Pardew Admits To Making Tactical Mistake In Second Half

We thought it was exactly what the Doctor ordered when Newcastle were all over Wolves early in the game yesterday.

Jonas Gutierrez after scoring great goal yesterday

And two good goals scored in the first 18 minutes by Papiss Cisse and Joans Gutierrez, and things were starting to look up.

But even when the lads were 2-0 up at home in front of over 52,000 faithful fans, we still couldn’t get the job done and the team wilted in the second half.

Heaven help us next week if the same thing happens against Sunderland, that’s all we’ll say,  and hope for the best against the old  rivals next Sunday afternoon.

Alan Pardew admits to making a  tactical mistake yesterday,  when he didn’t change the formation quickly enough in that second half,  when Wolves packed the midfield with five players across the park.

This is what Alan had to say after the game:

“It was two points gone, but we need to take the point and say ‘Let’s move on’,”  “Two-nil is always a scoreline where, if they can get that goal, if they get the next one they’re back in the game.”

“I just felt if I could have changed it just before I did we could have restricted that.”  “But the five in midfield worked for them – and fair play to the players and management there, they did a good job and deserved their point.”

“There was a little bit of after effect from Spurs,”  “We could have pushed in a little bit more – especially our full-backs – but we were a bit nervous after being given the runaround at Tottenham.

“I think that had an effect. But we were far better for that performance, I could be a lot more disappointed than I am, because it’s a game where some of our players have played below their level.”

“In particular the players who came back in, they needed that game. Cheick in particular had to get back up to Premier League speed – Cabaye started to get some form towards the end of the game I thought. I think we will be better set for next weekend.”

We hope Cheick and Yohan will be better next Sunday against Sunderland,  because if we are to get the win and stop a side from scoring goals – finally – they’ll have to be at or near their best form.

But it’s a sad state of affairs when our best side yesterday,  couldn’t get the job done after roaring ahead by 2-0 before 20 minutes of the game had been played.

I suppose we have to be thankful that we at least got a point, because we could have also lost the game yesterday, such was the lack of confidence at the back in those final 45 minutes.

But Newcastle must now bring in at least two new top defenders this summer, and that’s assuming we keep all our current back line,  including both Coloccini and Simpson.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 26, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #1

    After winning countless trophies on football manager i can officially say using my vast experience in the game, that yes Pardew you got it wrong……………………….


  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 26, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Pardew, the basic golden rule for a manager is to never use subs during set-pieces. That’s BASIC.

    And about tactical mistakes, well.. its just one of the many games his tactical mistakes cost us points.Even at the 20th minute, when we were 2-0 up, only the scoreboard at the top left hand corner of my screen that was fantastic to watch.

    The football on display was atrocious. Wolves without players like Bassong and Fletcher and having Barcelona-esque possession of over 60% almost the entire game in our homeground.

    Since Cabaye came to us, he looks nowhere the player he used to be. Doesn’t get forward, 1 good game and disappears the next 5, and no through balls whatsoever which apparently he is well known for. what’s going on with him?

  • shearermania

    Feb 26, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    Comment #3

    we didnt loose the points because of tactics we lost them because we didnt get a centre back signed in the jan transfer window….willo was way below par yesterday – from the first minute when he got beat by doyle…..he was shocking……..the defense is our weak link thats for sure

  • Premiership Manager

    Feb 26, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #4

    I had a feeling this would be a hard game and although I’ve been very positive regarding Pardue and what we have achieved to date since the Xmas break there have been some very worrying signs.

    The fact that we didn’t sign a CB in the window in addition to the fact Collo and Simpson have declined the contracts offered does hint that there may be issues that still need to be resolved at the club.

    We have a good squad however I don’t believe that Guthrie should have been dropped yesterday.

    To go 2-0 up and then concede two goals in the second half is very poor man management. One goal you can accept but the fact that we had no response and gave away a second is unacceptable.

    For Pardue to accept it is also unacceptable as he has a job to do. We have a very good squad with some very good players and what we can’t afford is for them or the fans to lose faith in the manager and his tactics.

  • CabayeTheBabe

    Feb 26, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #5

    everybody forget’s that this is Cabaye’s first season in the premier league.. also the way pardew wants his to play means cabaye can’t attack too much…


    Feb 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Is this bloke Roman Ameistiano……….thingabejig…….any good?
    Seeing reports this morning we are going to sign him

  • AndyMac

    Feb 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Isnt Williamson at least six inches taller than Doyle ? So wtf cant he outjump him ?

    “I just felt if I could have changed it just before I did we could have restricted that.” “But the five in midfield worked for them – and fair play to the players and management there, they did a good job and deserved their point.”

    Couldnt make that up,

  • AndyMac

    Feb 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Apparently he’s only 4 and a half inches taller 🙁


    Feb 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Williamson is simply not good enough for a top half team. He is too immobile. Time and time again we have been made to look like idiots against pacey forwards. Taylor has been missed, but he seems to get injured quite often. We need a fast, strong centre back in the summer to cover for Taylor when he inevitably does get injured. The problem then becomes keeping three good centre backs happy. Then Alan Pardew’s management skills get tested.

  • Byker Boy

    Feb 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Well that explains it hes shrunk 1 and a half inches .

  • OZ2

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11

    How about Perch in for Willo against the Scum ?

  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #12

    OZ2.. perch for Willo id say yes he couldn’t be worse thats for sure.. oh and perch can run

  • oo aa demba ba

    Feb 26, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Oz and RobertLee

    have you witnessed perch playing centre back? he’s nothing short of atrocious! his position is solely as a much lesser tiote in front of the back four. When he has played at centre back he gets bullied and caught out of possession and doesnt win anything in the air. As bad as I think Williamson is because he is static, doesnt win enough for his height and cannot bandle pace in the slighest, he is still our best option alongside coloccini since we failed (or didnt even try) to bring one in in the january transfer window

  • Jinky Jim

    Feb 26, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #14

    one up against Fulham then what?
    two up against wolves then what?
    Yes AP you got it wrong again, now what?
    If I were you I,d just settle for hoof ball again,so what!


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