When Alan Pardew said before the game at Blackpool, there would be no excuses, because Newcastle were putting out a good side yesterday, he put himself in a corner a little bit.
Alan Pardew – at Blackpool yesterday
So when Newcastle looked like they did at Aston Villa a couple of weeks ago – just hopeless – and it was against a side that had one win,two draws and 10 defeats in their 13 games before yesterday, what does Alan say in the press conference after the game?
Well he says they are tired – the Manchester United game took a lot out of the side – but for heavens sakes – the Newcastle side have played only six games since the end of February – 6 games in 8 weeks – so come again?
This is what Alan Pardew said after the 1-1 draw at Bloomfield Road, in which Blackpool were the better side:
“If it was a boxing match you’d have to give it to Blackpool on points, for sure, but it was a football match and our resilience and a bit of quality here and there got us a point,”“It was a tough game. I thought we were lucky we scored actually, because we looked a little flat.” “The intensity of Blackpool’s play was always going to be difficult to compete with after Tuesday, when we put in such a fantastic effort.”
“We looked tired – mentally and physically – in the first half. Sometimes it takes you a while to get out of it and we were sloppy, we created problems for ourselves.” “Tim Krul kept us in the game before they scored with some great saves and great decision-making – especially on the through balls when there was a couple of big penalty shouts, which I thought he got both right.”
“The goal was disappointing because I think you’ve got be beyond doubt if you’re giving that as the linesman and I don’t think he was,” “Seeing it again it doesn’t look like the whole of the ball went over the line. If you’re 40 yards away, as the linesman is, you have to be beyond doubt. It doesn’t look like that to me.”
“Having said that they deserved a goal for their intensity. They have some good players on the pitch – Vaughan and Adam made a difference when they’re teamed up like that.” “We were better second half. I thought we took some intensity out of the play – particularly when Stephen Ireland came on and held the ball up well, I thought.”
“We had a few flat, I thought. I could maybe have freshened it up by putting on one or two, but unfortunately one of my lads who was fresh – Kevin Nolan – had a little groin strain, and we were touch and go whether we kept him on the pitch. But we did.”
Manchester United have been playing two games a week for quite a while, but we didn’t hear Alex Ferguson say his players were tired after the Tuesday night draw.
Saying players are tired, unless the side is in Europe and playing two games a week regularly, is a really poor excuse.
A better thing would have been to say the lads had a very bad day at the office – which would have been a lot closer to the truth.