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.
“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.