Alan Pardew told Sky Sports, after the disappointing end to yesterday’s game against Spurs, that he will take the Newcastle squad to Portugal next week to re-energize their batteries.
Alan Pardew – the lads need a break in the sun
Alan was again disappointed with a draw, when Aaron Lennon equalized in the first minute of injury time, and for the second week running a 1-0 win was turned into a measly draw and just one point, which as we said yesterday isn’t much better than a defeat – one point better to be exact.
But wins is what we need – from every game.
But Pardew is taking the opportunity of being out of the FA Cup, which ahs the 4th round games next weekend, by taking the lads to Portugal, and they would be working on some things, including their fitness levels, when they’re out there.
“We are going to put some work in in Portugal and I think maybe crank up our levels a little bit and to see games out.”
“We looked tired at the end of both games and maybe that was a factor.”
Good teams do not give up 1-0 leads in injury time, and since the lads have done that twice in successive weeks, we’re sure that will be one thing Alan and the boys will be looking at in Portugal.
And both goals were from defensive lapses at the back, so it’s an opportunity to put some things right, but we must say the defense has performed well since we lost 2-0 at Spurs.
And the two injury time equalizers have hidden the fact that Newcastle as a team, have been playing really well in their last four league games, and could easily have had all 12 points, and then Tyneside would really be buzzing.
So it’s good to remember that – and Alan has certainly managed to stiffen up the Newcastle defense with only 2 goals conceded in those four games – both in injury time of course.
And good teams that win things, are founded on a solid defense – remember that too.
So there’s a bright side to the Newcastle play over these last two games, but the disappointing thing is that we should have taken all 6 points, for sure.