It’s never good to get hammered by a score of 5-0.
Alan Pardew – not happy on Saturday
And it’s even worse when you put in one of the worst performances of the season.
And that’s what happened to Newcastle on Saturday at White hart Lane, when we went into that game having won five of the last seven league games and we were 5th top of the league and on a high.
Alan Pardew was even a little gung ho when he said his side would attack Tottenham.
But we were simply creamed, and met a side we couldn’t live with in that first half, and we were 4-0 down after only 34 minutes and it was like the Arsenal game last February all over again.
But there would be no comeback on Saturday, and we did well to to concede only one more goal during the whole game.
The 5-0 scoreline shattered our goal difference, but that’s about all, because we don’t expect to go to a top four side and win there.
And Alan Pardew has come out and accepted the responsibility of the defeat, and all good leaders do that, and shield their teams from too much criticism.
Alan thought we played in too attacking a formation in 4-4-2.
But this is Newcastle, and the fans are passionate to the extreme, so there has been much criticism and a lot of it has even been over the top.
But this is also the best side we’ve had since Bobby Robson managed the club, and after all we did have three of our best players missing last Saturday – Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote and Ryan Taylor and they will all be back for the next game.
That’s at home against Wolves a week come Saturday, and we will be expected to win that game, and if we don’t there’s every right not to be happy.
But we are nowhere near the team that Tottenham looked on Saturday, let’s just remember that.
But all that tells Alan Pardew and the Newcastle Board is how and where we have to further improve the side to challenge in that top four.
And it’s amazing that Newcastle are still just one point our of 4th place right now, after spending so little money on building the side last summer, although we did dish out £9M for Papiss Cisse, who looks worth every penny.
So maybe we need to cool it just a bit and support the lads big time against Wolves, and maybe a win there and we could even find ourselves in 4th place in the league table.
It wasn’t pretty on Saturday, but if you look at the big picture, then Newcastle are still having a fantastic season.
And that cannot be bad.
Howay The Lads!!