Its seems that Alan Pardew said all the right things in the dressing room before the game at Wigan yesterday.
You should have kept the ball – Alan
And it certainly seems that he has said all the right things after the game, but Newcastle were still pummeled at the DW Stadium, because the Wigan players had about twice the intensity the Newcastle players had, at least in the first 45 minutes when they left the field 4-0 up.
But Alan Pardew has promised there will be the intensity at Chelsea on Wednesday night from his players, and Newcastle are likely to face a weakened Chelsea side, since the London club take on Liverpool three days later in the FA Cup Final.
This is what Alan said after the game:
“It’s disappointing because we said all the right things in the dressing room – not to be complacent and to give them the respect they deserve – and we got caught out by that one word, intensity.”
“The fourth goal, which was an absolutely special goal, was key because I knew if I could get them in at half-time I could tighten it up, get some intensity in our play and we’d get chances.”
“I don’t see a problem in any of my players,” “We failed as a team, not as individuals. It will be important we go to Chelsea with an away-game mentality which I didn’t think we had today.”
“When you’ve won six on the trot, you can go away from home expecting to win. That will put a shock into the players.” “People said if we won at Wigan we’d have a great chance of the Champions League, even though we’d got three tough fixtures.”
“Well, we lost at Wigan and those tough games might be a good thing.” “I know the intensity will be there on Wednesday and it will be a tough game for Chelsea, bearing in mind they’ve got the cup final on Saturday.”
“Champions League football is not away from us by any stretch of the imagination.”
You have to give enormous credit to Wigan for their performance yesterday, and of course they have been great in previous recent games.
They were the better side against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, and deserved to win those those three games – which they did.
They also deserved something out of their game at Chelsea, but some hopeless officiating gave Chelsea two goals and the win, and both goals were later seen to be offside in TV replays, with the winner coming in stoppage time.
It’s amazing that Roberto Martinez can get his players playing like this, at the business end of the season, but he is a very good manager, and we think he will finally be on his way to another club at the end of the season.
The drama for Newcastle may not be over however, and a win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in our game in hand, could turn everything in Newcastle’s favor.
That’s what we are hoping for.
And Alan Pardew has taken a beating in some of the comments after the game, which is a little unfair for a guy who has performed wonders at Newcastle.
Alan is a great man-manager and we are expecting to see a hungry and motivated Newcastle side in each of the last three games of the season.
That starts on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge and a 7th win in eight games is not out of the question four our lads, who have been brilliant this season.
Howay The Lads!!