Alan Pardew seems at least to be down to earth, and he’s not trying to avoid the criticism that has come his way, after the disastrous display and result against Stoke City on Saturday.
Alan Pardew reacts to a Stoke goal – do you know which one?
But it seems like after the game, the senior players did the job for Alan, and they already know what they have to do now, and hands were held up in the dressing room for all four goals the lads conceded on Saturday.
And captain Kevin Nolan has already come out today holding his hands up and apologizing to the fans for the disgraceful display of the team, and of course especially the ones who traveled all the way to Stoke, only to be embarrassed by the incompetence of the defense.
This is what Alan said today:
“I don’t think we should hide from the fact this is a test of character now. The pressure is going to build as we get towards the Wolves game as well on the back of this result.” “It has not been an ideal day.”
“But I think we have the quality between the players and the staff to get out of it and get the next result in. We have some characters in the side and there was some words said after the game that I thought were spot on. I think we all know where we went wrong.”
“It is nice to come in after a game to hear the players’ opinions reflect your own in what went wrong.” “That is not going to become public, that is between us. In the dressing room we know we have to knuckle down now, and in the next four games do the job we need to do, and not leave it too late in terms of getting over the line.”
“That is now the priority. It was constructive after the game and it was the right message. The bottom of the table is mad and it is something we don’t want to get involved in. We’re too close for comfort. We’re not burying our heads in the sand about it, we have to face reality and get over the line as quick as possible.”
Talking is all very good, but we always remember in the relegations season, the players coming out after a poor defeat (and there were many), and saying what they were going to do in the next game, and that the fans shouldn’t worry because they’ll put it right – and all that good stuff.
Then the lads would could out in the next game, get a goal behind, and half of them were then finished for the day, and w;ed be beaten again.
So while it’s all good and well to apologize and say things will get better, the proof of the pudding is always on the field of play, and we want every single player play like their lives depended on it against Wolves.
And Newcastle should start the game like the proverbial steam train and keep going through thick and thin for 90 minutes plus the added time.
Nothing less than that will be good enough, and of course we’ll have to do it without Cheick Tiote who is suspended for two games.