Alan Pardew probably thinks Newcastle were a little bit lucky to get all 3 points in the game today, even though Wolves didn’t score their goal until the 88th minute.
Alan Pardew – Wolves should have had a penalty
But Newcastle did have some luck this afternoon and recorded only their second win in the last 20 visits to Wolves.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game today:
“I don’t think deserved is the word I’d use today, but I did think we played well in the first half and it gave us a platform to win the game,”
“Certainly, we lost control of the second half at times and our eagerness was causing mistakes. It was a hot day, I thought that was a factor, but I thought Wolves were very good today.”
“The game could have been different. Just about half way through that second half we had two good chances to get a third goal and then there’s no grandstand finish.”
“But fair play to Wolves, they kept coming, the changes that Mick McCarthy made were good and that affected the game a bit and in the end we were a bit fortunate with that decision for the disallowed goal.”
“I’ve watched the two performances here that they’ve got beat, but they were a lot better today and Mick can take great heart from that.” “If you’re going to use the word deserved, they deserved something from this match.”
It was a mistake for Newcastle not to go at the Wolves defense in the second half, because you just knew that Wolves would come after Newcastle. as they had done last week against Liverpool at Anfield, and were unlucky then not to get at least a point.
And we don’t think Alan Pardew used the bench too well this afternoon – Lovenkrands was a good replacement for Demba Ba on 71 minutes, but why weren’t Ben Arfa and Marveaux brought on much earlier? Indeed Ben Arfa didn’t get on at all today.
As far as Steven Taylor’s tackle just before half time, that was a foul and inside the box, and should have been a penalty for Wolves, as shown by TV replays, and Alan Pardew seemed to agree with that assessment. as he continued:
“To be honest I’ve seen the fans’ reaction to that and I honestly thought it was a penalty so I’d already accepted that one,” I think that wouldn’t have been the worst thing that could have happened to us because at half time when you’re 2-0 up the psychology of the dressing room is different.”
“I think we felt like we were comfortable and you’re never comfortable here as it’s been proven. I don’t think Newcastle have won here since 1990 so it’s never an easy place to win.”
“Krul had more work to do today than he has done in the last three of our games if I’m honest and that’s why you need a good goalie. We have a lot of attributes to the team and we had to show different sides of us today.”
“You don’t concede four goals all season without having people putting blocks in, covering each other, trying to help each other. It’s what we had to do at the end there, all hands to the pump and we got really nervous towards the end.”
“We’re a young team, we haven’t got that experience of a Kevin Nolan or a Joey Barton out there that might have stopped the game or affected the game or slowed it down. We’re a different type of team and we need to see games out better than that.”
“We’re a decent team and we’ll get a gauge of how good a team we are in two weeks time [against Tottenham Hotspur]. That in the Premier League is what you should focus on and we will, we won’t get carried away.”
We just have to hope that the arguments and disagreements after these games this season, are after Newcastle have won the game, and maybe the discussion are about why the other side should have done better, even though they didn’t.
Newcastle were the better side this afternoon, especially in the first half, and Newcastle have lots of skill in the side this season, there’s little doubt about that, but it’s never easy playing Wolves, especially at Molineaux, so the result, if not the performance, was excellent today.
Howay The Lads!!