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Have the players given up on manager Alan Pardew?

Alan Pardew shakes hands with NUFC owner Mike Ashley ahead of their tie with Southampton

Pardew – Has deployed some some questionable tactics at times in NUFC career

There have been a few times this season when Newcastle United have looked a Championship team at best – no less than in our latest mauling at Southampton on Saturday. The players looked clueless, disinterested and generally lazy throughout the 90+ minutes at St. Mary’s, and it’s not the first time such a performance has materialised. At home to Tottenham Hotspur – truth be told – a pretty awful Tottenham Hotspur showed up to stick four past Tim Krul in the Newcastle United goal and leave a packed out St. James’ Park faithful baying for blood. Even a month previous our home performance against rivals Sunderland was a complete joke. Another handful of performances throughout the season resulted in marginally less embarrassing losses, in turn, posing the question: have the current crop of Newcastle United players have lost confidence in the [Read more →]

March 30, 2014   2 Comments

An honest review of Southampton’s victory over toothless Toon

Jay Rodriguez celebrates opening the scoring for Southampton against Newcastle United

Rodriguez – Ripped Newcastle United’s non-existent defence to shreds today

There may have been only a solitary point separating Newcastle United and Southampton in favour of the North East outfit before today, but when the final whistle sounded at a packed out St. Mary’s Stadium – there might as well have been a division between the sides, as the difference in quality on display was truly visible. Southampton have earned the plaudits for their style of football this season, and as I aluded to in my preview on Friday evening, Newcastle needed to be on song in order to avoid another away defeat. I suggested that we couldn’t allow Southampton to start quickly, or force us deep into our own half so early on, but dear me, that was exactly what happened. Whatever about us falling into Southampton’s trap, the response was even more disheartening for [Read more →]

March 29, 2014   No Comments

LIVE: Southampton v Newcastle United – follow the action

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Action – Can Newcastle United record an away victory at Southampton?

Southampton have been one of the most impressive sides in the Premier League season, if you are to believe the mass media. Well today our own Newcastle United make the trek to Hampshire looking to extend the gap above Mauricio Pochettino’s men to four points. Alan Pardew – fresh from his three game stadium ban – will resume his duties from the posh-seats in the St. Mary’s Stadium while assistant manager John Carver will be his man on the ground prowling the touchlines. NUFC’s leading goalscorer Loic Rémy will sit out yet another game with injury, while Tim Krul will also be forced to watch from the sidelines after impaling himself in the disappointing midweek defeat to Everton. The hosts will be without Nathaniel Clyne however the powerful Rickie Lambert will lead the line as the Saints look to continue their fine home record against the Toon. The Saints are unbeaten [Read more →]

March 29, 2014   No Comments

Southampton v Newcastle United – How will we line-up?

Hatem Ben Arfa in action for Newcastle against Southampton

Southampton – An excellent side that have excellent with large English contingent

If there is one major travesty to happen between now and the summer its the possibility or rather probability of Danny Welbeck getting the nod to go to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil ahead of Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez. The Manchester United man has been in pretty dire form all season in an ultimately shocking campaign for David Moyes’ men while Rodriguez has enjoyed the form of his life netting 13 goals in a spritely Southampton outfit led by the ambitious Mauricio Pochettino. The Englishman has proven a menace for defences across the division assisted by the ever-present Adam Lallana who will surely make Roy Hodgson’s squad. Another man – Luke Shaw has drawn plaudits from across the league with some fine performances and it is easy to see why; the defender has the potential to become one of the best left-backs in Europe. With that all said and [Read more →]

March 28, 2014   1 Comment