Newcastle just didn’t look at the races yesterday, and put in rather a lack luster display.
Alan Pardew - disappointing display
But the most worrying thing for manager Alan Pardew was the poor defending, and each one of the Leeds goals were questionable and should have been prevented.
Of course things didn’t start very well with Fraser Forster dropping a straight forward cross, and Newcastle were 1-0 down after just 8 minutes.
Alan Pardew has admitted he was disappointed with his team’s overall play yesterday, and it was a little like the Orlando City game, the lads seemed tired and almost disinterested.
Newcastle need to put in a performance against Fiorentina next Saturday like they did at Columbus last week, and the same thing when Arsenal visit St. James’ Park on 13th August.
This is what Alan told the local Newcastle press this morning:
“I think there was a bit of tiredness and the first goal probably set the tone for the rest of the game. There were a lot of mistakes from both sides and the goals we conceded were really poor.”
“We’ve defended well this pre-season so I’m disappointed. It’s fairly obvious that Williamson needs another game, and we’ll probably play him at Gateshead on Tuesday to get him up to speed.”
“There were some positives today. Cabaye played in Cheick’s position in a holding role. We all know he’s a fantastic passer, but I thought he showed good defensive qualities in there.”
“So that bodes well. Haris came on for a nice little cameo and I thought Demba Ba was sharp as well. But overall I was a bit disappointed with our quality. We needed to experiment though and sometimes when you lose, you can learn more.”
Cabaye certainly looks the real deal, and could become a big player for Newcastle next season and Demba Ba is getting sharper with every game.
It was a disappointing display overall yesterday, and we look for much stronger displays against Gateshead and Fiorentina in the coming week.
And then of course the first game against Arsenal will be important, and we’d take a point, but will be looking for a win to get the season off to a fast start.
Arsenal are also having their troubles in pre-season, and they were booed off the field yesterday after their 1-1 draw at New York Red Bulls.