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.