Alan Pardew has tried to explain the terrible defeat yesterday at Stevenage, which is now headlines around the world of course.
Alan Pardew – at Stevenage yesterday
Wonderful publicity for the Newcastle club, to be sure.
Our players were no match for a side in England’s fourth tier, and if that’s not something to be completely ashamed of – we don’t know what is.
Maybe getting walloped by Sunderland next Sunday is – oh no – I wish I hadn’t even said that.
We don’t accept this nonsense about the players being tired – if that was the case how did so many other Premier League sides easily get through their 3rd round ties yesterday?
We don’t like to hear excuses from managers – but here’s Alan again:
“I can say that we’re sorry about the result and the performance,”“The performance level was the problem. It’s come off the back of a really tough run for us and the players we had missing didn’t help either. But the manner of the defeat was disappointing – we’re Newcastle, we expect to win here.”
“We talked about what we were expecting but the pressure and the physical nature of Stevenage’s game was a problem all night.” “It was a difficult night. We just couldn’t match their energy levels and that was a big part of the game – we were dominated in both boxes.”
“Looking at some of my players we were running on empty – the team was a shadow of the team that played at Wigan and against West Ham.”
Back when I was an IBM executive and did something useful, I wouldn’t allow people to come up with simple and stupid excuses when something had gone wrong – I wanted solid explanations of what actually happened.
In yesterday’s game why were the players so timid of Stevenage, and why was there no fight in the team in the second half, when they went behind?
Saying the players were simply tired, is almost an insult to the players themselves.
The defeat yesterday goes against everything we thought the Newcastle United club stands for.
Guts, spirit and passion – and there was absolutely none of it on show yesterday.
That’s why it was a disgrace to the Newcastle United Football club.