Newcastle Just Didn’t Have Tottenham’s Quality

In the cool light of day the morning after, it’s clear Newcastle were simply beaten by a more classy side yesterday, even though the lads worked their socks off to try to get something out of the game at White Hart Lane.

Alan Pardew – shakes hands with Harry yesterday – before the game

Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Let’s be honest – They are a very, very good side.”

“They had people who could really influence the game on the bench, and for us, we need to add that sort of quality.”

“That’s what we hope to aspire to.”

Joey Barton and Cheick Tiote both put in excellent displays for the Magpies yesterday, once again, although it was worrying that Cheick picked up his 9th yellow card of the season, and was even a little lucky not to pick up a second yellow card in that second half.

One more yellow card and he’ll be out for two games, which is not a good prospect for the team.

And would you believe Joey Barton has 4 yellow cards and is one booking away form being suspended for a game – not good.

Pardew continued:

“I thought we put a better effort in against Manchester City, if I’m honest in terms of threatening the goal.”

“And that was because of our quality in that final third of the game.”

“That’s something we need to work on, and make sure the deliveries and passing we put in there have more purpose.”

Jose Enrique is one of our best players and it wasn’t good news yesterday when we heard the team news, in fact it was rather depressing.

James Perch was brought in to deputize for the Spaniard, who had a hamstring problem,  and Alan played in a 4-5-1 formation, but without goal-scoring Nolan in the side, due to his suspension.

Alan talked about the forced changes:

“A couple of key changes affected us.”    “We had no balance down the left. Perchie did a brilliant job defensively for most of the game.”

“But obviously he’s not natural on that side, and we missed Jose’s offensive play.”

“It wasn’t a good game for us in and around set plays on that side, but the commitment and effort was there for all to see.”

“I thought our best situation was when we were down 1-0, and Peter Lovenkrands got in down the side of the box. It was a big opportunity.”

“We broke the line, and from that attack, which we messed up, they put the game beyond us.”

And Jonas Gutierrez hasn’t been in particularly top form recently,  which is one reason we would like to see another winger signed in January, to add more balance to the side.

And preferably a player who can put in a good cross, that Carroll would be only too willing to head home.

And on the positive side of things, we have to think Newcastle will now sign at least two new players in January.

We hope so anyway.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Ghali

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Am sorry ED we had the quality but it was not our day,nobody looked like playing and wanting to do something yesterday.we lacked the motivation that we usually had when playing a top side like Liverpool or Arsenal and that was the difference.the game was up for grabs at the last 20 minutes of it and we couldn’t take advantage.

  • lewman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    newly promoted side vs champions league side, we should not get too down about results like this.

  • john_cena163

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3

    A Game Against Wigan Is A MuSt Win Game

  • john_cena163

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #4

    2-0 to Newcastle

  • jj

    Dec 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Team by the end of the season:

    GK Krul
    RB Saylor
    CB Collo
    CB Samba
    LB Enrique
    CM Tiote
    CM Barton
    CAM Ben Arfa
    RW/RF Krankjar
    LW/LF Bellamy
    ST Carroll

    Samba 8m
    Krankjar 4m
    Bellamy 4m

    Best 1m
    Gutierrez 4m
    Smith 3m
    Shola 2m

    Including the money couped back we wudnt break the bank, wages wudnt be sky high on the new players and it would provide us with width, pace, good goalscorers, good movement, solid midfield, solid CBs, height for set plays and attacking full backs.

    This would be a great attacking team, with NOLAN, KADAR, VUCKIC, LOVEN, WILLIAMSON AND SIMPSON on the bench with harps…

    wot you think?

  • jj

    Dec 29, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #6

    The above formation is like a 433, attacking, 451 away from home with bellars and krankjar providing the width, pace and trickery on attack and are both tactically sound for defensive duties, with joey and tiote the ball winners and benny the link man like van der vaart and silva does for spurs and man city.

  • darthkir

    Dec 29, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Pardew;s tactic is not encouraging…

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 29, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed- The headline of this should be ” Newcastle just didn’t have Tottenhams wingers yesterday or their best player and captain”

    Yes it’s a bit long but thats essentially the reason we lost yesterday. Enrique would have kept Lennon quiet all game and if we had decent wingers that can cross or someone to get a free kick past the wall then it might have been a different story because we pretty much matched them in every other area of the pitch

  • sweendog

    Dec 29, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Turkish Magpie .. agreed

  • NUFCmagpie

    Dec 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed, how can you say Joey had an excellent game? how many set pieces did he ruin? the fact that he actually led Andy take one i think is a sign of how poor our set pieces were that day.


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