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I honestly do not know where our points are going to come from, we need to pick up points desperately. Newcastle do not deserve to be where they are, no matter who you support yo can not say that Newc

Re: Official Newcastle Utd thread northern rock are still continuing to sponsor newcastle?????? pretty sure adidas would have tried to keep newcastle as they've probably been a nice earner for them

Re: Official Newcastle Utd thread I dont mind getting beat, you were the better side. But atleast buy a striker who can score some decent goals, like seriously

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Out of all that I said' date=' thats your only reply? :P

Yes, facebook can be quite silly at times! :o[/quote']

Haha, I didn't watch the game but have seen Cisse's goals :)

Sunday will be a very very tough game for us but I think our strikers can score against your defence (especially without Tiote); it's just whether they can score more than Papiss :P

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Haha' date=' I didn't watch the game but have seen Cisse's goals :)

Sunday will be a very very tough game for us but I think our strikers can score against your defence (especially without Tiote); it's just whether they can score more than Papiss :P[/quote']

There were a few shakey moments last night but the defence was quite solid, on the whole. I worried when Drogba came on but Williamson, yes! Williamson had him in is pocket. Aguero is sooooo much different to Drogba but I have a little bit of faith in our backline. With Perch ahead of Simpson again, hopefully.

Would be a shame if Tiote didn't play. Him against Silva/Toure, Toure especially would make great viewing.

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My facebook was bombarded with video's of that second goal' date=' and of people just calling Cisse super-human. I fully agree. What he's doing is spectacular. [/quote']

Yuo've got a few individuals able to make these unbelievable things, turning matches by their individual performances. I mean, check out the highlight reel of this season: there's Ba's volley, now there's Cissé topping that, and another beauty by Cissé, and there's Cabaye's free kick and wow what an amazing pass, and then on the top of it all there's Ben Arfa's amazing dribble and goal, and oh, yet another one of those. Recently in your run for the 4th (or 3rd) place, although the success has been based on the hard team work defence wise, you often have been carried by amazing individual performances attack wise.

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Plaudits for Pards

Boss deserves recognition for inspiring Toon turnaround, says Jeff

Who is your Premier League manager of the season?

Roberto Mancini if Man City win the league? Brendan Rodgers for Swansea's style and substance? Paul Lambert for surpassing expectations at Norwich?

Each of those have a claim (and Sir Alex Ferguson is never far away in these things) but realistically there is a clear winner in my view - honorary Geordie Alan Pardew.

Regardless of whether Newcastle finish in the top four or not, what he has achieved on Tyneside this season is staggering.

Wednesday night's win over Chelsea symbolised everything about the Newcastle side he's developed. They were tremendously well organised, showed fantastic battling qualities and team spirit, and demonstrated wonderful flair going forward.

I don't mind saying that at the start of the season I thought Newcastle would end up getting relegated.

Many fans saw Pardew as a nodding dog for the unpopular owners. But he's turned out to be anything but.

I remember that when Pardew first went to Newcastle (and by the way I thought Chris Hughton was treated incredibly unfairly) a lot of the fans' websites were incredibly negative about his appointment; many saw him as a nodding dog for the unpopular owners.

But he's turned out to be anything but and the tone on those same websites has changed. I read one tongue-in-cheek comment this week which said 'I dinna know who this man thinks he is. He's come in here, improved our team, improved our style of play, improved our league position...'

They've certainly claimed some decent scalps long the way - beating Man Utd 3-0, Liverpool2-0, Chelsea 2-0.

In footballing terms Pardew's results speak for themselves. Everywhere he's been, his percentage win-rate stands out: Southampton(53), Reading (48), Newcastle (43), West Ham (41). Only his time at Charlton (31) could be perceived as relatively disappointing.

Pardew is meticulous in everything he does but in the week that Roy Hodgson was appointed England boss, I couldn't help reflecting that he isn't the style of person who would necessarily go down well at the FA.

He is quite outspoken at times and I don't feel he is one who would necessarily toe the line, when it is necessary to do so, and there is a touch of arrogance in his manner that helps set him apart from some of his peers and gets the best out of players.

Take Fabricio Coloccini, for example, who appears a player transformed. Pardew has got him playing to his strengths and that's mirrored throughout the side; there are no square pegs in round holes. People know what their job is; they know what they are meant to be doing and work tremendously hard for their boss.

Then there are players who have come into the side like James Perch, who many thought of as extremely ordinary, who has had such an incredible impact that suddenly the fans are calling him 'Perchinio'!

Up front Newcastle have been a revelation. In the first half of the season Demba Bacaught the eye, now it's all about Papiss Cisse - even though I actually think Ba is still playing pretty well.

Both of Cisse's strikes against Chelsea were wonder goals, for me. The second one is the more spectacular but the first was absolutely breath-taking. He's performed at that level since he arrived at the club following another great piece of talent spotting. Not bad for £9m! He looks as though he's worth twice, three times that amount.

Cheik Ismael Tiote has been incredible too, while Hatem Ben Arfa - the 'enfant terrible' of French football - looks like a player rehabilitated. He hasn't put a foot wrong for Newcastle and has become an integral part of the side.

Every time Newcastle lose and lose badly - the defeats to Fulham, Tottenham and Wigan spring to mind - there has been a temptation to say 'that's it, the bubble has finally burst' but it never has.

That fantastic achievement is down to the dedication and inspiration of the management and the coaching staff. Generally speaking - aside from notable absentees like Steven Taylor - they've been fairly fortunate with injuries which has meant that Pardew has been able to play a similar team for much of the season.

Perhaps Pardew's biggest achievement is that nobody seems to be talking about Mike Ashley anymore! I imagine the owner is absolutely delighted because Pardew has taken all of the pressure of him.

Of course, Newcastle can still have a massive impact on the destiny of the Premier League title.

If Manchester City win at Newcastle on Sunday then they will deserve to be champions, because as United found out, it's a hell of a tough place to go and get a result.

With 50,000-odd Geordies there it is going to be one fantastic afternoon and, to be honest, I wouldn't want to predict which way it will go!

Great article by Jeff Stelling about his choice for manager of the year. I honestly don't think there can be another candidate.

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Just seen Cisse goal, again (:D) on football focus. Its showed Drogba, who was on the half way line right by the dugout. Him and Pardew looked at each other in disbelief. Drogba then clapped while Pards just stood there, jaw on the floor. LOL

Plus, there was this shown too....

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HAHAHAHA!!! Funny as!

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Please win tomorrow' date=' you could go 3rd ;):P:D[/quote']

This is a fantastic end of the season everything still to play for with only 2 games left to go. League title, champions league spots and and the dog fight at the other end of the table

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Dai. Remember you were saying you support Newcastle and anyone who is playing United. But if you manage to beat City, United will get the title, surely you'll not be pleased about that :P and even if you win you'll still be more likely not to finish top 4. :D

P.S. - You won't be too disappointed if city win.

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Was already a big game today but Arsenal's slip yesterday has just changed the whole ball game. The chance now to possibly go 3rd is unbelievable and at such a late stage with one game left so critical. :)

Full team available today so can't have any excuses, I just really hope we give it a full effort as this is pretty much our biggest game in recent history, of course Everton away won't be a cake-walk either but this is clearly the main stumbling block. ;)

Just hope Cisse can squeeze out a couple more wonder goals! :D

C'mon a Toon !! :D

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Aaaaaaaargh!

I DON'T want to help United!

But with Arsenal dropping points, we can go into the Champions League qualification spots and put it in our own hands. (Well, up until the Champo League final anyway. Depending on the Spurs score today too)

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Starting team vs City:

Krul, Perch, Santon, Side-Show, Williamson, Cabaye, Tiote, Guttierez, Ben Arfa, Ba, Cisse.

Marveaux is back and on the bench. Really excited to see him. Like Ben Arfa, really impressed before a long term injury. Hopefully he comes back in the

same way Ben Arfa has.

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SAF has put on some weight ;)

Newcastle have been poor so far' date=' barely threatened.[/quote']

Did you not hear Pardew before the game? Its definately a game-plan. Although, I'd love to see us get into the game a bit.

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Did you not hear Pardew before the game? Its definately a game-plan. Although' date=' I'd love to see us get into the game a bit.[/quote']

No, but I could work out that it was a game plan. I'd guess that Pardew's plan wasn't to not get near the Man City goal for the first 25 minutes though. You've improved a lot in the last 10 minutes, much better game now.

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No' date=' but I could work out that it was a game plan. I'd guess that Pardew's plan wasn't to not get near the Man City goal for the first 25 minutes though. You've improved a lot in the last 10 minutes, much better game now.[/quote']

Yeah, I agree. Just wish Ben Arfa could have scored. Then Ba's chance had fell to Cisse. But we're definately improving.

Then, City go up the other end and heroic defending stops them.

Its hotting up!

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