Alan Pardew thought that Newcastle were good at Tottenham today but not at their best, and subsequently were not good enough to get anything out of the game at White Hart Lane.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle good – but not at their best
Things were fairly even this afternoon, but it was two pieces of extra class from the North London side in the second half, that got them all 3 points, against a willing but less talented Newcastle side.
Aaron Lennon scored the first goal on 57 minutes out on the right, and Gareth Bale scored one of his special goals from the left on 80 minutes, after Spurs had been reduced to 10 men though the stupidity of Kaboul – who head-butted Cheick Tiote – after 66 minutes.
Pardew had been hoping for Newcastle to produce another good performance this afternoon but it was rather flat compared to the bright and courageous performances at home against Liverpool and Man City, in the previous two games.
This is what Alan told Sky Sports after the game today:
“Their extra bit of quality, especially in the final third, was the difference,”
“We were competitive and worked really hard but we were just off our best today.”
“And some of the quality we had shown against Liverpool and Manchester City was missing.”
Kevin Nolan was suspended for the clash and Jose Enrique failed a late fitness test, and Newcastle missed both players today.
After seeing that his bench is fairly weak, Pardew will be hoping to strengthen the squad in January – at least we hope Alan will be trying to strengthen the squad in January.
“We were good today but we were below our best,”
“We had two or three key players missing and that is probably where we are weaker than those teams in terms of players coming off the bench.”
“That is something we can hopefully address as we go down the line.”
Pardew also feels that Tottenham should be considered as contenders for the Premier League title, because of the strength in depth they have in the club:
“Look at the strength they have in depth and of course they are going to be.”
“They are fighting on a number of fronts. With that spirit and a bit of luck here and there they may well pick up a trophy.”
It’s getting clear now that when Newcastle have some of their key players missing like Enrique, Tiote, Barton, Nolan or Carroll, they are sorely missed, and the subs that come in are just not as good.
That’s one reason Alan may look to bring in some reinforcements during January.
But our next two games at Wigan and home to West Ham now become very important to get points from, since both sides are below us in the league at the moment.
Newcastle have but one win from their last eight league games, since winning at the Emirates.