Alan Pardew was philosophical when he talked about the game yesterday, when Newcastle somehow threw away a golden opportunity to finish 9th in the Premier League.
Cheick Tiote equalizer against Arsenal
Alan was disappointed of course, but there’s not too much you can say when the lads conceded 3 goals to an ordinary side in the last 30 minutes of yesterday’s game.
This is what Alan said today:
“I’m disappointed, it was a funny game,” “We were three goals up without ever playing that well. There were a couple of big errors from them.”“We were seeing the game out quite comfortably, but we gifted them a goal and never got back up to speed.”
“We didn’t look like we were ever going to penetrate them again. I think four or five of our players started to struggle with the amount of time they had been out.”
“Danny Guthrie has been out for a while, Kazenga LuaLua was out for five months, came off the bench and struggled to pick up the pace of the game. Leon Best as well.”
“I think that is a reflection of where we are as a squad at the moment. There are so many top players missing.”
“However, while I’m disappointed I still have to keep myself in the zone that it has been a tremendous effort from this group of players this season.”
“We lost Ben Arfa and Andy Carroll and to finish 12th is probably about fair – and we need to build on that next year.” “We need to eradicate our inconsistency and top players will help us do that.”
“That’s the level we are at,” “Of course it’s frustrating, there is nothing else to say.” “We should have seen the game out and we should have won.”
“My priority now is to make sure the players are seen off properly with their fitness programs, that they are sorted for the summer.” “We head into the summer looking for quality players to add to the group.”
This home game was almost the reverse of the Arsenal game, but whereas Newcastle gave away 4 sloppy goals in the first 26 minutes and them came back to draw 4-4, in yesterday’s game they went 3-0 up and then gave away three sloppy goals in the last 28 minutes to draw 3-3.
We preferred the Arsenal game. 😀
But in both games it showed Newcastle may need to strengthen in defense too, and maybe a top full back who can play on either side, and a good center back is what’s required.
That’s in addition to wingers, strikers and play-makers Newcastle also need to bring in to both strengthen and increase the size of the squad.