Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has talked after the game yesterday, and has basically said that it was Newcastle’s natural way of attacking that cost the team yet another 2 points, as Tottenham equalized in injury time.
Fab Coloccini – beautiful technique – as he score Newcastle’s goal yesterday
And we see from some of the comments, that readers are concerned that may mean Alan will become more defensive in the way the lads play, but we don’t think that;s what he means.
It was a little bizarre that in those last 10 minutes it was end to end stuff, and while we’re sure that’s exactly what Spurs wanted – there’s no real reason to commit the lads so far forward when you are leading.
And Newcastle had all 3 points in the bag, as long as we didn’t concede in those last 10 minutes – but we did – simply because we let ourselves get caught short at the back – which was a travesty when you are leading 1-0 in injury time.
Of course we also don’t want to be like some teams, who get ahead in a game and then hang on for dear life – that’s no go good either – no more Sam Allardyce type of play at Newcastle is allowed – ever again. 😀
This is what Alan told Sky Sports after the game yesterday:
“We’ve come up against a Spurs side that in the first half looked like they were going to give us a really tough afternoon.” “They knocked the belief out of us with their movement and passing.”
“And it wasn’t till half time when we sat them down and adjusted a couple of things and put a bit more belief in the players that we looked like what we can do, caused them all sorts of problems.”
“We took the lead and if it wasn’t for exuberance at the end, trying to get a second and the crowd urging us on and all getting a little bit carried away, we would have a really big victory today.”
“Unfortunately for us, its only a draw.” “It is disappointing for the players because we lost a late goal last week under different kind of circumstances in terms of we got really deep and was rash with a few clearances.
“But today, it was the opposite – we was too stretched and charging around looking for a second so somewhere in the middle there is a balance.”
Newcastle should be attacking at the end of a game when the score is a draw, because a win gives us 2 more points and if we get caught short at the back it’s only one point lost – so that’s why we should always go for the win.
You’ve got more to gain than to lose – so got for it!
It always astonishes us when come TV commentators suggest a team would be happy with a draw, and will just play for the draw – that’s like giving away two points without even trying to get them.
And what’s this damage limitation nonsense they sometimes bring up – if that’s not a negative way of looking at things, we don’t know what is.
With any luck yesterday, there were at least a couple of times Newcastle should have made it 2-0 in those last 10 minutes, before Aaron Lennon finally put the ball into the net for Spurs.
But it was poor defending from Danny Simpson in particular, because he let the right winger get the ball onto his right foot. If he had kept him on the outside, we all know Aaron cannot kick with this left foot for toffee.
But yesterday was a little different to last weeks’ game at Sunderland, because Spurs came right back at Newcastle, after Fab Coloccini scored that wonderful goal.
And last week Newcastle had literally hammered Sunderland into total submission – so losing 2 points last week was a lot worse than yesterday.
By the way Coloccini is now playing his best football ever on Tyneside, and he’s looked absolutely top class since he came back from his suspension after the Bolton disaster, which also coincided with Alan Pardew arriving on Tyneside.
There’s only one thing to do to get over the last two games – and that is to smash Fulham a week on Wednesday at Craven Cottage.
If the lads are 5-0 up come injury time in that game, we should be able to get all 3 points, shouldn’t we?