything he can think of at the time. Depending on how much he has had to drink at the time.

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  4. We wont lose tomorrow.
    3 points already in the bag IMO
    The away stat is meaningless despite how ominous it looks.
    “Cardiff have scored three goals from corners so far this term – the highest in the division – whilst United have conceded the most headed goals in the competition.” – worrying 😳
    I can see us starting 4-5 1 in the first half and looking to keep it tight at the back.
    0-0 by HT will be ok.
    A gouf special to win the match in the 2nd half.
    Howay the Lads

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  5. Interesting prediction BB @5. I hope you’re right. Our goal difference could use a little improving as with last season.

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  6. Just wondering now, when was the last time we had a positive goal difference? It must be back in the season we finished 5th surely. I wonder what our total goal difference is under Pardew the defensive specialist?

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  7. Let’s see -23 last season, -4 so far this season, +5 for our fifth place season, and -1 for the 2010-2011 season when he took over which I will count as 0. So roughly speaking his overall goal difference with us is -22. How does that sound? Fairly impressive for a man who emphasizes defense. I guess if you can’t score it would be around 0 as long as you defend well so -22?

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  8. G2 – to put our 5th place finish in context, spurs who finished above us in 4th had a GD of something like +25 😯
    we had a worse GD than Chelsea, Everton and Cesspool who all finished below us.

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  9. We have not been scoring enough goals to start with and the defence has been leaking far too many for years.
    Pardoh has FAILED to address the weakness in the defence for far too long.
    Look how long we have been waiting for a decent specialised CB for.
    MYM is not a specialised defender, but rather a utility defender who can cover any position along the back.
    As a defensive coach, Pardew sucks πŸ‘Ώ
    he would make a good jellyfish tho, the spineless ****

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  10. Yes BB the +5 for a fifth place finish is almost as shocking as the -23 last season. Both are terrible numbers and indicate problems with the team both in offense and defense. The -22 overall number says it all. Pardew has been a disaster considering the talent he has to choose from and put on the pitch. I know we had a lot of injuries last season but every club has to deal with injuries. We are a poor side even when we are mostly healthy as we are right now.

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  11. Somehow, Pardoh has to get Cisse scoring goals, and plenty of them.
    He shwed with that belter against Leeds, that he can still do it, but he needs MORE service of the type and quality that Sammy gave him that night.
    Until Pardoh gets more width from the team, instead of all this constant thru the centre ****, Cisse wont improve.
    ffs its not rocket science. Do we not practice anything on the training ground. πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ

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  12. G2 , He’s not too good mate ,coughing bad now which often results in puke πŸ™ , Saw GP today got anti b’s for him to try and stop another chest / ear infection and bad seizures . hopefully he’ll improve but he is out of sorts poor thing. I’m still hacking as well ,no sleep πŸ™„ just what I need ,plus I think I may of passed it on to dad which is seriously worrying ,ah well ,what can you do.

    Looking forward to the game mate but the international break is a pain ,it’s been such a stop start season ,hard to get any momentum really.

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  13. And we need to defend better. If Santon can’t cut it defensively he needs to sit and bring Dummett in. We have to find a way to stabilize the defense very quickly. Possibly even Saylor has to come back in as long as he is under control. Mbiwa needs some competition for his place to get his focus back. Push them hard Pardew or be prepared to leave.

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  14. Sorry to hear that Kimtoon. Very difficult to deal with by the sounds of it. Make sure you put your feet up before bed each night even if it’s only for a short break to unwind. I’m glad you like the footy to take your mind off things as well. I have to be very careful around my parents also so as not to spread things to them. They are both very fragile now sadly.

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  15. Anyone got any ideas for a formation for tomorrow? I’m not going to bother repeating my opinion about it in detail but we have to balance attack and defense much better than we have been. Santon doesn’t offer enough at LB, especially when Debuchy is also struggling defensively at RB. That needs immediate attention. We also have to get Cisse going as BB says or bench him again. Benny needs to find space in attack and that comes from good passes from CM. Gouffy will continue to work hard and Remy is a fine scorer. We have a chance but no more defensive collapses please.

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  16. G2 @15 Yeah mate I know ,I wanted to stay away for a couple of days but they get agitated if I don’t go over . Dad thinks the world will end if I don’t shop ,do washing for them every day ,even had to drag our Lew over there today πŸ™„ Their age ,and the strokes have left them out of touch with reality really ,especially to my situation ,bless em.
    Anyway I won’t go on this IS a footie blog after all , do you think Cisse will come back in tomorrow G2 ?.

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  17. It’s a gamble Kimtoon. We seem to be doing better with Remy and Gouffran. I suppose if Pardew feels we can risk it he could try 4-3-3 with Remy, Cisse and Gouffran up front. That may be the way he starts the match although it will probably look more like 4-5-1. Where to put Benny is a problem with the 4-3-3 formation for me. We need a good passing CM but you have to track back from that position. Interesting dilemma though.

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  18. I have had all my hope and optimism taken away. Nearly at the stage where I want the club to fail if it means we have a change of regime

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  19. Yes that looks unavoidable unless we start getting some points and climbing the table TGS @20. That’s what I would look for as owner. Good performances, consistently competing with every team we play against, not one good performance then 2 bad ones, then something iffy in between. Mid table will be a real challenge for this management group.

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  20. Whether or not people want to see it (are we really griping about defensive breakdowns) – this is precisely what everyone has been clamouring for – the return of the Entertainers!

    4 – 3 to Le Toon – Remy to score first!

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  21. I don’t mind 4-3 to us Chris @22. It’s just managing to score 4 and holding the opposition to less that seems to be the problem. Two wasn’t enough against Hull or Everton because we are shipping ridiculous numbers of goals. Even Krul is starting to look shaky. It’s the goal difference that has been killing us under Pardew.

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  22. Honestly, I think Pards is confused. He can’t decide whether to commit to attacking or defending tiki-taka. Pick something that goes to the strength of the players on the pitch and go for it. We don’t have that strong a defensive team. If you’re goign to attack and send Santon and Debuchy forward, do it and put them in the back of the net. (See 2nd half v. Everton). Just do it from the start so you aren’t spotting a 3 goal lead. It’s one thing to cede 3 while you’re trying to put in 5. It’s altogether something different to cede 3 while trying to net 1 or 2.

    As a complete aside, goal differential is meaningless if you’re picking up three points each week. I know it’ll likely come into play at the end of the season, but right now, we need points, not an improved goal differential.

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  23. Geordie @ 16:
    btw – as to formation, I’d love to see a modified 4-4-2 that really operates as a 2-5-3. Commit~!!!!

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  24. The noose is tightening round Pards neck. πŸ™„

    Jokey has a firm grip of it now. He’s played a blinder by not getting any players in. πŸ˜›

    Careful what you wish for TGS. πŸ˜‰

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  25. Wow Chris a 2-5-3 formation? You really are committed to attack mate. πŸ˜€ I would think that would be very risky with the type of defending we’ve been doing lately. As soon as we win, our goal difference will improve so I think we had better hope for an improved goal difference. If Pardew puts Willo in there we can’t commit to pushing too far forward in attack as he can’t turn and run to speak of. Without Willo we’ve had no consistent defense against air balls into the box. It’s a bit of a dilemma.

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  26. Committed indeed! I mean, if that’s what’s really going to happen anyway, let’s call a spade a spade and just launch into it! Leave the two in the back as Willo and Colo. No dillema, just lots of goals. lots, and lots of goals πŸ™„

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  27. Wow Chris a new death wish for Pardew. That formation away from home mate??? πŸ˜† I think we had better focus on something like 4-3-3 that can at least defend properly by changing to 4-5-1 when they have the ball. A lot of running for Remy and Gouffran but they seem up to it to me. Have Cisse off at the half if he’s useless as usual and change the formation to 4-4-2 with Gouffy and Remy up front. The best I can do mate.

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  28. count Villa away as a one off, how many games did pardew win away last season?

    The guy doesnt know how to approach games. Can’t see a win myself.

    He said the same guff after Hull tonked us about showing our true worth only to get well and truly spanked at Everton..

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  29. @Mark

    The players aren’t good enough sand as soon as you realise it then the sooner you’ll realise we have an average manager and average players.

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  30. @Troy

    I know they’re not good enough. they would be with a few additions. Its not a terrible squad just short of quality everywhere but the middle, and even thats a bit suspect when finding the right shape..

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  31. Sissoko has been crap
    Mbwia crap
    Debuchy crap
    Santon crap
    Obertan crap
    Goof crap
    Tiote crap
    I could go on.
    Simply, we paid peanuts and gots peanuts.

    The good season Ba, Cisse and Barfa papered over cracks the size of Aussies arse. πŸ˜†

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  32. The trouble is with sacking Pards and bringing in another mediocre manager is, the new mediocre manager makes mediocre choices.

    It doesn’t take long before the sacking crew want the new manager sacked and we are back to square one.

    You either accept that you will only get with mediocrity with Ashley or bang your heed against the wall.

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  33. The only hope in all this, is we survive relegation and have a £40m war chest next season. 😯

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  34. I have to side with Mark on this one Troy mate @34. Gouffran hasn’t been crap, he’s been quite decent. I worry about Sissoko, Santon and Debuchy getting Pardewed (turned into crap) though. We will have to fish or cut bait with Cisse soon (ie. drop him altogether or find a way to get him scoring), and Cabaye needs to get fully fit. Not sure what’s going to happen to Tiote but at least he offers some cover. We need (yawn here we go again I know) some striker depth, another good CB, RB cover, and a decent winger. If we were a normal club with a normal owner and a sane DoF we would have got those in the summer. Sad isn’t it Troy? πŸ˜₯

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  35. Except we aren’t mediocre with Pardew Troy mate. We’re crap. We’re 16th with a crap goal difference, a main striker who can’t score, a terrible defense getting worse and a manager who can’t see the forest for the trees. We’re probably arguing over nothing since I know you aren’t thrilled with the team either.

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  36. @G2

    Well done for standing up for yourself. πŸ˜‰

    Shame you are wrong πŸ˜‰

    Mediocre ranges from 8th to 17th in my book. πŸ˜‰

    The real point I’m making though is, we could replace Pards and the likelihood is, it will be another cheap choice, likely Jokey and it will be 6 months before you will be shouting for his head.

    Ashley is the culprit. No one else IMO πŸ˜‰

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  37. Well Ashley is definitely the main culprit, I would agree with that for certain Troy. I can’t see 17th as mediocre though. 17th is crap but just get to escape relegation crap. As is 14th, 15th, and 16th. Mediocre for me is around mid table, about 8th or ninth to 12th or 13th, take your pick. We haven’t even been mediocre for quite a while now. That’s hard to accept about our own club I know but we have to admit there’s a problem before we can fix it. That would be where Ashley has to step in. Admit your complete set of ****ups over the last 2 seasons Mike and move forward with a better plan or risk losing your money.

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  38. Well the way we are shipping goals we just as well go all out attack and try and entertain. It’s funny I look back at the 96 and 97 4.3 defeats to Liverpool with a real sense of romance mainly because even though we lost we were bloody entertaining the 96 game in particular was end to end stuff and 97 was nearly a wonderful comeback .Just a pity we got done in the 90th in both games πŸ™„ . We’ve never ever had a brilliant defence but we’ve always had great goal scorers and that bit of flair now and then .It just feels like it’s slipping away under this owner and his cronies ,he needs to wake up and right the ship before it sinks into oblivion as this seasons looking well dodgy already imo . πŸ™

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  39. G2@39 Spot on mate totally agree, 17th is crap and not acceptable for the Toon. It shouldn’t be daft to think we should be finishing top 10 ,11th 12th at worst for a club like ours .

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  40. Troy – what do you think the Fat Cuntroller will do if we get relegated again ❓
    Do you think he will stick with Pardoh or sack the useless twonk and bring in someone else ?

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  41. it wasnt that long ago we were toying with Spurs.

    We should be aiming at the top 6, and under Ashley with his prudent approach we might just get there in 2025 πŸ˜›

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  42. Troy Stavers

    October 4, 2013 at 21:10

    The only hope in all this, is we survive relegation and have a £40m war chest next season. 😯

    you shouldn’t start rumours like this Troy.
    Even if we do survive this season we all know we would only get Β£2M to spend next summer. Any more would most likely have Pardoh telling the world we are using our overdraft facility. πŸ˜›
    What a ****

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  43. Agree Mark, top 6 should be our aim.
    But even fatty and the Director of ****all realise, that is beyond Pardoh’s capabilities.

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  44. Yes Kimtoon I’m fed up with 16th from last season. Now we’re back there. I don’t want anything less than 12th but just can’t see how we’re going to get there with this outfit in control mate.

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  45. Toonsy good read lets hope we can keep our record going tomorrow πŸ˜‰
    BB it depenps what JFK says but if he says he would take a board role just to get his foot in the door to getting a managers job then I would believe that, would you not believe that ❓

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  46. Yes mate, he may well want to use us as a way back into management, but I also think he knows NUFC is too big a job for his weak ticker.
    He’d be dead within 6 months.
    Maybe a lesser club would take the risk, but I don’t think fatty will.
    Ha Ha Ha. Like wtf do I know. πŸ˜›
    Either way Big Dave, I think we will be finding out one way or another before xmas.
    I think Pardoh is spiralling out of control. Its just a matter of time.

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  47. G2 – would you accept 12th season on season, because that’s what fatty wants you to accept.
    Mediocrity all of the time, no ambition for anything more.
    A half full stadium of those hard core fans who just cant stay away regardless of the dross being served up. ❓

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  48. More anal-dribble from Alan

    Yes, Mike was supportive.” β€œAlong with Joe they wanted to know how they could help.” β€œParticularly when the transfer window’s shut 😯 , Joe needs to understands exactly what we need.” πŸ˜†

    β€œHe’s an ex-manager so he needs to know exactly what the issues and problems are if we have any, so it’s just an explanation of those and going into the game. I think that’s a general chat most managers have with their owners.”

    β€œJoe can help with gathering information so when we come to January when I say β€˜I think we should do this’, πŸ˜† it makes some sort of sense.” β€œA Football Director at Manchester City, the Director at Tottenham, if they’re not getting that information after games I’d be surprised.”

    β€œI don’t think it’s unique.” β€œI think in his role as Football Director it’s only right that he is at the game. I think you’d be asking questions if he wasn’t.”

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  49. BB I agree if results dont pick up before xmas he will be away but I am sure JFK will be taking over as a stand in but I would say he will stand in as long as he can.

    Mark @ 50 is that really what he has said ❓

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  50. sounds like the pap pardew would come out with.
    Me thinks he is wriggling like a worm on a hook.
    tick tick tick……………..

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  51. Here’s another stat lol

    Since returning to the Premier League we’ve kept 30 clean sheets. With Mike Williamson in the side we’ve keot 21 but without him in the side only 9.

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  52. Wow, so now we’re complaining about the fact that some of the teams we finished above 2 seasons ago had a better goal difference than us πŸ™„ πŸ™„
    I bet Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton had a right good giggle, “look at those daft Geordies celebrating finishing 5th when they haven’t even bothered to look at the GD column” oh how they’d have laughed at us πŸ™„ πŸ™„

    Toonsy…Don’t dare try and say owt good about Willo, it’s compulsory for toon fans to have a minimum of 3 of their own players to slag off each season πŸ˜‰

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  53. Whinging and feeling sorry for yourself.. staple fodder for some on here… everyone is entitled to their opinion, but some shouldn’t be πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  54. That’s probably because you’re the other case in point πŸ˜‰

    Hailstones the size of tangerines yesterday 😯 house survived ok apart from a damaged gutter and some of the plants are shredded, next doors cars lost a windscreen tho… to go with the wild fire we had on Tuesday πŸ˜•

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  55. so goal difference has no relevance to anything at any time and should simply be ignored.
    Hmmmm. Good one.
    Try telling Manure that when they lost the league title to Man City on GD in 2011.
    Just to refresh your memory, both finished on 89 points, but city had a GD of +64 and manure could ONLY manage +56.
    Obviously points on the board are the most important statistic, but GD IS also relevant.
    I think therefore it is reasonable to discuss it on a football blog when there is **** all else to talk about. You call it complaining……whatever.

    Some people just get off by having a go at other posters, because they cant add to the discussion.
    Whatever floats your boat.

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  56. Yep it can have a relevance but the only time it does a difference when 2 teams are more have the same amount of points but comparing to teams who finished on less points as us as though it’s a negative is irrelevant …just my opinion on those opinions like, but if you want to call it having a go πŸ˜‰ … and as for having a go at other posters, well you haven’t done that before have you? πŸ™„

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  57. @ BB

    You say;
    Either way Big Dave, I think we will be finding out one way or another before xmas.
    I think Pardoh is spiralling out of control. Its just a matter of time.

    I seem to recall you were saying that, this time last year. πŸ˜›

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  58. I don’t think either Willo or Simpson were bad defenders at all.

    In fact I’d say they were middle Prem standard.

    What they were poor at was keeping possession once they’d won it.

    This wouldn’t have been as much of a problem, if their weaknesses were exposed by Pardew’s tactics.

    He uses his fullbacks for width. But Simpson is not a wing back in that sense. He would work well behind someone like Ben Arfa on the right, because he doesn’t push forward that often. In fact, he was always underrated. If someone like Obertan or Jonas played in front of him. It left us completely impotent down the right side. Its about a balance, and Pardew hasn’t found that.

    With Debuchy the type who loves to push forward, we need a more defensive winger to cover and track back. NOW he plays Ben Arfa who does no tracking back at all – leaves us massively exposed.

    Willo again. Is decent against the big men. But put him up against someone with pace and he makes me very nervous. He also needs to work on his distribution. But that seems to have improved a lot. He is making a concerted effort to let the better passers, like Cabaye and Colo do the work. He’ll never be a great, but a useful squad member that’s for sure.

    It boils down to Pardew picking the best team ON THE DAY, not the best 11 which he tends to do now. He’s lost the plot for me.
    He makes quality players look average, and average players look bad.

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  59. Yes Troy I was. And I don’t think I was wrong was I.
    We survived last season by the skin of our teeth. JUST.
    I don’t believe Pardoh will do much better this season.
    Survival for most seems good enough tho.
    Better that, than Jokey takes over. Like he could do much worse.
    Under Pardump, our ambitions have gone from top 4, top 8, to top 10.
    What will it be next season ? Promotion perhaps πŸ˜•

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  60. What is alarming is we have conceded the second most goals in the league with 11 in 6 games.

    Now there’s two people to blame for me. Carr cos he purchased most of the defence and Pards cos they clearly aren’t organised.

    It’s about time we started scrutinising the quality of footballer Carr is bringing in.

    These players aren’t cheap for nothing. πŸ™„

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  61. @Bootsy

    You reply;
    Yes Troy I was. And I don’t think I was wrong was I.

    Wow! πŸ˜› yes you were wrong. If you have noticed he’s still here. You were claiming he’d be gone by last Xmas. πŸ˜›

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  62. I don’t think I claimed he WOULD be gone by last xmas. But I was certainly calling for it.
    And I still am.
    We remain relegation fodder while he remains at the club.
    As much as fat ash is to blame for the all the problems at NUFC, pardump is to blame for the ****e performances on the pitch.
    He will take us down IMO.
    It will all end in tears then jokey will be tasked to get us promoted again.
    Good luck with that one.

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  63. Troy,
    You say we won’t get someone better than Pardew for the money Ashley is willing to pay.

    What makes you think we will pay for a scout that will find us better quality players for the money Ashley is willing to spend.

    They may be cheap for a reason. But he can only scout cheap because Ashley is not willing to invest any capital (no capital outlay) – from the evidence, this still seems to be the case.

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  64. For the squad we have. I think Martinez or Laudrup would have been great choices. I don’t see them coming because their current clubs are better and more ambitious anyway.

    So that leaves us with the likes of Mclaren, Curbishley, Kinnear, or Di Matteo.

    Of that lot, with the amount of continental players I’d say Di Matteo isn’t much better or worse than Pardew. But he would probably get more out of the continental players in his approach and he would bring a freshness to an otherwise stale stagnating side.

    So yes, I’d go that route if Pardew doesn’t show some serious improvement in consistency within the next month.

    We’ve three or four good performances in two years. Its pathetic. The Villa game gave me some hope. But Everton drained it.

    Lets see what happens today.

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