Pardew – We Can Play A Lot Better Than Against Wolves

Alan Pardew was trying to keep upbeat after the game on Saturday,  when Newcastle let Wolves come back into the game with two second half goals, after Papiss  Cisse and Jonas Gutierrez had given Newcastle a flying start with goals in the 6th and 18th minutes.

Alan Pardew – not overly concerned

But it still felt at the end of the game that Newcastle had thrown two points away but it was also credit to the Wolves players for coming back so well in that seocnd half.

But we also knew that they would never give up hope, and they did the same thing as they in our game at Molineux, they came back fighting in the second half.

This is what Alan said after the game:

“It’s difficult to win four games at home – I think it was 2008, the last time we did that,”   “We have had a good run here at home and this was perhaps the first disappointment for a while.”

“But I am not overly concerned. We look like we have got a goal-threat up the top of the pitch, that’s the most important thing. The defensive side of it, we just need to adjust a little bit.”

“I just know that this team can play a lot better than that, but we had some positives.”   “We looked like we can get a goal, we looked like the two up top are going to score goals, Hatem did a nice cameo when he came on.”

“We have got assets to this team that are going to come to the fore in the next 12 games.”  “We have got a fantastic points total, and we will go to the next game.”

The disappointing thing from a Newcastle perspective was that Wolves’ first goal was a bit lucky as Matthew Javis’ shot deflected off Danny Simpson and looped over goalkeeper Tim Krul, who seemed to have the initial shot covered.

And the equalizer was a really poor goal to concede, as Mike Williamson  didn’t head away the incoming cross very well,  and Kevin Doyle was given two chances to put the ball in the net, which he managed to do on his second attempt.

It was good to have Yohan  Cabaye and Cheick Tiote back in the team, but they need a game or two to get back completely into the swing of things.

Although Newcastle will need to be at their best this Sunday when we play Sunderland at St. James’ Park, and that’s a must win game for the lads, and none of this letting sides back into the game, once we go ahead.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • redondo77

    Feb 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    all the talks after 5-0 hammering are all just bullshits, when we were 2-0 up, it’s just we don’t want to do anything else, it’s just pure BS!!!
    we can’t defend!!! since 1995 we can’t defend, but we were good in attack, you score 2 we score 3, kamikaze football. forget the F*ck#ng 442, we can defend even with 5 defenders. start using 352 or 343, bomb the opponent with attack and take control the midfield. we have more attack minded players than defensive minded. why the f@ck you play attacking players to do more defensive work than attacking, it’s just stupid.

  • LewSpi

    Feb 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    So, first of all, we need Chelsea to beat Birmingham and Spurs to beat Stevenage to get into the Quarters.

    Then we need Chelsea to beat Leicester, Spurs to beat Bolton and Liverpool to beat Stoke.

    One of the 3 will then draw the other and the remaining one will draw either Everton or the Mackems (probably Everton.) in the Semi’s.

    I so hope the Mackems don’t get into the final, Jesus that would be a bad sitch, we’d have to pray for 5th.

    Birmingham v Chelsea Tue 6 Mar 19:45
    Tottenham v Stevenage Wed 7 Mar 19:30

    Everton v Sunderland Sat 17 Mar 12:45
    Stevenage/Tottenham v Bolton Sat 17 Mar 17:30
    Chelsea/Birmingham v Leicester Sun 18 Mar 14:05
    Liverpool v Stoke Sun 18 Mar 16:00

  • jayphoto

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    it’ll be a mackems v liverpool final! that’d just be typical! Got a sneaky feeling we could finish above liverpool, seen them a few times this year and they don’t look great, and we still got to play them at home! Not looking forward to the away games at arsenal and chelsea but if we can get 6 wins that should give us enough for 6th! Id hope for wins against Mackems, Norwich, Bolton, Stoke at home! Also against liverpool at home because if we cant beat them at home we don’t deserve 6th place! Away games at wigan, West Brom (terrible at home) and everton are very winnable aswell! Swansea, Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea away I don;t really expect much tho!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Talk is cheap Pardew – been for a whole season now!

  • jayphoto

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    jesper – all season?? we’re 6th mate, not 16th

  • wynsleap

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Pardew – “We can play a lot better than against Wolves” – then why didn’t we?
    This guy talks too much and is always wise after the event.
    Maybe he has taken us as far as he is capable? (Remind you of the last words said about our previous manager?)
    Put it this way – he HAS to have us playing better next week or I foresee trouble in the camp.

  • martoon

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve had a couple of days now to reflect on the game on Saturday and while I’m still bitterly disappointed you have to give credit to Wolves. To be fair to Pardew he did try and change shape & tactics etc. with substitutions etc. but it just wasn’t to be. No doubt Pardew was heavily criticised for his substitutions but it doesn’t always work out. Look at Spurs on Sunday; Redknapp tried to change shape etc at half time and they got murdered 2nd half and he is being touted for the England job!
    I agree with others it is maybe time to give HBA a run in the team – especially home games. I’m not sure what the answer is to sort out the defense?

  • stuart no9

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    AP-” we can play a lot better” i know we can alan -but WHY arnt we doing it ? is it down to the players , or is it YOU!? i know where my money lies.!

  • Bao Zheng

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #9

    We have established a track record of sitting back and letting other teams play when we get in a winning position. I don’t know if this is complacency and blame the players and particularly the captain, or tactics, what Pardew calls controlling the game or 1-0 to the Arsenal in George Grahams day. What is obvious is that if you let them play for long enough even the most inept will score eventually.

  • Bao Zheng

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    And another thing, it’s a major red flag warning when your manager turns up for the match in a cardigan!!! What next pipe and slippers?

  • stuart no9

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Bao @9 if you look back at a lot of the games this season, we only play for 45 mins. WHY do they come out a different team in the 2nd half.. can you blame the players or the captain ? – once yes , twice maybe , but this happens on a regular basis.Some thing is said in that dressing room at half time which is having a negative effect on the players. I guess AP is telling the players – close the game lads 2-0 up dont push for another, we dont need it.sit back keep it tight. I really dont know. What else could it be for it too happen so often?

  • OZ2

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    No excuses accepted for Sunday Pardwho. Tactics and team selection have got to be better than against Wolves or you will get battered.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    jayphoto, we have played bad more or less all season; has nothing to do with the league table.

    It’s been a silly excuse for many this season; just except it.

    You confuse things – I didn’t talk about our lucky unexplainable league position – but since you mention it.

    The way we have been performing ever since the Citeh game probably shows our true self – still lucky – but true self.

    Add the point up since then, maybe deduct a few and see where we’ll finish 😉


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