Alan Pardew was almost as bad as Steve Bruce was a year last January, in the way both managers celebrated their team’s last gasp equalizers in stoppage time.
Alan Pardew overdid the celebration after Shola scored
We all get caught up in the emotions of these games of course, and Alan Pardew was saved by a certain Shola Ameobi, from being the first manager since Bobby Robson back in November of 2000, in losing a home game to the old enemy Sunderland.
Alan knew he had overdone the celebration thing, and he was very straight about it when he talked to reporters after the game:
“I have seen it again and I did not cover myself in glory. I just felt a little bit of justice. I was just really angry so many physical challenges were going in.”
“They were unnecessary if I am honest. We got wrapped as well, it was not just them.” “They did well in the first half and I was proud of the second half.”
Usually the two managers relax after the games and have a glass of wine together, and both managers can be proud of their sides for a rip roaring game.
But it was too physical a lot of the time, with Sunderland having come in to try to upset the Newcastle players and put them off their game, which they succeeded in doing in that first 45 minutes.
Pardew said there were no hard feeling between him and Martin O’Neill after the game, and that’s good to hear:
“We had words on the side, he is passionate about his team and I am about mine.” “It will not carry on, we are two experienced pros and it will be dead and buried as far as I am concerned.”
“With the mind-set they were in with tackles and trying to upset us – I knew somebody was going to go.” “I did not expect Sessegnon to go because he had been very level-headed.”
“Nevertheless we won a penalty and it was justice – that was my emotion.” “We missed it but we still had the character to get the equalizer.” “It was a passionate game. We got wrapped up into Sunderland’s game plan.”
“Sunderland came here to upset us. Cattermole set the scene for the game (after a first half challenge on Tiote). I thought it was ugly if I’m honest.”
“They took the lead through a pull of a shirt, which we see a thousand times and they do not get given. It was a penalty but you could go to a thousand games and see that all the time.”
What Sunderland tried to do with Newcastle yesterday is what Arsenal, as one example, have to put up with in every game, as the opposition try to make it into a physical game against the smallish Arsenal players.
But Alan Pardew deserves credit for switching the Newcastle team around at half time, and we noticed he had Ben Arfa warming up during that first half.
Davide Santon is a good young player, but his defensive work is not the best part of his game, and we think Pardew could start Ryan Taylor in the left back spot and start Hatem Ben Arfa out on the right wing, in our next game next Monday night at the Emirates Stadium.
The Frenchman showed his supreme class yesterday, and the Newcastle manager knows he has to find some way to have the lad with the mercurial skills in the team – somewhere, somehow.
It was a good second half performance yesterday, and that gives us hope for the future 11 games, that we can again show some of our very best form and start winning games again.