Alan Pardew has talked to the Sunday Sun and he is able to point to some positives in the second half yesterday, for his Newcastle side.
A frustrated Alan Pardew yesterday
Newcastle were simply no match for Tottenham in the first half, and Harry Redknapp had all his Tottenham players ready for the kick-off yesterday, and they came out of the blocks like the proverbial steam train.
Newcastle did not.
And that’s one reason we were 2-0 down in the first five minutes, and 4-0 down before half time came around, and the reality is it could have been a lot worse in that first half.
And for the second time in four league games, and the second time we have conceded five goals in London, the team seemed to lack any kind of fight.
This is what Alan Pardew said:
”What we showed was not a true reflection of what we’ve been about this season,” “I think you have to say Tottenham were irresistible at times – some of the stuff they were doing was coming off for fun.”
”Some of their interplay and movement would have caused any team a problem and unfortunately it was us. Adebayor and Saha were a real handful.”
”I’m not sure we’ll come under the same circumstances again – in terms of the start they had, the team they’ve got, the sort of personnel they’ve got, the feeling for Harry and for the players.”
”It was unusual circumstances and it was Spurs’ day. But we’ll have our day.” ”We’re on a decent run. We’ve won four of our last six or seven Premier League games – something like that.”
”We’re a team that doesn’t get into the sort of trouble that we got into on Saturday as a rule. But we know there were things that we perhaps need to concentrate on, at least away from home.”
”I’m armed with a little bit more information now.” ”The positives were the second half where we didn’t lose our head, we didn’t go kicking them or getting someone sent off by doing something stupid,”
”We had a little discipline in our tackling and our covering and we threatened the goal as well.” “In that we can have something to lean on – but we had perhaps too many key players missing.”
It’s true we had three players missing who would have made a big difference yesterday.
Cheick Tiote plays in the final of the African Cup of Nations tonight for the Ivory Coast against Zambia, and then he will return to Newcastle.
And Yohan Cabaye served the last game of his three match ban for the violent conduct charge he picked up at Brighton, and Ryan Taylor will be fit again from his ankle injury.
They would have made some difference yesterday, but we need Newcastle to pay back the fans with a committed performance in the next two home games against Wolves and Sunderland.
And two wins in those games will have us keeping pace with the battle for 4th place, because Liverpool and Chelsea are struggling, and maybe Arsenal too.
But our goal difference has taken a hammering of course, and it’s the worst one of any side in the top seven.
That could even be a key for Newcastle, and at worst could prevent us from gaining a place in European competition next season.
But yesterday’s game is over, it’s history, and we were well beaten.
But it ‘s now onto the next game in two weeks time against Wolves, and we have a decent chance of taking all 3 points from that game, and the lads need to show some real fight and commitment in that home game.
A win will take us to 45 points, just one point short of last season’s total, and we’ll still have 12 games to play – and that cannot be bad.
Howay The Lads!!