ARCHIVE NEWS - APRIL 2011
30th April 2011 - Heading To Leeds
The Leeds United match day programme against Burnley today announced that Newcastle will provide the opposition for a pre-season friendly at Elland Road over the weekend of 30th and 31st July 2011.
29th April 2011 - Stephen Ireland To Miss Remaining Fixtures
On loan midfielder Stephen Ireland will miss the rest of the season as a result of an ankle injury picked up during his recent substitute appearance against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
Stephen arrived at St. James' Park on loan from Aston Villa in January but saw his debut delayed due to knee and thigh problems. The midfielder eventually made his first appearance for the club in the recent home fixture against Manchester United coming off the bench to replace Peter Lovenkrands.
Unfortunately Stephen has only managed a total of 49 minutes playing time in two substitute appearances for the club to date.
Peter Lovenkrands fires home the opening goal at Blackpool
23rd April 2011 - Blackpool 1 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - Bloomfield Road, Blackpool - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Enrique, Williamson, Coloccini, Barton, Nolan (Perch 86), Tiote, Gutierrez, Ameobi (Kuqi 89), Lovenkrands (Ireland 62) - Subs not used: Soderberg, R Taylor, S Taylor, Ranger.
Scorer: Lovenkrands (17) - Attendance: 16,003
Alan Pardew: "It was a fair result. We got the goal, got ourselves in a great position, then we were sloppy. We were tired after the Manchester United effort, mentally and physically. For twenty first half minutes we were hanging on. Blackpool were all over us. Resilience and character kept us in it."
"Second half we were a lot better and it was more even. We took some of the intensity out of their play. Stephen Ireland came on and he kept the ball well for us at times. Blackpool deserved their point. If it was a boxing match you'd have to give it to Blackpool. They were very good today."
"We’re safe now. It’s done when you look at the other results. We’ve got four games, two away and two at home. Our motivation must be a top ten finish. Now we go to Liverpool with the same energy. I’m looking forward to that one."
On Blackpool: "They gave us a really good test. Their intensity was higher. If they can take it into their last four games they will give anybody a game. There is a big part of me that wants them to stay up for their integrity and the honesty of their work."
Cheik Tiote back in midfield action versus Manchester United
19th April 2011 - Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 0
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Barton, Guthrie, Tiote, Ameobi (Ranger 72), Lovenkrands (Ireland 69), Gutierrez - Subs not used: Soderberg, Perch, R Taylor, S Taylor, Kuqi.
Attendance: 49,025
Alan Pardew: "I think with the commitment we showed tonight, the points total and the goal average we've got, we're pretty much safe. I think we deserved something from the game. We're happy with the draw. The players have put in an effort you can only applaud. It was a fantastic effort in terms of commitment, attitude and workrate, summed up by Peter Lovenkrands who I thought was outstanding. Not only did he do his work, and became an extra midfield player for us, he carried a threat the other way."
"It was a story of two penalties, one definitely for us and one that wasn't for them. Danny sticks a leg out but he didn't touch the guy and he definitely dived looking for it. With their last minute goal history it could have been easy to give it. I praise the referee because I think he was very brave there. Peter Lovenkrands' was an absolute cert penalty, I can't believe he didn't give it."
"Getting to 40 points looks good but with five games remaining we still have to push on and try to finish in the top ten. We can be very proud of that result but we go to Blackpool on Saturday with a big chance to break into the top eight and we have to try to do that."
On the early Tim Krul save: "We might not have had that great period after the save had it not been for it. It was crucial. You do not want to go behind to a team which can keep the ball like them. Tim was brilliant. Saturday’s decision? It is a big problem. It was exactly what Tim needed to do."
On the fans: "The stadium kept us alive. It kept our energy levels up. I was pleased the crowd responded like that. The response at the end was great because they appreciated we did our very best tonight."
One too many as Jose Enrique is crowded out
10th April 2011 - Aston Villa 1 Newcastle United 0
Premier League - Villa Park, Birmingham - 4.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor (R Taylor 63), Williamson, Enrique, Barton, Guthrie, Coloccini, Gutierrez, Ranger (Kuqi 83), Lovenkrands - Subs not used: Krul, Ferguson, Donaldson, Tavernier, Richardson.
Attendance: 37,090
Alan Pardew: "Our best period of the game was the first 20 minutes when we should have taken the lead but the goal changed it. We had a couple of great chances to get a draw. They got nervous towards the end. We just didn't put enough pressure on them."
"It was a gallant effort. We gave a committed performance but we could have been better with the ball. We were organised and strong but I was disappointed that we didn't threaten their goal enough. We could have nicked something at the end. The suspensions and losing Shola this morning affected us to a degree."
"We missed the core of our team today. We don’t want to be in this situation next year. I’ve got three kids on the bench. You want more senior options. They’re bringing on Pires and Reo Coker and people like that. Our squad is light at the moment."
On the lead up to the goal: "Young is the most fouled player in the division. You touch him and he goes over. It was something we talked about. Joey hardly touched him and down he went again."
On the Shola Ameobi injury: "We've got to hope it isn't serious. There is a little swelling on the knee. We will have to review that over the next week and hopefully he will be okay for Manchester United."
"I couldn’t believe we were going to be a Championship side."
10th April 2011 - Truly United
Steven Taylor insists the bitter experience of relegation two years ago was the best thing that could have happened to Newcastle United. A blessing in disguise because it made Newcastle truly united and gelled the players who were set on getting the club back into the Premier League.
Steven Taylor: "Going down was 100 per cent a career low point for me. It was one of the worst days in Newcastle’s history. Those last four minutes of the game, I remember looking over at the clock in the corner of the stand and I couldn’t believe we were going to be a Championship side. For anyone who was part of the club I’d say it was probably the same. You see the fans in tears. It was a horrible feeling. Our fans were behind us from the start. Even in the warm up we could hear the fans. It was a tense day for them. It was the most emotional I’ve ever been."
As Newcastle head back to Villa Park this afternoon for the first time since that day Steven has revealed the resentment that the Newcastle players felt at the way Villa fans taunted them.
Steven Taylor: "On the morning of the game I had a walk around the hotel grounds and Villa supporters were singing, ‘You’re going down’. That wasn’t a particularly nice touch. Villa that day? They were creating a lot of chances, chasing us down the wings. You’d have thought they were the ones fighting relegation! I think we had one shot on target all day. "
There were a few things said in the dressing room afterwards. A few questions asked about whether certain people really wanted to play for Newcastle. A few like Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins and Damien Duff left. In all probability the recovery started there as former boss Chris Hughton went on to ensure that the club achieved promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Steven Taylor: "You look at the lads who stuck with it. Look where it has got us now. Relegation was the best thing to happen to the club. The team spirit was there under Chris Hughton in the Championship as it is now under Alan Pardew. We won’t let it happen again."
6th April 2011 - Florida Bound
A third game in the United States has now been confirmed as part of our 2011/12 pre-season build up. In addition to facing Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew we will also line up against Orlando City in Florida on Saturday 23rd July 2011.
6th April 2011 - Leon Out For The Season
Leon Best will miss the rest of the season as a result of his injured ankle. The striker will travel to London for an operation later this week. Leon has scored six goals in ten league appearances this campaign.
"It is great to be back in Newcastle with the lads."
5th April 2011 - Welcome Back Hatem
Hatem Ben Arfa is back with the club following a six month lay off recovering from a broken leg. On his return to training this morning Hatem joined in the warm up with the rest of the squad before club medical staff supervised an individual session which saw our French international work his way through a series of running and ball work exercises.
Hatem Ben Arfa: "It is great to be back in Newcastle with the lads. It was good to see the rest of the players after such a long time. I am pleased with how my recovery has gone. I would like to thank the fans for their support while I have been out injured and look forward to pulling on a black and white shirt again and getting back onto the St. James' Park pitch. I want to do a lot for this club."
4th April 2011 - Columbus Friendly Added
A second game in the United States has been confirmed for next pre-season. In addition to facing Sporting Kansas City on 20th July the club will also line up against Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium on 26th July 2011.
Columbus Crew President Mark McCullers: "We are pleased to bring top flight international soccer to Columbus and to provide the best competitive challenge for our team. The English Premier League is arguably the best in the world and Newcastle United is one of its most storied clubs."
Peter Lovenkrands slots home the third following a great move
2nd April 2011 - Newcastle United 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Ferguson (Perch 59), Barton (S Taylor 89), Guthrie, Nolan, Gutierrez, Ameobi, Lovenkrands (Ranger 68) - Subs not used: Krul, Campbell, Tavernier, Kuqi.
Scorers: Nolan (22), Ameobi (45), Lovenkrands (50), Gutierrez (93) - Attendance: 49,939
Alan Pardew: "We know football is like a religion here. There was a lot of pressure on us today. Everywhere we went we were reminded of how important this fixture was. The performance at Stoke started a few alarm bells ringing. Victory has put paid to that but we’ve got to make sure we see it home. It was a great win with some fantastic performances. The players were on form. We're going to be very difficult to beat when we’re like that."
On Joey Barton: "Joey was outstanding. He played like a captain today."
On Shane Ferguson: "He was brilliant. I really enjoyed his performance."
On Shola Ameobi: "Magnificent all day. Dominated the two centred halves."

Kevin Nolan: "What we've done today has been fantastic. Every lad worked their socks off and I thought we were well worthy of the win. It was a great team performance and we can go home happy. It's all about Aston Villa now and making sure we get it right against them next weekend."