Alan Pardew was down to earth when he was interviewed by Sky Sports after the game against Aston Villa today, and he was disappointed with the lack of discipline in some parts of the pitch, and he was right when he said the set plays were awful – again.
Ben Arfa - congratulated by Jonas on wonder goal – scored with right foot
No wonder Newcastle fans love this player
This is what Pardew told Sky Sports after the game today:
“I can’t say that we deserved to win and I could argue that Villa deserved to win, but I will take the draw.” “I thought we were a bit funny today. For us, we lacked a bit of discipline in areas and our set-plays were awful.”
“It was a really frustrating game from a coaching point of view. There was lots of excitement and a fantastic wonder goal for us, with chances at both ends.” “I think we had the bulk of the play and we were better in the second half, but they still had chances to have won it themselves.”
“Fair play to Paul and his team. I don’t think we will come across many teams that work as hard as them as they really worked hard.” “Ben Arfa’s been our bright spark, certainly our player of the month as he’s been terrific, but we’ve got one or two who are below par and we have to try and get them up to speed.”
“It will be difficult to match what we did last year, and we are trying to have a go. It’s been a good start by us, not a brilliant start, but a good, steady start.” “We’ve had some tough games and we caught Villa at the wrong time. After two defeats they were determined to come here and show an effort, and they really did work hard.”
Alan seems about right in his assessment, but a win today and we would have been 8th top and where we were for a lot of last season, but at the moment we are in 10th place and our next game in 15 days is a very tough one at Goodison Park.
It looked for the first 60 minutes that Villa were the better side and we were going to lose this game, and then a magnificent strike by Ben Arfa changed the game, and after that we could have even nicked it, although Aston Villa did not deserve to lose this game.
They looked a very good side, and Paul Lambert had them well organized and they should do just fine this season, once their new players get bedded in.
But there were also some bright spots to come out of this game today for Newcastle.
Vurnon Anita looked good in both central midfield and right back, and young Gael Bigirimana continues to looks a very good player at just 18 years old, and he put in an accomplished display today.
We were again lacking sharpness up front and the manager may have to try something different, with Cisse and Ba not looking good together in a 4-4-2 formation – maybe we should go back to a 4-3-3 formation?
But it’s only three games and Newcastle came back well in the second half, after being poor in that first half, and we’ll take the point for sure.
Keep the faith.
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