Pards enjoys return, but not result

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew enjoyed his return to St Mary’s – up until the point that the game started.

Pardew was back at the ground on Sunday for the first time since he was sacked as Saints boss in August 2010.

It wasn’t quite the return he would have hoped for, however, with his Magpies side soundly beaten by Nigel Adkins’ team.

Pardew did receive a warm ovation from the home fans before kick-off, and Rickie Lambert made a point of going over and shaking his former manager’s hand at one point during the match.

The 51-year-old admitted it had been a pleasant experience coming back to the club, although that all changed once the clock struck 3pm.

“It was all good up until when it kicked off,” he said, smiling.

“It was nice to see some old friends and nice for the fans to give us a nice ovation but obviously it stopped when they got amongst us.

“They did a good job today and we were unlucky as they had a great result at QPR and their tails were up. Their confidence was there and that made it even more difficult for us.”

Newcastle were no match for Saints, who dominated the vast majority of the game.

Pardew conceded that his team were second best by some distance, although he was left to rue Vurnon Anita’s failure to beat Paulo Gazzaniga when sent clean through in the second half with the visitors trailing by just one goal.

“It was tough for us,” said Pardew. “I thought the intensity of Southampton was hard for us to cope with.

“There’s no doubt we’re lacking a bit of confidence, and that showed in that first half.

“Second half we came out with a renewed vigour and spirit and should have really equalised.

“We had a great chance to square it up, although perhaps not deserved.

“But we’re struggling at the minute. We’re really up against it in terms of numbers, and it's difficult."

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10:50am Mon 26 Nov 12

Taunton Saint says...

As usual a fair response from AP, don't aways like the man he can be arrogant when not needed, but fair play yesterday his post match comments were spot on.

I wish him well and will alway welcome him back unless he becomes manager of that lot down the road!!
As usual a fair response from AP, don't aways like the man he can be arrogant when not needed, but fair play yesterday his post match comments were spot on. I wish him well and will alway welcome him back unless he becomes manager of that lot down the road!! Taunton Saint
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10:55am Mon 26 Nov 12

insane saint says...

sorry pards but we were this best team and we will soon over take you in the league.. best of luck son.
sorry pards but we were this best team and we will soon over take you in the league.. best of luck son. insane saint
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11:29am Mon 26 Nov 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

Daily Echo, I know you have a thing for Pards, but get over it, he's gone; I know it's tough but he's not interested in you, move on.

Now, Nigel Adkins, what was that you were saying about his job being under threat?
Daily Echo, I know you have a thing for Pards, but get over it, he's gone; I know it's tough but he's not interested in you, move on. Now, Nigel Adkins, what was that you were saying about his job being under threat? Strasbourg Saint
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12:01pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Jesus_02 says...

I thought that he dealt with the occasion quite well.

It was an important win for us, and to be honest we battered them from start to finish and can only point to our lack of finnishing for reason why the margin was not bigger.

He did well to give us an off-hand wave at the end and I wish him good luck in his 8 year contract.
I thought that he dealt with the occasion quite well. It was an important win for us, and to be honest we battered them from start to finish and can only point to our lack of finnishing for reason why the margin was not bigger. He did well to give us an off-hand wave at the end and I wish him good luck in his 8 year contract. Jesus_02
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2:25pm Mon 26 Nov 12

TEBOURBA says...

Great to see Aan back at SMS, it is a pity he had to field such a weakened side, almost his reserve team.
As always, he conducted himself well acknowledging the crowd and the fact that Saints played well.
A true gentleman in very respect,one guy in particular at SMS should take a leaf from his book.
Great to see Aan back at SMS, it is a pity he had to field such a weakened side, almost his reserve team. As always, he conducted himself well acknowledging the crowd and the fact that Saints played well. A true gentleman in very respect,one guy in particular at SMS should take a leaf from his book. TEBOURBA
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2:46pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Costa Baz says...

TEBOURBA wrote:
Great to see Aan back at SMS, it is a pity he had to field such a weakened side, almost his reserve team.
As always, he conducted himself well acknowledging the crowd and the fact that Saints played well.
A true gentleman in very respect,one guy in particular at SMS should take a leaf from his book.
It wasn't a pity Pardew had to field a weakened side.
It's a fact of football life.
We've not been able to field our best team, all season, until the last 2 or 3 games, and had to suffer the defeats that go with having a small, inexperienced squad.
Newcastle, being such a fantastically supported squad, should be able to field a reserve team that is good enough to give us a hard match, but they didn't.
We can only beat what is put in front of us, and we did it with great aplomb.

If you like respect, so much Tebourba, give some to the team that were head and shoulders above Newcastle, yesterday.
[quote][p][bold]TEBOURBA[/bold] wrote: Great to see Aan back at SMS, it is a pity he had to field such a weakened side, almost his reserve team. As always, he conducted himself well acknowledging the crowd and the fact that Saints played well. A true gentleman in very respect,one guy in particular at SMS should take a leaf from his book.[/p][/quote]It wasn't a pity Pardew had to field a weakened side. It's a fact of football life. We've not been able to field our best team, all season, until the last 2 or 3 games, and had to suffer the defeats that go with having a small, inexperienced squad. Newcastle, being such a fantastically supported squad, should be able to field a reserve team that is good enough to give us a hard match, but they didn't. We can only beat what is put in front of us, and we did it with great aplomb. If you like respect, so much Tebourba, give some to the team that were head and shoulders above Newcastle, yesterday. Costa Baz
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2:59pm Mon 26 Nov 12

up saints says...

thought we got rid of you tebourba after the qpr game go back home and shake your bucket your club needs you
thought we got rid of you tebourba after the qpr game go back home and shake your bucket your club needs you up saints
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7:14pm Mon 26 Nov 12

owen thesaints... says...

TEBOURBA wrote:
Great to see Aan back at SMS, it is a pity he had to field such a weakened side, almost his reserve team.
As always, he conducted himself well acknowledging the crowd and the fact that Saints played well.
A true gentleman in very respect,one guy in particular at SMS should take a leaf from his book.
Who are you referring to in that last sentence, if as I suspect its NA then you sir, are more of a plum than I originally thought!! Get real, or are you a fish fiddler?
[quote][p][bold]TEBOURBA[/bold] wrote: Great to see Aan back at SMS, it is a pity he had to field such a weakened side, almost his reserve team. As always, he conducted himself well acknowledging the crowd and the fact that Saints played well. A true gentleman in very respect,one guy in particular at SMS should take a leaf from his book.[/p][/quote]Who are you referring to in that last sentence, if as I suspect its NA then you sir, are more of a plum than I originally thought!! Get real, or are you a fish fiddler? owen thesaints...
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7:15pm Mon 26 Nov 12

TEBOURBA says...

I support the Saints but I am not a blind happy clapper, who can see nothing wrong in anything SFC do and if they win a game laud it as if they have won the PL, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League all in one season.
If I consider something is wrong, such as the behaviour of a man on £600k a year threatening the livelihoods of workers earning a fraction of that,by not paying the bill, then I will stand up and say so.
I am not interested in slating off PFC, Brighton or Bournemouth, I leave that to the cranial challenged of whom there are too many on here, to post their foul, four letter expletives.
If Saints supporters had done what the PFC supporters have done, in rescuing their Club, by putting their money where their mouths are, instead of sitting on their backsides and leaving it to the gnomes of Zurich to come in, it would have been something to shout about!
The truth often hurts.
I support the Saints but I am not a blind happy clapper, who can see nothing wrong in anything SFC do and if they win a game laud it as if they have won the PL, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League all in one season. If I consider something is wrong, such as the behaviour of a man on £600k a year threatening the livelihoods of workers earning a fraction of that,by not paying the bill, then I will stand up and say so. I am not interested in slating off PFC, Brighton or Bournemouth, I leave that to the cranial challenged of whom there are too many on here, to post their foul, four letter expletives. If Saints supporters had done what the PFC supporters have done, in rescuing their Club, by putting their money where their mouths are, instead of sitting on their backsides and leaving it to the gnomes of Zurich to come in, it would have been something to shout about! The truth often hurts. TEBOURBA
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8:58pm Mon 26 Nov 12

SteamEM says...

TEBOURBA= New breed of passionless football fan..

Inclined to believe your a flask carrying PFC fan come match day.....
Oh and....
PFC are far from rescued..

Unbelievable post..
TEBOURBA= New breed of passionless football fan.. Inclined to believe your a flask carrying PFC fan come match day..... Oh and.... PFC are far from rescued.. Unbelievable post.. SteamEM
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11:35pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Red n White says...

TEBOURBA wrote:
I support the Saints but I am not a blind happy clapper, who can see nothing wrong in anything SFC do and if they win a game laud it as if they have won the PL, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League all in one season.
If I consider something is wrong, such as the behaviour of a man on £600k a year threatening the livelihoods of workers earning a fraction of that,by not paying the bill, then I will stand up and say so.
I am not interested in slating off PFC, Brighton or Bournemouth, I leave that to the cranial challenged of whom there are too many on here, to post their foul, four letter expletives.
If Saints supporters had done what the PFC supporters have done, in rescuing their Club, by putting their money where their mouths are, instead of sitting on their backsides and leaving it to the gnomes of Zurich to come in, it would have been something to shout about!
The truth often hurts.
You're not a supporter, you're a fan (and I doubt it's of Southampton). In no way do you 'support' the team. When we had the bad start to the season you were calling for Adkin's head, how is that supportive? You don't agree with the owner so can't say anything positive about the team or management. In the words of Bill Shankly "If you can't support the team when they lose or draw, then don't support us when we win" (Admittedly you don't even celebrate a win)
The PFC fans haven't rescued their club, they've prolonged it's death. Real (and intelligent) fans would have seen the huge debt owed and the dodgy owners still lurking in the background and set up a pheonix club from scratch. Interesting that it's a property developer though, maybe they could build something useful on that land like a job centre
[quote][p][bold]TEBOURBA[/bold] wrote: I support the Saints but I am not a blind happy clapper, who can see nothing wrong in anything SFC do and if they win a game laud it as if they have won the PL, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League all in one season. If I consider something is wrong, such as the behaviour of a man on £600k a year threatening the livelihoods of workers earning a fraction of that,by not paying the bill, then I will stand up and say so. I am not interested in slating off PFC, Brighton or Bournemouth, I leave that to the cranial challenged of whom there are too many on here, to post their foul, four letter expletives. If Saints supporters had done what the PFC supporters have done, in rescuing their Club, by putting their money where their mouths are, instead of sitting on their backsides and leaving it to the gnomes of Zurich to come in, it would have been something to shout about! The truth often hurts.[/p][/quote]You're not a supporter, you're a fan (and I doubt it's of Southampton). In no way do you 'support' the team. When we had the bad start to the season you were calling for Adkin's head, how is that supportive? You don't agree with the owner so can't say anything positive about the team or management. In the words of Bill Shankly "If you can't support the team when they lose or draw, then don't support us when we win" (Admittedly you don't even celebrate a win) The PFC fans haven't rescued their club, they've prolonged it's death. Real (and intelligent) fans would have seen the huge debt owed and the dodgy owners still lurking in the background and set up a pheonix club from scratch. Interesting that it's a property developer though, maybe they could build something useful on that land like a job centre Red n White
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11:41pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Rising_Son says...

TEBOURBA wrote:
I support the Saints but I am not a blind happy clapper, who can see nothing wrong in anything SFC do and if they win a game laud it as if they have won the PL, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League all in one season.
If I consider something is wrong, such as the behaviour of a man on £600k a year threatening the livelihoods of workers earning a fraction of that,by not paying the bill, then I will stand up and say so.
I am not interested in slating off PFC, Brighton or Bournemouth, I leave that to the cranial challenged of whom there are too many on here, to post their foul, four letter expletives.
If Saints supporters had done what the PFC supporters have done, in rescuing their Club, by putting their money where their mouths are, instead of sitting on their backsides and leaving it to the gnomes of Zurich to come in, it would have been something to shout about!
The truth often hurts.
Your hatred of Cortese has made you a very bitter and twisted person. Get professional help before it destroys you completely.
[quote][p][bold]TEBOURBA[/bold] wrote: I support the Saints but I am not a blind happy clapper, who can see nothing wrong in anything SFC do and if they win a game laud it as if they have won the PL, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League all in one season. If I consider something is wrong, such as the behaviour of a man on £600k a year threatening the livelihoods of workers earning a fraction of that,by not paying the bill, then I will stand up and say so. I am not interested in slating off PFC, Brighton or Bournemouth, I leave that to the cranial challenged of whom there are too many on here, to post their foul, four letter expletives. If Saints supporters had done what the PFC supporters have done, in rescuing their Club, by putting their money where their mouths are, instead of sitting on their backsides and leaving it to the gnomes of Zurich to come in, it would have been something to shout about! The truth often hurts.[/p][/quote]Your hatred of Cortese has made you a very bitter and twisted person. Get professional help before it destroys you completely. Rising_Son
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12:21am Tue 27 Nov 12

Thornhill Saint says...

TEBOURBA wrote:
I support the Saints but I am not a blind happy clapper, who can see nothing wrong in anything SFC do and if they win a game laud it as if they have won the PL, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League all in one season.
If I consider something is wrong, such as the behaviour of a man on £600k a year threatening the livelihoods of workers earning a fraction of that,by not paying the bill, then I will stand up and say so.
I am not interested in slating off PFC, Brighton or Bournemouth, I leave that to the cranial challenged of whom there are too many on here, to post their foul, four letter expletives.
If Saints supporters had done what the PFC supporters have done, in rescuing their Club, by putting their money where their mouths are, instead of sitting on their backsides and leaving it to the gnomes of Zurich to come in, it would have been something to shout about!
The truth often hurts.
Tebourah - Give it up.

Where were you when Crouchy put a serious ammount of money to keep SFC afloat when in admin and Pinnacle were p*ssing around. Marcus heavily influenced by Cortese had a vision and a bid in.

Where were you when the Pinnacle group gave it up and accepted the liquidation of this club because they could not accept a 10 - point deduction. - Marcus by his own words influenced by Cortese took the 10 point deduction and saved the club.

Where were you when the Libherre's after Marcus's unfortunate passing away invested over 25 million into this premiership squad.

Where were you when Coretese gave players such as Jaidhi and Barnard extensions to their contracts when we really did not need them. Not exactly heartless!

Where were you when he had a heart to heart with Puncheon and brought him back into the fold when he was a gonner. How much has the club benefitted from that!

Where were when he took a chance stuck with the squad and manager which won promotion to the premiership despite pundits and fans alike having a pop.

Where have you been when Adkins, again, and again lets the world know there is no rift between him and Cortese?

Where were you when he stood up and clapped the team off following the draw with Swansea when Adkins was under so much pressure from the media.

Where were you when Coretese sorted out SFC Corporate clients when they were invited to move seats didn't want to and Cortese stepped in to sort it out.

In your most recent post I think you have finally outed yourself (if hoping for Saints losses was not enough) as a Pompey fan, or at least a PFC fan wannabe. I take your comment

"If Saints supporters had done what the PFC supporters have done, in rescuing their Club, by putting their money where their mouths are, instead of sitting on their backsides blah...blah... blah..blah" and it looks pretty damning.

You must know by now that I and most fans think:

a) you are a d*ck
b) you are probably a Pompey fan
c) you may be mentally disturbed

I would like to put all that aside and ask that either you stop posting or you come out of the closet, or you start debating issues rationally. ie. respond to posts where people question your views rather than continually repeating yourself over and over again.
[quote][p][bold]TEBOURBA[/bold] wrote: I support the Saints but I am not a blind happy clapper, who can see nothing wrong in anything SFC do and if they win a game laud it as if they have won the PL, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League all in one season. If I consider something is wrong, such as the behaviour of a man on £600k a year threatening the livelihoods of workers earning a fraction of that,by not paying the bill, then I will stand up and say so. I am not interested in slating off PFC, Brighton or Bournemouth, I leave that to the cranial challenged of whom there are too many on here, to post their foul, four letter expletives. If Saints supporters had done what the PFC supporters have done, in rescuing their Club, by putting their money where their mouths are, instead of sitting on their backsides and leaving it to the gnomes of Zurich to come in, it would have been something to shout about! The truth often hurts.[/p][/quote]Tebourah - Give it up. Where were you when Crouchy put a serious ammount of money to keep SFC afloat when in admin and Pinnacle were p*ssing around. Marcus heavily influenced by Cortese had a vision and a bid in. Where were you when the Pinnacle group gave it up and accepted the liquidation of this club because they could not accept a 10 - point deduction. - Marcus by his own words influenced by Cortese took the 10 point deduction and saved the club. Where were you when the Libherre's after Marcus's unfortunate passing away invested over 25 million into this premiership squad. Where were you when Coretese gave players such as Jaidhi and Barnard extensions to their contracts when we really did not need them. Not exactly heartless! Where were you when he had a heart to heart with Puncheon and brought him back into the fold when he was a gonner. How much has the club benefitted from that! Where were when he took a chance stuck with the squad and manager which won promotion to the premiership despite pundits and fans alike having a pop. Where have you been when Adkins, again, and again lets the world know there is no rift between him and Cortese? Where were you when he stood up and clapped the team off following the draw with Swansea when Adkins was under so much pressure from the media. Where were you when Coretese sorted out SFC Corporate clients when they were invited to move seats didn't want to and Cortese stepped in to sort it out. In your most recent post I think you have finally outed yourself (if hoping for Saints losses was not enough) as a Pompey fan, or at least a PFC fan wannabe. I take your comment "If Saints supporters had done what the PFC supporters have done, in rescuing their Club, by putting their money where their mouths are, instead of sitting on their backsides blah...blah... blah..blah" and it looks pretty damning. You must know by now that I and most fans think: a) you are a d*ck b) you are probably a Pompey fan c) you may be mentally disturbed I would like to put all that aside and ask that either you stop posting or you come out of the closet, or you start debating issues rationally. ie. respond to posts where people question your views rather than continually repeating yourself over and over again. Thornhill Saint
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2:35pm Tue 27 Nov 12

TEBOURBA says...

Thornhill Saint
You make some very good points and then spoil your letter by hurling personal abuse.
I say what I think, I have always supported NA saying he could be the best manager Saints have ever had, IMO he needs an experienced PL coach to help him in the PL.
A home win over injury and suspension hit Newcastle and an away win over rock bottom QPR is good, at least it keeps NA at SMS, there is no doubt IMO that if Saints had lost or drawn these games NA would have been sacked.
Anyone who thinks that NA is now out of the woods having amassed 11 points out of a possible 39 is IMO deluding themselves.
I judge Cortese on his actions which IMO show him to be an arrogant, greedy, self centred, uncaring dictator, willing to risk putting hardworking people on the dole by not paying his dues and who thought he was above the Law --- well he soon discovered he wasn't!
IMO he will get his come uppance as all dictators do.
Thornhill Saint You make some very good points and then spoil your letter by hurling personal abuse. I say what I think, I have always supported NA saying he could be the best manager Saints have ever had, IMO he needs an experienced PL coach to help him in the PL. A home win over injury and suspension hit Newcastle and an away win over rock bottom QPR is good, at least it keeps NA at SMS, there is no doubt IMO that if Saints had lost or drawn these games NA would have been sacked. Anyone who thinks that NA is now out of the woods having amassed 11 points out of a possible 39 is IMO deluding themselves. I judge Cortese on his actions which IMO show him to be an arrogant, greedy, self centred, uncaring dictator, willing to risk putting hardworking people on the dole by not paying his dues and who thought he was above the Law --- well he soon discovered he wasn't! IMO he will get his come uppance as all dictators do. TEBOURBA
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