Archive for tag: Wolves vs Newcastle.

Pardew identifies shortcomings despite our lofty 4th place

October 3rd, 2011 | 7 Comments |

Alan Pardew identifies problems.
We should have had a 3rd goal
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew identifies some areas in which we can improve, despite our creditable 4th place Premier League position.

There has been a lot of comment since our 2-1 victory over Wolves on Saturday, much of it of the pat-on-the-back variety, which – it has to be said – is better than the poke-in-the-eye variety that might follow a defeat.

Alan Pardew, however, still has some room for criticism. Pardew said:

I’m just disappointed we didn’t get the third goal – it wouldn’t have then been a grandstand finish, it would have been game over. We missed a couple of big chances in that period.

Indeed, whilst it may appear churlish to criticise a team that’s currently performing beyond expectations – at least in terms of league position – one problem I think we do have is that we don’t close games down very well.

It seems to me that there are two ways of doing that. The first is simply to score more goals and put the game completely beyond the opposition. The second is to nullify the opposition with possession, not allowing them to put us under pressure. The latter trait in particular is one which I think we can improve upon a lot. (more…)

Wolves vs Newcastle match banter

October 1st, 2011 | 82 Comments |

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United, October 2011.
Trip to Wolves for the Toon
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to today’s match banter thread for Wolverhampton Wanderers against Newcastle United.

For more detailed information about today’s game, see Jimbob’s excellent match preview.

On paper this should be a low scoring game and I could see no goals at all from my reading of the tea leaves this morning, although maybe that’s because I use tea bags.

I’ve been zapped by particles of optimism from Betelgeuse today though and went for a 2-1 win to us in the Prediction Competition this week, so I guess I’ll have to stick with that. Incidentally, ‘sirjasontoon’ still leads the competition and ‘El Toro’ had the cheek to knock me down to third place last week. (more…)