Who would want to be a football manager these days?
Alan Pardew – thinks 2+2=4 – we’ve dropped 4 points these last two games
After seeing his team outplay a top six side, for the second time in two games, Alan Pardew again witnessed his side give up an injury time goal and two points with it.
And Alan Pardew thinks the very fact the lads were trying to get that all important second goal, was the reason they let Spurs back into the game with a late goal, from Aaron Lennon.
But before Lennon equalized Fab Coloccini had shown the strikers how to do it, when he rifled in a great goal after 59 minutes, and then he went crazy.
Subs Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger should have done better when they both missed good chances to put Newcastle home and dry late in the game – so perhaps Newcastle do need another top striker to work with Andy Carroll.
And Ameobi and Best before that also had some chances they should have done better with.
This is what Alan said after the game:
“We scored a great goal and from that point on it was about whether Tottenham were going to score,”
“The back four were superb for periods and brilliant at times, but then for some reason we just got exuberant trying to get a second.”
“Perhaps because we had come close on an earlier occasion there was real belief that the second goal would seal it.”
“We just committed too many bodies forward and against Spurs you cannot do that.”
“I was crying out for a hurricane, a foul, someone to fall over – anything to stop the game, because it was almost like basketball at the end.”
“But it was another last-minute goal and obviously we are really disappointed.”
23 year-old holding midfielder Danny Guthrie was withdrawn midway through the second half, and replaced by James Perch, but thankfully it was only cramp and he’s not injured, as Alan explained:
“He just gave so much that he couldn’t move,”
“It was a game where we had to work really hard because Spurs kept the ball in areas that no-one should keep the ball in.”
“We had to do plenty of chasing.”
The lads played well today, but once again we gave away two points right at the end – and we just cannot keep doing that – if we are going to climb that league table before the end of the season.
But it seems that Alan has really steadied the defense since he came in, which was always our weakness this season, but now we are finding it hard to get those goal with big Andy being out injured.
But we’ve got to say the lads have played well over these last four league games, and we should have had all 12 points rather than the 8 we ended up with.
We now have to bury Fulham a week on Wednesday at Craven Cottage.