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Season 2014-15
Stoke City (a) Premier League


In association 
with NUFC.com 
 

 
Date:
Monday 29th September 2014, 8.00pm. Live on Sky Sports

Venue:
Britannia Stadium

Conditions:
precarious

Admission:
£20 (£20 in 2013/14)
For the second successive season, a reciprocal agreement between both clubs resulted in a welcome pricing reduction.

Programme:
£3.50

Stoke City

 

Newcastle United

1 - 0

 

Teams

Goals

6mins: Janmaat made a half-hearted challenge on Moses out on the left wing and the Stoke man was able to skip past and deliver a cross that was meat and drink for beanpole Crouch who guided his header beyond Krul. Crouch's marker, Coloccini, was rooted to the spot as the goalscorer timed his leap to meet the centre. 0-1

Half time: Potters 1 Magpies 0

Full time: Potters 1 Magpies 0

We Said


Alan Pardew:

"I was born battle-hard so that comes natural to me.

"Itís been tough because you want the fans to be behind you. They are questioning everything I do and thatís understandable, but I have to remain strong and makes sure Iím giving the team everything I can.

"It leaves us in the bottom three. We've got to fight, I've got to fight and the teamís got to fight and thatís what weíll continue to do until we turn it round.

"I donít expect a serious conversation with Mike Ashley tonight but I think weíll have some serious conversations before Saturday, because he doesn't want to lose and nor do I.

"Itís important that I showed to the team that I'm here to lead.

"I've never really been in this situation before - itís unique - but Iím a professional football manager. Thatís what I do, and thatís what Iíll continue to do.  

(West Ham in December 2006 perhaps? or how about Charlton in November 2008? and who could forget Newcastle United in May 2013?)

"Itís a tough place to come (is) Stoke on any given day, but today was tough for us.

"There were slight margins in the game but unfortunately another defeat for us and you canít keep getting beat so weíre going to have to address that.

"That's been our problem probably for most of the season really (the final third letting them down).

"We've got to find a little bit more quality there. Our delivery, our method a little bit let us down in that area. We're going to need to make a couple of changes I think to the starting 11 to give ourselves a bit more thrust.

"We just need something in that final area, someone to create the moment. We've had a few chances tonight. Unfortunately tonight we weren't able to get that.

"It leaves me in charge of the team until Iím told Iím not. Thereís a lot of pressure on me and thatís reflected in the team a little bit but Iíve got to be strong and resilient.

"Itís out of my hands, Iím a professional manager with a contract and Iíll continue to lead the team to the best of my ability.

"Weíre losing games and I have to turn it around. Thereís criticism and mocking of some description and youíve got to be strong and get on with it."

They Said


Mark Hughes:

"At times we werenít as fluid as we would like to be, but for that you have to credit the opposition because they tried to press from the front which meant we werenít able to build as methodically as we would have liked to.

ďThat said however, I did think that we were the better team on the night though Ė especially in terms of creating chances from good open play situations.

ďWe always looked a real threat on the break too, which was pleasing because we have put a greater emphasis on trying to add that to our play this season.

ďWe were able to spring attacks upon them from misplaced passes and good interceptions, so we can be pleased with that.

ďIt was important to get that first win on the board at home, and now we can build upon that and start to build what will hopefully be a really successful season.

"I wish Alan Pardew well. It's not easy, I've been in that situation. All you can do is work hard and he will be working with his staff to turn things around. They played well for him tonight and that will encourage him.

"We deserved the win on the balance of play. In terms of chances created we always looked a threat when we broke quickly with pace."

 

Stats


Stats:

The Ashley era -
NUFC after PL 6 games:

2007/08: 11 points, 5th (scored 9, conceded 5)
2008/09: 4 points, 19th (scored 5, conceded 11)
2010/11: 7 points, 10th (scored 9, conceded 8)
2011/12: 12 points, 4th (scored 7, conceded 3)
2012/13: 9 points, 9th (scored 8, conceded 8)
2013/14: 7 points, 16th (scored 7, conceded 11)
2014/15: 3 points, 19th (scored 5, conceded 12)

United's thirteenth away league fixture in 2014 ended in a ninth defeat, with just two wins and two draws. That means a haul of just eight points from a possible 39. 

Combining that with our miserable home record means that Alan Pardew's side have collected just 19 points from a possible 75. That translates as five victories, four draws and 16 losses, with 19 goals scored, 47 conceded and five clean sheets.

It's now 720 minutes since a Newcastle player scored a league goal for his side away from SJP (Vurnon Anita at Hull in March). In visits to Fulham, Southampton, Stoke, Arsenal, Liverpool, Villa, Southampton again and Stoke again our only goal was an OG from a Liverpool player.

Having netted against Newcastle for Aston Villa (2001), Southampton (2005) and Liverpool (2005 and 2006), 33 year old Peter Crouch added Stoke to that list. He's also faced us for Portsmouth and Spurs without scoring. 

Post-match interviews saw Crouch confirm that his odd "talking hand" goal celebration was directed towards a Newcastle-supporting pal of his.

Season-opening winless runs (PL only):

2014/15: no win in six games
2013/14: won the third game
2012/13: won the first game
2011/12: won the second game
2010/11: won the second game
2008/09: won the second game
2007/08: won the first game
2006/07: won the first game
2005/06: won the sixth game
2004/05: won the fifth game
2003/04: won the seventh game
2002/03:
won the first game
2001/02: won the third game
2000/01: won the second game
1999/00: won the eighth game
1998/99:
won the fifth game
1997/98: won the first game
1996/97: won the second game
1995/96: won the first game
1994/95: won the first game
1993/94: won the fourth game

Potters v Magpies - post-WW11:

2014/15 lost 0-1
2013/14 lost 0-1
2012/13 lost 1-2 Cisse
2011/12 won 3-1 Ba 3
2010/11 lost 0-4
2008/09 drew 1-1 Carroll
2007/08 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1995/96 won 4-0 (LC) Beardsley 2, Ferdinand, D.Peacock
1989/90 lost 1-2 K.Scott
1984/85 won 1-0 OG
1978/79 drew 0-0
1976/77 drew 0-0
1975/76 drew 1-1 Gowling
1974/75 drew 0-0
1973/74 lost 1-2 Tudor
1972/73 lost 0-2
1971/72 drew 3-3 Macdonald 2, D.Craig
1970/71 lost 0-3
1969/70 won 1-0 Robson
1968/69 lost 0-1
1967/68 lost 1-2 Davies
1966/67 won 1-0 Robson
1965/66 lost 0-4
1962/63 lost 1-3 Thomas
1961/62 lost 1-3 Hale
1952/53 lost 0-1
1951/52 won 5-4 Davies 2, G.Robledo 2, Duncan
1950/51 won 4-2 (FAC) Milburn, Mitchell, G.Robledo 2
1950/51 won 2-1 Milburn 2
1949/50 lost 0-1
1948/49 drew 1-1 Milburn

(At the Victoria Ground until 1995/96 then Britannia Stadium).

Total record against Stoke:
 
  P W D L F A
SJP 38 27 7 4 95 32
VG/BS 39 8 10 21 33 61
League 77 35 17 25 128 93
SJP(TM) 1 1 0 0 2 1
VG(TM) 1 0 0 1 0 1
SJP(FA) 4 4 0 0 11 4
VG/BS 3 1 2 0 5 3
SJP(LC) 1 1 0 0 3 0
VG 1 1 0 0 4 0
Cup/TM 11 8 2 1 25 9
Tot 88 43 19 26 153 102

  

Waffle


Stoke (a) 2008                                                       Stoke (a) 2014

For once, history didn't repeat itself.

The ingredients of a wet night at the Britannia Stadium, a loathed visiting manager and the owner were all in place, but on this occasion Mike Ashley opted not to create a vacancy. 

Sam Allardyce squelched off to the dressing room amid catcalls here in 2008 never to return, but his 2014 equivalent lives to blight another day, or at least until this joyless charade of a football club pitches up in Wales on Saturday for another episode of misery.

I
t's now six league games without a win and only the thinnest of margins keeps Alan Pardew's side off the bottom of the Premier League as showers of scorn and rain buffeted him on Monday night.

The verdict from the away end was less than positive and while many voiced their discontent, a good proportion of those others present suffered in silence - unwilling to join in the lynch mob but unable to back what they're asked to believe is a credible football team. That feelgood factor from last week's cup win has rapidly been misplaced somewhere between South London and Staffordshire.

A first half header from Peter Crouch decided the contest and although United wore new shirts, their old failings saw them beaten here against a mediocre Potters side for the third successive season.

The result mirrored our reverse here in April and again it was a cross from the left in front of the away fans that did the damage - although the ball was headed past Tim Krul tonight, rather than drifting over his head.

Stoke had chances to increase their lead and they could have been presented with one from the spot had referee Craig Pawson punished Yoan Gouffran for a reckless challenge on Victor Moses.

Moussa Sissoko went close seconds later as his drive just cleared the angle and Daryl Janmaat almost equalised a minute before the break but his effort from distance was tipped wide of the post by Asmir Begovic.

City almost doubled their advantage two minutes after the break but substitute Marko Arnautovic's drive thumped against the post and was cleared.

Papiss Cisse had replaced the Emmanuel Riviere at the break but deployed in a solo role, neither striker ever looked like emulating their previous games which had seen them both notch twice. Having scored twice at Palace, the substitution will have done little to boost the former Monaco striker who again lacked support and service and certainly wasn't to blame for the half time score.

Krul saved well from Moses but despite Gabriel Obertan replacing the atrocious Gouffran and Sammy Ameobi coming on for the floundering Remy Cabella, United were still showing no signs of getting back on terms.

But with just over five minutes remaining Jack Colback had a glorious chance to grab a point for Pardew but after the ball fell kindly to him, the midfielder somehow managed to hit the bar from inside the six yard box. Obertan found some good positions down the right as the final whistle approached, but his crosses were unable to pick out the few green and blue shirts in the area.

The end of the game was greeted with further boos and chants calling for the manager's dismissal and while Ashley turned away with what appeared to be more than disappointment, Pardew's pitchside walk past the away fans was a distinctly uncomfortable one.

Running the gauntlet of abuse, choosing to applaud the travelling contingent was both ill-timed and ill-judged - soon adding insult to injury with post-match interviews consisting of the same old empty rhetoric, reinforcing the suspicion that he's merely going through the motions.  

Few among the fanbase believe his patter anymore and it increasingly seems like that's the case in his dressing room - comments from Mike Williamson about Pardew retaining "100% support" having a hollow ring to them and reminiscent of Chris Hughton's last days at SJP. Fabricio Coloccini's quotes meanwhile should be taken in the context of him being among viable candidates to succeed Pardew. 

Along with the Villa, Palace and Hull games, tonight represents one more wasted opportunity to earn three precious points. And given a fixture programme between now and the next transfer window that appears rather more challenging than our opening six games, if you can't win games like these then just where are points going to come from?

If Pardew insists on the clearly ineffective 4-2-3-1 formation then he deserves to be jettisoned. It clearly doesn't suit the personnel available to him and creating clear-cut chances is something we are manifestly incapable of doing, placing additional strain on a failing defence to be bullet proof. 

Employing the old "W" formation from the 50s or trying a 2-0-8 formation as a final hurrah at Swansea as a has got to be preferable to what is being served up at the moment. 

The levels of support, encouragement or abuse are immaterial - the old adage about the crowd being the 12th man assumes that there are 11 on the field already. That's patenlty not the case.  

This is an average team being organised badly and playing terribly. Something has to give.

Biffa/Niall


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