When you are the manager of a side that just collapsed dramatically in the last 30 minutes of the season at home, you have to try to point to the positives.
Alan Pardew – it’s frustrating
And that’s exactly what Alan Pardew did after yesterday’s shambles, when Newcastle were 3-0 up after 60 minutes at home in front of a sell-out crowd, but managed to drop 2 points to the dismay and anger of their fans.
That seemed almost impossible at the time, but not for the up-and-down side that has been Newcastle this season.
Next season the side will have to approach matches against sides they should beat with more determination and guile, and not keep their best performances for the sides we expect to be beaten by – like Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal and the like.
Newcastle will get a lot more points that way next season.
Pardew said this after the game:
“Although I am disappointed, I am trying to keep myself in the zone of saying it’s been a great effort this year, and we mustn’t get away from that.”
“It’s been a tremendous effort from this group of players. We lost Ben Arfa and Andy Carroll and in terms of finishing where we have, 12th, that’s probably about fair, and we need to build on that next year.”
“That’s the level we are at. It’s frustrating, there’s nothing else to say other than that, really.” “We should have seen the game out and we should have won.”
Newcastle almost saw out the 3-2 victory and if they had done that – then celebrations after the game would have been in full swing.
But they didn’t and did an Arsenal by allowing Tchoyi to head home Olsson’s cross with only second remaining in normal time, and claim a point.
And to think Tchoyi scored a hat trick in 30 minutes at Newcastle when he previously scored just one league goal all season – and that tells you the Newcastle defense probably needs strengthening, and has collapsed far too many times this season.
To say the end of the game ruined the season is not accurate, but that’s what it looked like to Newcastle fans around the world and the fans at the game booed the players off the pitch.
They let West Brom come back from 3-0 down and did an Arsenal, and Newcastle didn’t even have the excuse of playing with just 10 men.
It was small wonder the fans were furious at the end of the game – although that reaction was for just one game and not the whole season.
Passion cuts two ways on Tyneside, and if the Newcastle team collapses like they did at home yesterday, the players should expect exactly what they got.
It’s really spoiled what should have been festive celebrations that the lads have done so well over the full season, and we were never ever in the relegation zone.
And we suspect Alan Pardew will have lost money yesterday too, because he’s paid incentives and you have to believe he’ll get a bonus based on where Newcastle finished in the Premier League.
Everybody associated with Newcastle seems to have lost yesterday, and we cannot think Mike Ashley will have been too happy after the game either.
Newcastle should now rush forward the signing of that International player to help fans get over the negativity that has surrounded yesterday’s diabolical last 30 minutes of the season.
That would help lift the mood on Tyneside – quickly.