Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

Friendly Display Causes Concern

Friendly Display Causes Concern

Newcastle United played their first game of a double header in the inaugural Schalke 04 cup and with just 2 weeks to go until the serious stuff starts, left a massive cause for concern.

Friendlies can be dismissed as performances being not the most important thing with the ability to gain match practise deemed moreso but today's showing was nothing short of a disgrace.

Without pointing fingers although im going to, there was yet more evidence that Alan Pardew is way out of his depth here.

The defence was shocking. What Steven Taylor was doing i'll never know, with his constant questionable positioning and his windmill arm movements at varying points.

Why didn't Pardew play Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in his natural centre back role when we had natural right backs on the bench?

Why did Pardew play 2 kids up front when the season starts in 2 weeks?

Why was our midfield 5 constantly 'outnumbered' by a harder working Malaga 3?

Why do we persist with the massively inept Rob Elliot in nets when he is easily the worst keeper we've had in the Premier League era?

Why do we look like we've no plan A, never mind a decent plan B?

Why does Pardew persist in getting players in and playing them out of position or wanting an attacker to track back more than venture forward?

There's bundles of questions to answer but Pardew tried to deflect criticism by taking the blame in his post match yawn.

He's right, he does need to take the blame along with Mike Ashley because unless we get some tactics that work and spend some proper money on at least a decent striker and a quality centre back then next season's massive TV cash can't be hidden in the accounts like this years as we'll be in the championship.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Talk of the Tyne
Date:Saturday August 2 2014
Time: 10:42PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Adams Turns Professional

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Yedlin In Team Of The Week (24/1/17)

Newcastle United are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Rafa - Ritchie Can Always Make A Difference

Ritchie scored twice in the win over Rotherham - adding to a double against Birmingham - with Rafa praising the former Portsmouth & Bournemouth wingers quality and commitment.

Vital View - Championship, 20th-21st January 2017

Newcastle and Brighton both won with the Magpies keeping top spot. Wigan moved out of the bottom 3 with Rotherham, Blackburn and Burton in the relegation zone.

Video - Newcastle 4-0 Rotherham

Brighton had retaken the lead in the Championship on Friday but it didn't last long as Newcastle reacted with a 4-0 win against Rotherham to put the Magpies back on top.

Archived TOTT Articles

TOTT articles from

Site Journalists

TNMW
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Rotherham MotM
Suggested By:
Darlow2%
Yedlin44%
Lascelles0%
Clark4%
Dummett0%
Ritchie26%
Hayden2%
Shelvey10%
Gouffran2%
Perez2%
Murphy6%
Sub - Ameobi2%
Sub - Lazaar0%
Sub - Sterry0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 27 19 1 7 58 33
2 Brighton 26 17 6 3 57 24
3 Huddersfield 27 15 4 8 49 2
4 Leeds Utd 27 15 3 9 48 10
5 Reading 26 14 4 8 46 2
6 Sheff Wed 27 13 6 8 45 5
7 Derby County 27 12 7 8 43 6
8 Barnsley 27 12 5 10 41 5
9 Fulham 26 10 10 6 40 13
10 Norwich 27 12 4 11 40 5
11 Preston 27 11 7 9 40 3
12 Birmingham 27 9 10 8 37 -5
13 Aston Villa 27 8 12 7 36 1
14 Ipswich 27 9 7 11 34 -5
15 Brentford 27 9 6 12 33 -1
16 Cardiff 26 9 6 11 33 -9
17 Q.P.R. 27 9 6 12 33 -11
18 Wolves 27 8 8 11 32 -3
19 Forest 27 8 6 13 30 -7
20 Bristol City 27 8 3 16 27 -4
21 Wigan 27 6 7 14 25 -8
22 Burton 27 6 7 14 25 -11
23 Blackburn 27 6 7 14 25 -12
24 Rotherham 27 4 4 19 16 -33
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures (view all)

Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 1 2017 7:45PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 5:30PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 20 2017 8:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.CuckFan148
2.Toon_NoMatterWot147
3.keggy_keagal53
4.PieMag47
5.Mcnamee6742
6.Finn_the_Dog39
7.officemonkey29
8.The Pyrry28
9.billybobcat27
10.McCreery18
Vital Football Comment