A fortuitous goal following a rare foray into the opposition box
30th December 2011 - Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - Anfield, Liverpool - 7.45pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, R Taylor (Santon 46), Williamson, Coloccini, Obertan (Sammy Ameobi 84), Tiote, Cabaye, Vuckic (Ben Arfa 65), Ba, Gutierrez - Subs not used: Elliot, Perch, Ameobi, Best.
Scorers: Agger (og 25) - Attendance: 44,372
Alan Pardew: "We are not quite where we want to be. We still have to beat a big team rather than just matching them for parts of games. We have shown we can be a force. We’re disappointed. We got ourselves in a good position in the game. At 1-1 in the second half, we were starting to impose ourselves more on the game. I wanted somebody to take somebody on and be more constructive, like Yohan was when we nearly got the equaliser. Two incidents, the free-kick and clearance off the line determined the result. The free-kick was a turning point. It shouldn’t have been given in the first place. We made an error in terms of Danny and Tim getting in each other’s way. I think Tim would have saved it quite comfortably. It’s a tactic we use to defend that post if we think they’re going to bend it over. We’ll perhaps have to review that. We might have got something out of the game had we been a little more positive but overall we can't complain."
Hatem Ben Arfa is congratulated after opening the scoring
26th December 2011 - Bolton Wanderers 0 Newcastle United 2
Premier League - Reebok Stadium, Bolton - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, R Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson, Obertan (Ameobi 85), Tiote, Cabaye (Perch 88), Gutierrez, Ba, Best (Ben Arfa 61) - Subs not used: Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Vuckic, Ferguson.
Scorers: Ben Arfa (69), Ba (71) - Attendance: 26,080
Alan Pardew: "We are delighted because we put ourselves under pressure with the West Brom result. We gave a more disciplined performance. We looked a lot more like our old selves. I was pleased for Ben Arfa. He's been out for a long time with injury. It was great that he got the goal."
Hatem Ben Arfa: "To be on the pitch and score feels great. I’m really happy. I feel sharp and I feel good. The fans are behind me and supporting me. It was important to win today. The next game is going to be hard. The atmosphere at Anfield is special but the most important thing will be the three points."
"Haris was terrific. He showed he's going to be a player for us."
21st December 2011 - Newcastle United 2 West Bromwich Albion 3
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Santon (R Taylor 46), Coloccini, Perch, Tiote, Vuckic, Obertan (Ameobi 72), Ba, Best (Ben Arfa 61), Gutierrez - Subs not used: Elliot, Williamson, Sammy Ameobi, Abeid.
Scorer: Ba (34, 81) - Attendance: 51,060
Alan Pardew: "We were so desperate to win I thought we lacked a bit of control. It's upsetting to lose at home. Our discipline wasn't where it was normally. That worried me a bit. Tonight we were good in patches but patches aren't good enough. We need to get back to what we were doing at the start of the season. We need to get that win. Otherwise we are going to put ourselves under pressure. First half I didn't think we played anywhere near to our ability. Second half we did. We came back from a goal down, looking like we were going to get back into it and got the second goal. It set us up for a grand stand finish but we were a little bit too desperate. That was evident, to get done on the counter attack looking for the win, unless you're disciplined and controlled you can't win Premier League games . At points we weren't, though you couldn't fault the commitment to get back into it."
On Haris Vuckic: "Haris was terrific. He had two terrific efforts and I think he showed everybody here that he's going to be a player for us for sure."
On Demba Ba: "He's been brilliant this year and probably the pick of our bunch tonight. His all round play was terrific."
Gabriel Obertan lets fly versus Swansea City
17th December 2011 - Newcastle United 0 Swansea City 0
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Santon, Perch, Coloccini, Obertan (Sammy Ameobi 82), Cabaye, Tiote (Vuckic 82), Best (Ameobi 71), Ba, Gutierrez - Subs not used: Harper, Williamson, Ben Arfa, Abeid.
Attendance: 51,767
Alan Pardew: "First half, we stopped them playing, put them under pressure and forced errors. We got in behind, created chances and put balls in the box. They defended very well and the goalie looked strong. A little break and I think we would have won this game and got Swansea to come out a little bit. We hit a post. Demba had a brilliant swivel which could have gone in. I’m actually not that disappointed, we played well. Santon did well at left back, I thought he linked well with Jonas. Cheick being back in the side was a massive boost. We certainly looked a strong team. We bossed them without getting a result. I could be sitting here telling a very different story on another afternoon. Swansea have eight clean sheets in the Premier League, they drop deep and defend deep. They held on. We did everything but score. We just couldn’t get the goal we needed. When you get a 0-0 there can be frustration. The crowd was very positive. I thank them for that."
Demba Ba slots home the first of his double at Norwich City
10th December 2011 - Norwich City 4 Newcastle United 2
Premier League - Carrow Road, Norwich - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Santon (Ferguson 90), Simpson, Perch, R Taylor, Obertan (Sammy Ameobi 80), Cabaye, Gosling, Gutierrez, Ba, Ameobi (Smith 90) - Subs not used: Elliot, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Best.
Scorer: Ba (45, 71) - Attendance: 26,816
Alan Pardew: "Our squad has been stretched to the limit. Any team would struggle with the injuries we've got in central defence. We don't need any more blows, particularly injury wise. I think there was extra emphasis on them to go and attack knowing we did not have our three first choice centre backs. You can’t concede three set plays in the Premier League. That is what we have done today. We accepted we weren't going to keep a clean sheet and that we had to score goals. We created chances and we looked like we were going to score. We have to keep our spirit about us. We want to stay in the top seven or eight if we can. We did very well other than the set plays."
On the Dan Gosling red card: "I don’t think he has gone to hurt the player but he was late for sure. He put himself in the ball park for being sent off. Unfortunately he was. We were right in the game then so that was disappointing."
9th December 2011 - FA Cup Date Confirmed
Our third round FA Cup tie at home to Blackburn Rovers has been confirmed as a 3.00pm kick-off on Saturday 7th January 2012. The game has not been selected for live television broadcast. Should the tie go to a replay it will take place at Ewood Park, Blackburn on Wednesday 18th January 2012 with an 8.00pm kick-off.
4th December 2011 - FA Cup Draw
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup was made today. We will face Blackburn Rovers at home on the weekend of 7th / 8th January 2012.
4th December 2011 - Club Statement
Steven Taylor sustained an achilles injury yesterday at the end of our game with Chelsea. After medical assessment he will be having surgery tomorrow and it is likely he will be out for the rest of the season.
Tim Krul saves a penalty from Frank Lampard
3rd December 2011 - Newcastle United 0 Chelsea 3
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, R Taylor, S Taylor, Coloccini (Perch 27), Lovenkrands (Sammy Ameobi 71), Guthrie, Cabaye, Obertan, Ben Arfa (Ameobi 46), Ba - Subs not used: Harper, Santon, Gosling, Best.
Attendance: 52,305
Alan Pardew: "I have no problem with the referee, he made a mistake. The problem I have is with the linesman, he didn't flag, he didn't do anything, so Mike Dean is making that decision from 40 yards away. It would have altered the game. Chelsea would have struggled with the crowd and the atmosphere we had today, Chelsea played their game, we played ours and it was pretty tight. We didn’t have the impact I would have liked but we wouldn’t lie down. We changed it at half-time, put a bit more pressure on their back four and we almost got something. I had people charging around trying to get back a situation when we would have been in control of the game. Not only do I lose the game, but I have lost two players through injury. I'm still angry. I have to applaud my players, they were terrific in their attitude."
On Tim Krul: "Tim was absolutely brilliant. He was our best player. He must be as disappointed as I am. To have three goals against him must be really galling. Part of him will be hurting, part of him should be very proud."
On the referee: "I have got no problem with the referee, he made a mistake. He has seen it again and said to me: 'I made a mistake, he should have been sent off.' At half-time yesterday, his opinion was different but his opinion would have been altered if his assistant had done his job. When I saw the referee at half-time I said: 'Why did you not send him off?' He said: 'He didn't have control of the ball.' How can you have control of the ball when the guy is knocking you over? There is no way the goalie is getting to the ball. The linesman can see that, he didn't flag, he didn't do anything, so Mike Dean is making that decision from 40 yards away."
2nd December 2011 - Live Televison Changes
Our home Premier League meeting with Aston Villa, originally scheduled for Saturday 4th February, has been moved to Sunday 5th February with a 1.30pm kick-off. The game is to be shown live on Sky television.
The kick-off time for our away league meeting with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 11th February will now be 5.30pm. ESPN have chosen this fixture for live television coverage.