It was an awful display in the final 45 minutes of the game at Craven Cottage on Saturday, but Alan Pardew will not be changing his plans in the transfer market.
Alan Pardew – smiling before the game started on Saturday
It seems that Newcastle will still try to bring in a central defender in the next 8 days, but the new player will be as support for the back four and it doesn’t seem the player will be brought in as an immediate starter for Newcastle.
In other words it looks like the center-back signed this month will be a squad player.
The terrible performance of the back four on Saturday will not change Alan’s search:
“I wouldn’t want to,” “We want to bring a defender in, that’s what I’ve said and we’ll try and do that if we can because we ain’t got no cover.” (oh the double negative)
“If we had an injury at centre-half, we’re going to look vulnerable.”
We are vulnerable at center-back because we really have no cover if either Coloccini or Williamson are injured and we don’t want to see Danny Simpson or James Perch play there again, as they did at Norwich.
This is not the time to over-react to the second half display on Saturday, but it is a good time to find out what exactly happened, and to correct it – so it never happens again.
The squad is in Tenerife, at a warm-weather training camp until Wednesday, and the temperatures will range from lows of around 55F to high of 64°F.
Alan talked about his mini-break:
“The phone will be switched on and I’ll be monitoring the transfer window,” “We’ve got a great squad and we’re looking now to the FA Cup.”
“There’s nothing we can do about Saturday, it’s gone, but we’ve got to make sure we get through the FA Cup.”
“I was just disappointed, disappointed for them. Really there’s not many times I’ve been disappointed as the manager of this team this season.”
“That’s been our strength all year, our defending,” “For 20 minutes we just didn’t do it very well. It wasn’t about players we did have or didn’t have, it was just the mental concentration and it’s cost us.”
“We all know the Premier League, it’s 90-minute games. For 45 minutes we were great, but that ain’t it. Most games this year for 90 minutes we’ve been very, very strong.”
“We’ve had little lapses in games, but not many. A disappointing period of the game has cost us. We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again and learn from it. That’s what we’ll take away from it.”
“If you just lose concentration at this level it’s going to be costly. The game had gone away from us.”
“We mustn’t dwell on it too much. It’s done. There’s nothing we can do about it, except make sure if we concede a soft goal like we did on Saturday to let a team come back in the game we react better than we did.”
“That will be the lesson of Saturday.”
Those are good words form Alan Pardew, who never seems to lose his cool when he gets in front of those TV cameras.
And even after a calamitous second half, he was cool and collected after the game, while explaining how his side had switched off after the first goal was conceded.
As Alan Pardew says – it’s a lesson the team will have to learn and take those lessons learned into the remaining games of the season, starting with a tough FA Cup tie at Brighton on Saturday afternoon, in the late- kick-off game at 5:15 pm.