Resilient is the perfect word to describe the Newcastle side so far this season.
Alan Pardew – pleased with point
The Newcastle side was under all kinds of pressure last night, against a good looking QPR side.
But with a little bit of luck, the defense didn’t concede a goal for the third game in four league games this season, and although the lads were far from their best, they still gained a hard earned point away from home.
Once again the two center backs, Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor were the pick of the Newcastle team, and these two have been huge so far this season for Newcastle. Both Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson cleared off the line for Newcastle.
And it seems fitting that the big Argentine is the new Newcastle captain, because he’s been Newcastle’s best player this season.
But Newcastle were outplayed for most of the game last night if truth be told, but again they had luck on their side.
Alan Pardew seemed happy with the point, if not the overall performance:
“I’m not disappointed with the point – we didn’t deserve any more,”
“We went with two strikers today and perhaps in hindsight, with the exuberance and the new players they have brought in, maybe I should have helped my central midfield pairing out a little bit more.”
“We struggled there – they dominated that area of the pitch.” “Offensively we never really created enough to warrant winning the game. But on the plus side our defensive display shows what we’ve been doing all season.”
“We don’t give much away, we’re very organised and there’s a resilience and spirit in the group which makes it difficult for teams to beat us.”
“But being Newcastle we need to threaten the goal more – I’m very much aware of that. Our flair players were all a little off key tonight but that’s the first time.”
“Sometimes when you don’t play well you get beaten. We didn’t tonight, I’m happy with that.”
None of the players outside the back four had good games at all, and they will need to do a lot better at Villa Park on Saturday.
Joey Barton had a decent enough game for QPR last night, but we wonder what he thinks of the 16,000 home crowd and a small stadium?
Most Newcastle players and the manager himself only wish the very best for Joey Barton in London, and this is what Alan Pardew said about his former right winger:
“I wished him well, shook his hand and he’ll be a good player for QPR,” “He’ll play better than he did tonight though – especially at home. He’s a real impact player at home.”
“Look at the investment they’ve made, the players brought in – I think they’ve got themselves up to Premier League speed.”
“They probably weren’t that before but now they’re a strong outfit and they’ve pitched themselves in with the rest of us outside the top three or four.”
“So it was a difficult evening for us and Joey was going to be part of that. For us it was about making sure he didn’t get the headlines today and we managed to get that.”
The result was a good one but the performance wasn’t, and it’s time to bring in young Davide Santon into the starting line-up at left back, as Ryan Taylor just couldn’t handle Shawn Wright Phillips last night.
Ryan is not a left back, and his best position is probably out on the right wing, and it wouldn’t surprise us if he gets a start there at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Taylor deserves a start in his best position, after manfully filling in at left back at the start of the season, for the departed Jose Enrique.
But our lads will need to show a lot more attacking flair, if they are to get something out of the game on Saturday.