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Tiote: Newcastle have not been good enough

18 May 2013 13:01

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has declared that his team-mates must "look in the mirror" at the conclusion of a disappointing campaign.

Alan Pardew's team secured their top-flight status with just one game to spare as they defeated already-relegated QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road last weekend.

But Tiote has admitted that performances have not match expectations following last season's fifth-placed Premier League finish.

"As a player, you want the club to go forward," he told The Shields Gazette. "I think it's important to think about yourself when you finish the season. You have to think why it didn't go so well. That's normal.

"This season was really difficult for me because of injuries, form and suspensions. It wasn't a top, top season for me, but that's football. I try to do my best all the time. I look in the mirror.

"When you're on the pitch, you want to fight, and for everyone to do their jobs. You want to help your partner as well. As a team, we didn't play well sometimes. I think next season is going to be different.

"I'm the same as everyone – when I'm on the pitch I want to do my best and do my job."

The Ivory Coast international also underlined his desire to sign off the season with a home win over Arsenal on Sunday.

"It's very good for everyone – for the players, for the fans and for the chairman," he added.

"Everyone was stressed before the game against QPR. Everyone is calm now. We have one last game, and it's important for the fans.

"We lost the last two games at home. I think for them it's important we get a good result against Arsenal. It would be nice to score another goal, but the most important thing is that we get a good result."

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Cabaye positive of Newcastle improvement

15 May 2013 14:01

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has backed his side to surge up the Premier League table next season.

After finishing fifth last term, Alan Pardew's men have battled in the current campaign and only secured their survival on the penultimate weekend of the season with a 2-1 win at already-relegated QPR on Sunday.

It has been a tough season for Newcastle, but they can still finish in the top-half of the Premier League table if results go their way this weekend.

Cabaye said his team have not celebrated survival though and they are determined to improve when given the chance next campaign.

"We are satisfied we are safe, but we are not proud of what has happened (this season)," Cabaye told The Journal.

"We didn't want to have everything hanging on the last game. If that had happened, it would have been very nervous for everybody. Now the job is done, although there is not really any celebrations going on."

"We have to prepare well for next season because we cannot have another season like this one.

"We know we are capable of much better. We have a good team. I am sure everyone feels the same, but we have to learn from this season to make sure next season is better."

Newcastle splashed the cash in January in a bid to reverse their flagging fortunes, signing five French players.

None of the signings have consistently impressed, but Cabaye believes the club's French Legion will get better next season, as will the rest of the team.

"The new French players will have more time to prepare in the pre-season and that is important," he said.

"That will help all of us because next season, they will have had more experience in the Premier League. It's very difficult to adapt quickly, especially if you're moving in January.

"It was a new league for those players, and a new type of football. We will have more time to prepare now.

"Hopefully, we will have a good pre-season, a tough pre-season that will make sure we are fit for next year. I think we have good quality in the team, and we can certainly be much higher in the league table."

Also at Newcastle, utility man Ryan Taylor will leave for the United States on Wednesday as he undergoes a serious operation with a renowned knee specialist.

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Newcastle´s determination and resilience delights Pardew

12 May 2013 20:55

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was delighted with his side's victory at QPR on Sunday and hailed the effort shown by his players.

Pardew watched as his side came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Loftus Road, and although there were some decisions he disagreed with, he was pleased his side were able to overcome them to secure their Premier League status.

"I'm very pleased, it is a very important game for this football club," he said. "(In the) first ten minutes we were almost playing with a noose around our neck, we were so tense, it took a decision by the referee (to get us going).

"Their penalty looked dubious and ours looked dubious. But once that went in I thought we settled down on a difficult pitch and played quite well.

"We showed a real determination today, and resilience to get the job done."

The win moves Newcastle six points clear of the relegation zone, and with Aston Villa playing Wigan on the final day they know they will be playing in the top flight next season.

Pardew was particularly pleased for the club's fans and players after they turned their form around following defeat to Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby.

"I'm absolutely delighted for our fans and players," he continued. "We've had accusations that have been absolutely ridiculous (about splits in the dressing room), you don't get a draw and West Brom, a draw at West Ham and a win here if you've got rifts going on."

The afternoon ended on a sour note for the visitors as goalkeeper Rob Elliot received a second yellow card after taking the ball out of his penalty area, a decision Pardew felt was incorrect.

"The linesman made that call," he added. "You cannot see it from that

angle, it's impossible, but we can't appeal because it is two yellows."

The 51-year-old has had to deal with injuries to key players, fixture congestion with the UEFA Europa League and high expectation levels after finishing fifth last season and cited a lack of quality within the club as reason for their struggles this season.

"It's an unforgiving league," he said. "The overriding emotion is that we did not

have enough quality in depth.

"If I could put my first eleven out every

week I think I'd have a top-eight team, but I've put it out three times."

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Redknapp: We have not got the quality

12 May 2013 20:10

After defeat to Newcastle on Sunday, Harry Redknapp admitted there is hard work to be done to improve the quality of the squad at QPR.

The already-relegated side began their final home game of the season well and took the lead in the 11th minute, but defensive errors cost them dearly as they gifted Newcastle a 2-1 win.

When Junior Hoilett was fouled by Mathieu Debuchy on the edge of the penalty area, Loic Remy stepped-up to put them ahead from the spot.

However, a penalty from Hatem Ben Arfa and a Yoan Gouffran strike sealed the three points for the visitors.

The QPR manager was unhappy with the way his team fell apart and acknowledged there is a lot of work to do if they are to compete at the top end of the Championship next season.

"We started well and looked bright," Redknapp said. "But once we gave it (the lead) away we seemed to lose everything.

“The team we had out there today would not finish in the top half of the Championship.

“Something

has got to be done. That’s a fact. We haven't got the quality. We’re

short of good players who can really play at the top level.

“You might say they have the quality as they’ve played at other clubs, but it doesn’t work that way.

“We’ll try to do something but it will be difficult to shift players. It will be very hard.”

Jose Bosingwa came in for abuse from the home crowd for his first-half performance as he gave the penalty away and then under-hit a back pass to Rob Green that caused the goalkeeper's clearance to go straight at Gouffran, who volleyed the ball into an empty net.

Bosingwa was substituted at half-time and Redknapp admitted the change was to protect the player and lift spirits around the ground.

“We needed a lift at half-time so I decided to make the changes,” he added.

"You can’t play when there’s that sort of negativity around the place, it wasn’t going to help, so I decided to change it."

“He (Bosingwa) cost us a couple of goals and I decided to bring on Shaun Derry, who’ll always give you an honest performance, and Fabio (Da Silva).

“I’m not blaming him entirely. I just felt there was not a good feeling and, trying to get back into the game, we needed the crowd behind us and they were obviously unhappy with him."

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Premier League: QPR 1 Newcastle 2

12 May 2013 18:00

Newcastle secured Premier League safety after Yoan Gouffran was gifted the winning goal in their 2-1 victory over QPR on Sunday.

The home side took the lead early

in the game as referee Lee Probert awarded them a controversial

penalty for a foul on Junior Hoilett.


Loic Remy

made no mistake from the spot, but seven

minutes later the visitors were level as Hatem Ben Arfa converted a penalty

after Jose Bosingwa was penalised for holding his shirt.

The deciding moment of the game came 10 minutes before

half-time when Bosingwa and Robert Green conspired to gift Gouffran the easiest goal

of his career, the Frenchman able to volley

into an empty net from 20 yards.

Both sides made two changes from their previous games, the

visitors brought in Mathieu Debuchy and Mike

Williamson in place of Danny Simpson and Steven Taylor, with the latter suffering

with illness on the morning before the game.

Bosingwa and Junior Hoilett

returned for the hosts with Ji-Sung Park and Tel Ben Haim dropping out, the

Israeli having sealed a loan move to Toronto earlier in the week.

Probert was the centre of attention in the game’s opening 20

minutes as he awarded both teams controversial penalties.

The home side were

the first recipients of a spot kick as Debuchy was adjudged to have fouled Andros

Townsend on the left-hand edge of the penalty area. Replays

showed that the decision looked to be a generous one as the challenge happened

just outside the box. With protests going on around him, Remy remained the

coolest man inside Loftus Road, and was eventually

able to fire home his sixth league goal of the season.

The visitors rallied well from the disappointment and

moments before their equaliser they created an excellent chance for Cabaye, but the

Frenchman saw his shot blocked by Bosingwa.

However, a moment of madness from

the full-back saw him tug at the shirt of Ben Arfa inside the area and another

spot kick was awarded. The forward took the penalty himself and fired into the

top corner giving Green no chance.

Newcastle could have gone ahead five minutes after

equalising but an excellent header from Papiss Cisse was controversially ruled

out for offside, and after Rob Elliot made a good save from Hoilett to keep the

scores level, QPR gifted a second goal to their visitors.

Green rolled the ball

to Bosingwa, he played a short pass back to him which Jonas Gutierrez

forced the goalkeeper to clear quickly. The loose ball fell to Gouffran and he volleyed the ball into the empty net.

A double change by Harry Redknapp at half-time saw Bosingwa,

who was being roundly booed by the home fans, and Stephane Mbia replaced by

Fabio Da Silva and Shaun Derry, but neither man was able to have an immediate

impact on the game as the second half struggled to gather momentum.

It was the pace of Hoilett that slowly began to have an

effect for the hosts but crucial interceptions from Debuchy and Fabricio

Coloccini denied two opportunities for Bobby Zamora that the

winger had created.

After seeing his team-mate miss two openings, the

22-year-old then took it upon himself to threaten QPR’s goal. He received the ball

on the edge of the penalty area, danced his way past a number of Newcastle

tackles but dragged his shot just wide of Green’s right-hand post.

Newcastle came close to securing the win with 20 minutes to

play but a crucial goal-line clearance from Derry denied Gutierrez his second

goal of the season as he hooked his header clear after some more comical

defending by QPR.

The visitors survived going down to 10-men in the closing

minutes as Elliot made a terrible mistake that earned him a second yellow-card. The goalkeeper carried a harmless ball forward from the hosts out of his

penalty area and was given his marching orders.

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Cabaye focused on survival

10 May 2013 14:39

Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has rubbished speculation linking him with a move away from St James' Park.

Cabaye has been rumoured to be interesting several sides including Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, after enduring a difficult second season with the club in the Premier League.

But the France international insists he is happy where he is, and his primary focus is Newcastle's battle against relegation.

"I have three years' contract left and now my mind is just to save the club," Cabaye told The Newcastle Chronicle.

"We have two cup finals then it will be the holidays. But I am at Newcastle. I don't want to think about the future with two games left. I am very, very happy to play for this club and these fans."

A point against already-relegated QPR on Sunday could be enough to ensure survival, if FA Cup finalists Wigan Athletic lose to Arsenal on Tuesday.

But Cabaye says Newcastle have to show improvements after a desperately disappointing league campaign.

"We all made some mistakes at the start of the season - that's why we are fighting against relegation," he added.

"But if we learn from our mistakes, no problem. We are only human and we all make mistakes, but now is time to learn and prepare.

"We need to finish strongly and then prepare well for next season. We have to be ready to fight and play and be ready again in the Premier League, like we were last season."

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Premier League Preview: QPR v Newcastle

10 May 2013 12:42

Newcastle United visit bottom-placed QPR on Sunday knowing a victory will all but secure their place in the Premier League next season.

Alan Pardew's side have been dreadful in recent weeks and a run of form that has seen them win just one of their last nine matches in all competitions has seen them slip to 17th in the table.

They could have actually started Sunday in the relegation zone had Wigan held on to their lead against Swansea City on Tuesday, but second-half goals from Angel Rangel, Itay Shechter and Dwight Tiendalli saw the Welsh side escape with a 3-2 win.

That means Newcastle enter this match with a three-point gap on Wigan and they may fancy their chances against a QPR side who have already been relegated and are preparing for life in the Championship next season.

To win they will have to score though, something they have struggled to do recently, netting just one goal in their last four matches.

QPR have not won a match in over two months, with a string of defeats condemning Harry Redknapp's side to second-tier football next season.

They have not scored in four matches and are limping to the finish line this season, with their motivation levels sure to be different to a fired-up Newcastle.

Newcastle have won just once on the road in the league during the current campaign, and that result came all the way back in January when Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye netted in a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

Pardew will be sweating on the fitness of midfielders Moussa Sissoko (ankle) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin) while fitness doubts over defender Davide Santon (hamstring) persist.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul (shoulder) and utility Ryan Taylor (knee) will not play again for Newcastle this season.

QPR's injury list is lengthy, with goalkeeper Julio Cesar (back), DJ Campbell (foot) and Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle) headlining their absentees.

The earlier meeting between the two sides this season saw Shola Ameobi's late strike give Newcastle a 1-0 win, and they have a good record against QPR, who have not beaten Sunday's opponents in their last seven meetings, dating back to 1995.

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Pardew: We must beat QPR

7 May 2013 16:21

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes his side's trip to QPR on Saturday is a must-win as they bid to avoid relegation.

The St. James' Park outfit could be in the Premier League's bottom three by the time the weekend comes around, if Wigan beat Swansea City on Tuesday.

Pardew's side have been in horrendous form recently, winning just one of their last nine matches in all competitions.

Included in that run have been heavy defeats to Liverpool, Manchester City, Sunderland and Benfica – all matches in which they have conceded three goals or more – and things are beginning to look ominous.

A trip to already relegated QPR offers Newcastle a chance for salvation and with a fixture against Arsenal on the final day, Pardew is under no illusions as to the importance of the Loftus Road trip.

"We haven't got a lot of time left, and Wigan's result (they beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 on Saturday) has put pressure on us all," Pardew said.

"Not just us - all the teams above us. It looks like at QPR we're going to have to try to win the game and see where that leaves us. We wanted to try to get two wins."

Newcastle have won just one away match in the Premier League this season, and that came more than three months ago at Aston Villa.

Pardew will be hopeful that striker Shola Ameobi and midfielder Moussa Sissoko are fit for the trip to QPR, and although Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa is playing again, the manager revealed he is far from 100 percent fit.

Ben Arfa – a key member of Newcastle's team with his dead-ball ability, in addition to his surging runs and goals – is playing through the pain barrier according to Pardew.

"Ben Arfa has been struggling," he said. "This hamstring has a slight weakness in there and it won't even be strong I don't think for six, seven weeks."

"We got a great level of fitness out of him in terms of that particular problem. He was terrific at West Ham, and he's a match winner.

"We've been bringing him on in the second half but started him at the weekend and we missed him when we took him off. We missed that little thrust.

"I think for Hatem another week's work will get him closer. Goalscoring is what wins games, we've got to improve that area for next week, including with Hatem."

Newcastle have scored just two goals in their last six Premier League matches.

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Tiote demands victory against QPR

5 May 2013 17:41

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has labelled his side's clash against QPR next weekend as a must-win.

The Tyneside club picked up a point at West Ham on Saturday, but remain deep in the relegation scrap, just three points ahead of 18th-placed Wigan, who have a game in hand.

Alan Pardew's side also faced several reports of dressing room unrest prior to the game after their 6-0 home drubbing at the hands of Liverpool, but the Ivorian believes the display at Upton park proved the togetherness in the club's dressing room.

"We need to win," he said. "Before the (West Ham) game we knew we had to win or take one point, but we could not lose. We have one point and that's important.

"Everyone was together and we played as a team. We were more compact and that's important. On Sunday we've got to do the same and hopefully we can take the three points."

Fabrico Coloccini returned to the XI for the West Ham game, playing in his first game since February 24, and Tiote believes the Argentine's presence was vital as Newcastle secured their first clean sheet in five outings.

"I think it helped us because we know Coloccini's a good player with a lot of experience," he added.

"He played well today and I'm happy to see him back because we're going to need him for the next two games. I think we deserved more than the one point because, when you see the game, I felt we wanted it more than West Ham.

"We missed some chances and we didn't score the goal we needed but we need to take the positives and think about the next game."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25