Alan Pardew blamed himself after he had played an attacking 4-4-2 formation against Spurs, who were in top form on Saturday and played brilliantly in that first half.
Alan Pardew – pensive on Saturday – we’re not surprised
In fact they were so good that they have probably bridged the gap with the two Manchester clubs, but it’s going to be sad for the Tottenham fans, if they lose Harry Redknapp to England after this season.
Harry is hardly going to turn down the chance the manage his country, but it may take England some money to pry him free from Spurs, and Tottenham have every right to get ample compensation for letting Harry go.
It should be interesting to see who Spurs appoint as their new manager if Redknapp does leave.
Alan Pardew took responsibility when he talked to nufcTV immediately after the game, when he even looked a bit shell-shocked, but took responsibility for the defeat.
In retrospect Alan would probably have played a 4-5-1 formation which some club like the two Manchester clubs play most of the time.
Maybe we’ll do that when we visit the Emirates next month.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“We have two good strikers but they didn’t have a chance at Spurs.” “Papiss isn’t going to win you the game when you’re 2-0 down after five minutes.”
“We need to be able to cope with having two strikers.” “The Press and the fans have criticised us when we have played 4-5-1 at times this year.”
“Now they understand why.” “It was a game for us that we could lose.” “The unfortunate thing is the manner of it and the scoreline, because the goals against column isn’t looking so pretty.”
“That might be crucial in 13 games time. We will have to wait and see.”
After all, we didn’t expect to get anything out of the game on Saturday, and the only thing that was bad was the 5-0 scoreline and that did our goal difference no good at all, and that could be an extra point when the season ends in mid-May.
Playing 4-5-1 against the good teams away from home, at least allows us to stay in the game, which we couldn’t do on Saturday.
And then if we are level with about 20 minutes to go, there’s always a chance of winning the game, especially with Ba and Cisse in the side.
And we see that Mick McCarthy has been sacked by Wolves, after yesterday’s 5-1 humiliation to West Brom in the black country derby, so we don’t know if Wolves will have a new manager a week on Saturday, when we meet Wolves at St. James’ Park.
We’re not sure if that will be good or bad for Newcastle, but it’s a game we have to win at St. James’ Park, that’s for sure.