I’m glad I’m not a football manager.
Davide Santon brings down Andrew Johnson this afternoon.
Alan Pardew seemed to have the perfect game plan in the first half, as the Newcastle team completely outplayed Fulham and Alan Pardew seemed to completely out coach Martin Jol.
And then came the second half.
And while we don’t want to be too hard on the lads, we think the Newcastle players let down Alan Pardew, the Newcastle fans and themselves this afternoon.
That’s because they switched off and conceded five goals in the second half – and that ‘s as many goals as Fulham have scored in their last six league games.
So we can excuse Alan Pardew if he was utterly shocked and disappointed at what happened in the second half this afternoon.
This was a very poor Newcastle second half display – let’s make no mistake about that.
This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports – once he had recovered from the shock of seeing his team completely collapse:
“The game got away from us in a quite extraordinary fashion, we were so dominant in the first half, it’s difficult sometimes to prepare for what happens.”
“Their first goal certainly changed the course of the game, it looked like a really soft penalty.” “Then we had a really difficult period in the game where we didn’t handle the game very well.”
“I can’t complain about my team, they’ve been brilliant all year and we’re in a fantastic position in the league.”
“For 20 minutes today we just lost the plot and conceded, for us, poor goals. They were the type of goals we haven’t conceded all year.”
“I would have liked a second goal in that first half,” “I thought we deserved a second.”
“We couldn’t have played any better in the first half, we’ve had a complete contradiction in terms of our performance today.”
“First half was as good as we’ve been and second half was certainly as bad as we’ve been.” “We’ll have to work hard on the training ground now to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
In short it was a disappointing performance from Newcastle in the final 45 minutes, and an extremely embarrassing result – and we’ll try to forget it just as quickly possible.
Unfortunately that will not be easy.