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.