After Another Late Equalizer – Newcastle Off To Portugal

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.

Alan continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    i like the idea of all these short breaks, that is correct managment

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    i only hope he is taking some new signings with him.
    Niko Kranjcar can leave Tottenham for a cut-price £3million.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Leazus is right! it’s a must to take such a good player for such a low price. also Matt Jarvis would not cost more than 4-6mil.

  • roe997

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    maybe we mite be signing djalo while we there.can play wings and strikers.pace to burn and stil only young.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    its not about opponents score late goal, its about us dont score the 2nd goal..

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    iff they are going away there must be something in the pipe line with the window very close.
    iff pardew is in charge of transfers how will he do it from portugal

  • mashearer

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    i have a bad feeling that we will lose next game..after all 5games undefeated seems too much for us

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    i will get shot for this but iff we had a finisher in our team we would have won simples. ime not knocking the work rate just the finishing. ime sure the likes of Keane would have done a job yesturday a proven goal scorer

  • Visten

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed it is ok to say 1 point is only just better than a defeat but that 1 point could keep a team in the premier league.

  • Mac

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Leazus,I totally agree. Not about Keane but definately a proven striker. We could and should have been out of sight yesterday

  • Brutooon

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    3 points is better than 1 points

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    1 point would have kept us up in our relegation year

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 23, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    @ Mac // Jan 23, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    lol bud Keane was just an example of the experiance we need

  • Jan Stavik

    Jan 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Keane? He’s useless, he’s not been playing well for something like 5 years. Considering his wages, he’s a no go.

    Continue bringing in players at the right age, 30 year olds are normally just after a hefty last contract before they retire.

  • Sav

    Jan 23, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed, ‘Good teams do not give up 1-0 leads in injury time’ ranks up there with ‘we’ve scored 9 goals and you can’t score more than that’. Lets face it, it felt much worse because we conceded at the death. But th e fact is, both were creditable draws which we almost turned into wins in both cases. So don’t be hard on the team because of conceding in injury time. That just means we defended very well for almost the whole match.
    Its all about perception.
    If we’d conceded earlier it would have been better? Not at all.


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