We first heard it from young Gael Bigirimana, and today Steve Harper has mentioned that Alan Pardew was hardly a happy man in the dressing room after the 2-2 draw at Reading where Newcastle were nowhere near their best form, and gave the ball away far too many times.
Alan Pardew – not a happy man on Sunday
Newcastle are now literally in mid-table and in 10th place with 9 points from our first six league games, and that’s 3 points less than we had at the same time last year – when we had 3 wins and 3 draws in the first six games.
Newcastle have the home games against Bordeaux and then the home games against Manchester United, before we again have a two week International break (it gets so boring when we’re not playing), before we take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, 21 st October. Another 5-1 win?
Steve Harper has said Alan Pardew has told the squad to sort themselves out, and quickly too, as the veteran goalkeeper had this to say in the local press today:
“The manager’s demanded a response.” “We’ve got two huge games on Thursday and Sunday, and he expects to see a response against a Bordeaux team that got a fantastic result in the Europa League.”
“And Manchester United at St James’s Park needs no build-up whatsoever.” “They’re two big games. We know for a fact the performances need to improve. When you go away from home, you need to earn the right to play, and we gave the ball away in bad areas at Reading, and brought a lot of pressure on ourselves.”
“The manager wasn’t happy with the performance.” “At half-time we knew if we improved we could have gone on to win the game.” “It was a disappointing performance, but our overall battling spirit saw us through.” “Obviously, the manager’s made it very, very clear that it needs to improve, and very quickly.”
“The gaffer wants us to come out of the traps quickly.” “I think Thursday’s game comes at a good time for us to put this performance behind us.” “If we can put in a good performance on Thursday night, we can carry that momentum into a very tough game against Manchester United.”
“The home European nights, when you get quality European opposition coming like Bordeaux, are special.” “Hopefully, we’ll get a good crowd in, and they can encourage the lads to put on a good display.” “I don’t know what will happen this week. Rob’s yet to have a game at St James’s Park, and he’s done well in the two games he’s played.”
And we would half expect Rob Elliot to get another run-out on Thursday, after his two previous excellent performances for Newcastle, and this will be Rob’s home debut if he plays – as Steve points out.
Steven Taylor will definitely miss the game against Bordeaux and he is supposed to be only 50-50 for the clash with Manchester United.
So we would be very surprised if he plays, since it’s probably wiser not to risk him, and give him another two weeks to recover from his hamstring strain, and be ready for Sunderland two weeks on Sunday.
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