Alan Pardew was not happy with the performance of Newcastle this afternoon at Reading, and he says he’s concerned with some of the performance levels of the players – but the good news is that Steven Taylor was taken off as a precaution, and he should be OK for next Sunday at Old Trafford – that’s what Alan Pardew is hoping in any case.
Demba Ba – after scoring fantastic first goal for Newcastle
This is some of what Alan Pardew told nufcTV immediately after the game this afternoon:
“Yes, I’m pleased with the point, but we’ve not played well and the the performance levels are a worry for me, we’re picking up points through spirit and we cannot rely on that all the time, but we’ve got to play a lot better then that as we go forward.”
“This was a tough game today, the intensity out there and the pace and energy Reading showed looking for their first win, and we still wouldn’t give it, and we managed to get a point.”
“The goal was right out of the top drawer and that’s what the Premier League is all about – sometimes you don’t play well and two of your best players come up with
the magic moment – the pass from Tiote was right on the money, and for Demba Ba to get that timing of that hit, you are one of the top players to do that – a fantastic goal – it got us back in the game.”
“We’re hoping Steven Taylor is OK, there’s a little strain in there, and that’s his bad leg so we didn’t want to chance it. And that disruption cost us a couple of goals if I’m honest, since we were OK until then – hopefully he’ll be OK for United next Sunday.”
Steven Harper had another excellent game today, but it was Demba ba who saved us with two good goals, the first one being simply fantastic – and the second one – yes – he put that one in with his hand.
But we’ll take a point in a game in which we didn’t play very well – especially in that second half.
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