It was a disastrous result on Saturday, as Stoke walloped Newcastle 4-0, and now we have to stew in this result for a long two weeks, before we meet Wolves at St. James’ Park.
Alan Pardew – my tactics didn’t work
But at least Alan Pardew is not ducking his responsibilities this morning and he has at least admitted the tactics didn’t work.
And against Wolves we want to see a very attacking formation, because Wolves have a weak defense, so we just have to attack their weakness.
Pardew played three center-backs to combat Stoke’s aerial threat and played a 3-5-2 formation, but Stoke still got four goals, but to be fair all four goals were from some very weak defending by the Newcastle side.
And it was very like the Bolton game (5-1 defeat), because if you take away the diabolical goals we conceded in both those games, the rest of the games were fairly even – but that’s little consolation today of course, as Newcastle are now a slim 4 points above the relegation zone, and that’s the closest we’ve been for many months.
This is what Alan said about his tactics:
“I think when you play Stoke the set play situation is something you have to deal with. We played three center-halves to combat that and it has not worked.”
“I thought Sol Campbell would cope with aerial threat better than Steven Taylor and that is why I gave him the nod, no other reason to be honest.”
“The two goals after half-time changed the game because up to that point we had subdued them quite well.”
Alan has to get that defense working well again and it’s a little scary that we are leaking so many goals at the moment.
That’s 6 goals we’ve conceded in our last two games (both defeats), and only one scored, and it’s doing nothing but harm to the goal difference, which could be worth another point in a close relegation battle come May 22nd.