Alan Pardew was interviewed by nufcTV after the game, and an emotional Newcastle manager said he he would take responsibility for the defeat.
Alan Pardew – tales responsibility for defeat
Alan said he thought 4-4-2 was probably too much of an attacking formation, and once Newcastle had let in a couple of goals so quickly, we were in big trouble.
This is what Alan said:
“My assessment is that I have to take responsibility for that because we had too many offensive players on the pitch.”
“4-4-2 we could not cope with them and two quick goals like that, and we lost our heads for ten minutes, and we looked disorganized, which is unusual for us.”
“The second half we could do only one thing, and that was to keep them at bay, keep disciplined and try to offer a threat.” And we had a couple of good chances, and give ourselves some pride from that second half we managed to do that.”
“And it could have been a bloody long day here, 4-0 down at half time, with the players we were playing against – they have some proper players.”
“I’m okay about it, we have to accept it and we need to bounce back. They wanted to show their manager they wanted to keep him, and that may have been they had that bounce in their steps, and two goals after five minutes and you are in trouble and it’s an uphill battle.”
“We cannot ask for more than we got today, we got five out past us and we deserved to have five put past us, and that hasn’t happened all season and we cannot let that happen again”
“I will spend the break with the group to put us back into a good place, and let that one go, and we should have Cheick Tiote back, and Ryan Taylor and Cabaye, and you need all your best players, and we were perhaps a little short today.”
Alan, not surprisingly, seemed just a little stunned, but he also thanked the fans for staying with the side, especially in the second half, and he made a special trip over to them after the match.
Alan said he wanted to show his appreciation to them as they are proud of their club, and they stayed with the side in the second half, and they were brilliant.
We need to beat Wolves in two weeks time, and then Sunderland eight days after that, with both games being at home, and if we can do that then things will seem a lot better.
And we have to remember we are still 6th top of the Premier League.