Alan Pardew Unhappy With First Half Performance

Alan Pardew orchestrated the greatest come-back in Premier League history when he laid into his players at half time at St. Jame’s Park, after his side were 4-0 down to Arsenal.

Pardew – shown after Tiote’s amazing equalizer against Arsenal

And the rest is history as Newcastle hit four goals in the last 24 minutes to draw the game, and that amazing comeback will be talked about for decades to come.

We bring it up as often as we can – as you may have realized. 😀

And it seems some that plain talking was also needed at halt time at Bloomfield Road last Saturday as the lads had looked suspect after they scored the fiord’s goal through Peter Lovenkrands.

49 year-old Wimbledon-born Alan Pardew talked to the Newcastle press corps today:

“I felt comfortable in the second half that we were going to be OK.” “But if you had asked me after 35 minutes what I thought, I would have said no.”

“We managed to sort it out at half-time, and that was important.”

And asked if he had had a spirited talk with his players at half time, Alan admitted he had, and continued:

“A little bit, yes.” “It was disappointing that after we had got the goal and got ourselves in a great position, we just got sloppy.”

“We gave them chances and we were our own worst enemies at that period.” “You have to admire Blackpool. I don’t care who they were going to play, it was going to be tough for anybody.

“We have come through it.” “We got a point and looking at the results that was important for us, very, very important.”

“If it was a boxing match you would have to give it to Blackpool.” “But it was a football match and our resilience and quality got us a point.”

While we had expected a win at Blackpool and were really initially disappointed with just a draw, in retrospect it was a good point to get, and Blackpool played one of their best games for quite a while, to be fair to the Seasiders.

We really hope Blackpool survive this season in the Premier League,  because if there was ever  a team that fortune should favor – it’s’ this brave Blackpool side.

They refuse to play defensively, and continue to play attacking football whoever they are playing, and they deserve and get great credit for that.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    YA i hope all the 3 w s must relegate

  • CheickTiote

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #2

    I really like that picture of the bench celebrating.

  • Nathaaan

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Love watching Blackpool play, you never know what’s going to happen. Hope they stay up!

  • kilcline

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope they go down, they took 4 points of us this season and should of been 6!

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    Apr 25, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #5

    i can watch this 100 times without getting bored
    howay the lads

  • dave 1961

    Apr 25, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #6

    so Pardew’s this fantastic motivator is he, well why did we go 4-0 down, why do we get played of the pitch by Blackpool and the rest, the one thing Hughton and Pardew have in common they both are poor motivators that’s why we play well against the better teams, then slump against the Blackpool’s. as yet I have seen nothing from Pardew that gives me any expectations. or have I missed something we have only won 4 games under his management, and need to see a much better showing next season, if I could give pardew a message it would be you are not a top manager, stick to the simple thing’s and leave the complex thing to Alex fungerson.
    and to the best of my knowledge Pardew had nothing to do with the sending off against Arsenal & this is what changed the game. and talking of the top managers they also make mistakes, hope Pardew only makes his once.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 25, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #7

    the arsenal game is a one off thing, wont happen again for the next 15 years

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 25, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #8

    The sloppiest on Saturday was Jose with his casual approach, and he should have prevented the goal. If his mind is elsewhere, drop him and play Ferguson for the rest of the season, if he is fit. I notice that he hasn’t even been on the bench for the last 2 games, so presumably he is injured. I must admit that as a former sports medical professional, I am concerned at the perpetual injuries that some of our young players are getting. Vuckic, Kadar, Airey, Ferguson,etc., seem to be always injured.

  • ArtyH

    Apr 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Spot on jimmymagpie, about Jose and the injuries. Some of the comments on this blog lately seem to be coming from the unwashed and not from toon supporters.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 25, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #10

    if AP give the lads a kick up the backside against arsenal, then what happened against , everton, villa, stoke , blackpool, etc, etc, the truth is he had f..k all to do with it , we got a point because a defender got himself sent off, and the lads, from then on could smell something was on , AP ? he didnt know what day it was man , not a clue , he just stood on the line ,like normal looking stupid , and clueless

  • Sav

    Apr 25, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #11

    You can only play the cards you’re dealt.

  • toon_fanatic

    Apr 26, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #12

    jose started blackpool game with red pair of boot…signal for liverpool move perhaps??

  • Davies

    Apr 26, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Good logic toon-fanatic.


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