Newcastle seemed to be coasting along far too much at Brighton on Saturday.
Alan Pardew – disappointed about Saturday
While they did try to get into a higher gear at the beginning of the second half, it didn’t last very long, and then after the rather lucky goal that Brighton got after the ball bounced off Mike Williamson into the net, that was it.
Another ignominious exit out of the famous FA Cup for a second season running under Alan Pardew.
Certainly the fans were not only disappointed after a poor performance from the lads, but it followed the complete surrender at Fulham in that second half, when we leaked five goals to Fulham.
And to think we had a very good defense at one point during the season, but in truth the last two games have hardly been good for Newcastle or their fans – in fact they’ve been absolutely terrible.
This is what Pardew told the Newcastle press today:
“There’s a lot of disappointment about Saturday’s result.” “I understand that. The players have done terrific this season, we’ve got the maximum out of them.”
“Hopefully we can do it right through the season.” “If we can, we’re going to have a strong finish.”
“We are still disappointed about what happened at Brighton – even more so after seeing the stats and the information from the game.”
“We actually played quite well and there is some buoyancy in that. But now we need to get a good result.”
“We can consolidate our position in the Premier League if we win at Blackburn. So that is what we are looking to do.”
And Newcastle may be without Yohan Cabaye for the game tomorrow, although that depends on whether Newcastle will appeal against the charge of violent conduct made against the Frenchman, for his altercation with Brighton’s Adam El-Abd.
It’s a wonder Alan wasn’t asked today if Newcastle would indeed appeal the charge before 6:00 pm tonight.
Shola Ameobi and Leon Best have not come through for Newcastle in the last two games, with none of them scoring, and indeed Shola has just one goal for Newcastle this season – the great equalizer at home to Tottenham.
Alan Pardew has said there’s a small chance that Demba Ba and Pappis Cisse could be on the bench for tomorrow night’s game, but maybe that’s just a rue, and he could start both of them.
We certainly hope so, because we need something out of this game tomorrow night to get us back on track in the league and possible Europa Cup qualification, and a win could even see us up to 5th place in the league.
We’d like to see Newcastle show a lot more urgency and use a lot more energy than they did on Saturday, and maybe that’s what Alan is referring to above, when he says the stats and information were disappointing from the game on Saturday.
The lads need to show far more passion than we’ve seen over the last couple of games.
In short they need to wake up, show some passion and beat Blackburn – in that order. 😀
And the latest on the transfer market – it seems that 18 year-old Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison is having a medical at West Ham – so he’s not coming to Newcastle.
And Sky Sports is reporting that Bolton have had a bid turned down for Newcatsle target Wilfried Zaha of £7M.
But we cannot believe they would bid that high for the 19 year-old winger/striker, and in any case Wilfried has said he doesn’t want to join Bolton.
And news that QPR have bid £8M for Fulham’s Bobby Zanora – who would bid £8M for a 31 year-old?
Not Newcastle that’s for sure, the club has a lot more sense than that these days.