It is just us, or is Alan Pardew this morning taking a swipe at young goalkeeper Tim Krul for the team’s terrible performance on Saturday?
Tim Krul – Pardew criticizes his poor kicking on Saturday
Alan Pardew is interviewed in the Newcastle Journal this morning, and this is what he had to say about Saturday’s game:
“I am not taking anything away from Stevenage.” “The game plan they had worked for them, they have put us under a lot of pressure.”
“They knew we had had a tough game against Wigan and West Ham in the week. The lack of games they had served them well.”
“They used it well in both boxes, they were more aggressive than us and it was difficult.”” “We did not pass the ball well. “
“The goalkeeper had a problem kicking the ball, he seemed to be shanking a lot of kicks.” “That was putting us under a lot of pressure.”
“That was not the sort of standard we expect from Newcastle and what I expect as a manager.”
Steve Harper’s wife was due to give birth over the weekend, and he did not travel for the game, and young Solderberg was the substitute goalkeeper, and of course Tim got another start.
Maybe we have got too used to Chris Hughton, who hardly ever criticized his players, at least never in public, but it seems that Alan does.
Pardew seems to have been annoyed at Tim Krul because of his poor kicking on Saturday, but is it right for Alan to air this in public?
Pardew also substituted Leon Best at half-time and Peter Løvenkrands with just 12 minutes remaining in the game, but we thought both strikers found it very difficult in the first half .
With neither player particularly great in the air, the Stevenage center-backs were winning almost everything in the air, and therefore our two strikers were never in the game in that first 45 minutes.
But Newcastle were also struggling big time to get a grip in central midfield, and we thought Alan should have moved quickly to 4-5-1, because we had two strikers who were never in the game in that first half, and we should have used at least one more player in central midfield.
And maybe playing the long ball up front when Carroll and Ameobi are not in the side are not the right tactics to use.
Anyway, Alan continued:
“We had no Andy Carroll, no Shola Ameobi, our top two strikers, and we did not retain the ball at all well up front and that was a problem for us.”
“Fingers crossed at least one of those, if not both, will be back for next week. Maybe we can add to the squad too.”
“I need one, but we are working on maybe bringing two in.” “It depends on the numbers who come back from injury.”
As we said over the weekend, it doesn’t look like Alan has too much confidence in Lovenkrands and Best, who are obviously number 3 and 4 strikers at the club, although young Nile Ranger may be up there somewhere.
But he also said yesterday that he needs to see a change in attitude of young Nile Ranger in training, or else he could be out of the club.
Alan is certainly more abrasive than Chris Hughton ever was, that’s for sure, but we knew that before Alan was appointed the Newcastle manager.