Pardew – It Was A Galling Defeat – We Deserved A Point

Newcastle suffered a terrible let down in London tonight when Arsenal won the game in the  95th minute.

Alan Pardew – to lose that way is galling

Newcastle played very well and surely deserved to take something out of this game, but luck again was not on their side and Arsenal registered their 5th league win in a row but found Newcastle must harder than Tottenham in their last league win.

Alan Pardew was disappointed after Newcastle conceded in the 5th minute of added time.

Tell me about it!

Newcastle had taken the lead with a good opportunist effort by Ben Arfa for his 4th goal of the season, but Robin van Persie equalized within 53 seconds as Newcastle switched off.

And Danny Simpson was injured towards the end of the game but had to carry on as Newcastle had used all three subs.

This is what Alan had to say to Sky Sports after the game:

“Last minute defeats are galling. Unfortunately our right-back, Danny, got injured and we couldn’t replace him as we had already made three subs,” 

“We’ve had such a great season, but even in great seasons you’re going to have days that do not go your way” “The sort of effort we put in tonight, it was a really committed performance to try and get something against a side that are really in form.

“The pushed and they pushed and unfortunately we didn’t have the legs left at the end to see it through.”  “We switched off after we scored and almost gifted them the first goal.

“But we’ve defended well. We could have a bit more threat and keep the ball a bit better. But it’s difficult, they are a tough team.”

When Newcastle went ahead it would have helped if  we had held the lead more than a minute and Alan agreed maybe that would have made a difference:

“That might have made a difference, but I think really we put such an effort in that we were just running out of steam.”  “The five extra minutes did not help us, you could say that they put those on for this and that.”

A lot of the stoppage time was added for Tim Krul wasting time, and yes he may have overdone it a bit,  but van Persie didn’t exactly cover himself in glory with his antics either.

Let’s hope they don’t act like that when they are playing for Holland in the summer.

Alan   talked about the apparent time wasting:

“The goalkeeper is going to take his time, we’re doing such an effort we have to wait for our strikers to get set and we’re away from home,” 

“Maybe he took a bit long with one or two, and it is frustrating for home fans, but you couldn’t fault us for commitment or effort and we have to make sure that last-minute goal does not impact Saturday’s performance because obviously we are very, very disappointed.”

“We’ve had such a great season, but even in great seasons you’re going to have days that do not go your way. I cannot look anyone in the eye in there and say they did not deserve something from the game.”

One thing that was hard to take is the TV commentators have to be less for the big sides, and at half time over here in the US, Steve McManaman at half time said Newcastle would tire in the second half and Arsenal would get the goals to win the game.

They should remain a little bit more objective, but there again I suppose Newcastle have to get second place in the league or thereabouts to get the biased  treatment that Arsenal get by the commentators.

That’s the challenge for Newcastle and we have to turn up with our very best form against Norwich at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

We have to play at our best against the lesser sides and get some wins.

Howay The Lads!!

11 comments so far

  • t00ntime

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #1

    the most important thing is we finally stopped the 5 goal drubbings!

    the bad news we have started a new run, yet another game we scored first in yet lost.

    Arsenal shudnt of had 11men on the field! Arterta put his hand out and accidently hit shola in the face, fair enough but why did he push his face backwards for 10/15 seconds… the ref watched him do it and he didnt get yellow

    another game where I felt sorry for ba lots of the time he was used as a ladder and yet no free kicks…

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Tough game today. To put in perspective. We were playing probably the team in the prem that is playing best atm on their turf.

    Nice to see a tight defense back. The goal was a schoolboy error but look at the stats, it could have been a lot more.

    I feel Pardew did good with tactics except for Obertan. If he can gamble on him then why not gamble on someone like Vuckic who has always been trained for that role that Obertan did tonight. He just was non existent and it placed more pressure on Ba.

    HBA proved why he should be in the starting line up. He may have given away possession a few times but he also serviced everyone. His off the ball work was excellent always available and i think when he plays he encourages more movement from the rest of the team.

    We put in a good shift, were dominated at times but compared to recent performances it was nice to see something.

    My ratings

    Krul: Good keeper, seems to be building up a temper was solid under pressure today.
    Simmo: GIVE HIM SOME SLACK once again cleared off the line always puts in a shift. Solid defender
    Colo: Again solid. Reads the game very well. Only flaw is his pace.
    Willo: Did better than he has been. Improvement from past few games.
    Santon: GOOD TO SEE SOME DISCIPLINE FROM HI TODAY NOT ALWAYS RUNNING FORWARD. IT ALLOWED JONAS TO ATTACK A BIT MORE. Still not 100% on him being a defender though. Made one really good run that nearly got us a goal though.
    Tiote: Consistent. Although seemed a bit weaker on the ball today.
    Cabaye: has those games where he looks non existent but he serviced his men around him well. Helped out Benny a lot but did give away possession more than usual for him.
    Jonas: Looked slightly more energetic than usual today. I prefer him when he roams though. Always more lively.
    HBA: Possibly our best player today along with Simmo adn Colo. Always providing options for team mates. Tons of energy (was everywhere) Scored a good goal needs to play rest of season.
    Obertan: Might aswell have been playing without. Although one bit of credit to him was that he did make a few canny passes out to Benny. He just has no hold up play. He runs to far and is easily wrestled off the ball. Would have liked to see Guthrie on with Tiote and Cabaye instead as Guthrie can play nice passing football would have also allowed Cabaye to get more into the game. We are wasting Cabayes attacking capabilities.
    Ba: Worked their defense well must have been knackered at the end and took a lot of beatings. With a good partner I have no doubts he would have scored at least 1. He was alone most of the game.

    Perch: Puzzling substitution. couldnt understand what it was aiming at but he did show an improved read of the game. Being up against Walcott and he held up. A player that is coming along I feel. But better suited to a DM role, Perhaps if he replaced Obertan because it would have alowed Cabaye to get more involved in attacks. Also I know from his time at Forrest he is half decent on the attack Perchy.
    Shola: Some nice hold up play. He did make some nice tiny touches that will go unnoticed by many. He ran though and even if we got nowt out of it he still troubled their defense at times. Wouldnt have minded seeing him play with Ba for longer they seem to have an understanding.

    Again i think we should have played Vuckic with Ba. Hes an actual midfielder. We have seen he has a hell of a shot at times on him and he has done well at Cardiff. He will be match fit and full of confidence.

    Pardew: Came into the game with the right tactics but in reality was Obertan the right man for them? No. He made some puzzling changes that while i wouldnt say cost us the game they did prevent us from having a chance of winning it.

    Wonder what it would be like with Cisse as a lone striker. Although I think Pards got it right with Shola over Cisse today (although I wouldnt have put a second striker on).

    The thing is that while it may have appeared to be a 4-5-1 it wasnt the right 4-5-1. that 5th midfielder needed to be a player with passing ability. Obertan was just as inefffective as Cisse was against the Scum

  • pbNcl

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Well done pardew, your getting us some gaul

  • Trent Toon

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #4

    It was one of those games where arsenal deserved 3 points and we deserved 1. To bad it doesn’t work like that!

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #5

    I think it is vital we take at least 7 points from next 3 games. Swansea will be a very tough game unless. Similar today but with less of a goal threat. I say this not because they beat City but because we seem to fail most when teams out play us with passing football.

    If we can develop some passing play I say we stick with this formation (at least in first halfs and outclass in midfield like at the beginning of the season.

    I am a bit worrried that the size of tonights game was the reason why we went in stronger than lately.

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Trent Toon

    100% agree. They deserved 3 like we did against the scum. But our willingness to not back down deserved us a point. If I were neutral I wouldnt begrudge either team for taking all 3 tbh.

  • t00ntime

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #7

    @pbNcl what does ur name stand for XD

    I’m guessing


    but dont know the b

  • spitfire_

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #8

    We deserve a sh!t… we was lucky all the way. I wonder which numbers watch Pardew after the game.

  • pbNcl

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Wahey! Would be class if that’s what it was! That’s an omen that, champs league within 2 seasons I say

  • Rob1971

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #10

    To be honest i thought we deserved nothing out of tonights game, we were battered second half and did not have a an attempt at goal the entire second half, i could not understand the reason for playing orbertan in that position, i felt sorry for ba as he has had nothing to play with, it was arsenal tonight but zour negative performances the last few months have been depressing and worrying.

  • bigmattyn

    Mar 13, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #11

    A lot of you must be on crack or must not have watched the game. I was there and it was a pretty poor performance only made better by the fact we didn’t concede the 6 or so good chances they had. 61% possesion to our 39%, 23 shots to our 4. All we did was hoof it out and wait for another attack….not exactly the type of football to play if we want to play the attacking football Pardew spoke about before the game.

    I’m a big fan of Pardew and commend what he’s done for our club but I was disappointed with our tactics/performance last night, even if there were some good individual performances


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