We had mentioned in one of our articles leading up to the game yesterday, that the last time we had heard Alan Pardew so upbeat and positive, and talking about attacking the opposition from the first whistle, was back at Tottenham earlier this year, when we conceded four goals in the first half and lost that game 5-0.
Alan Pardew – seems happy enough to work within strict financial constraints
And make no mistake about it, in the first 20 minutes yesterday things could have been a lot worse for Newcastle, and it was only that Manchester United missed some great chances – that it could have been as bad as it was at Tottenham and Wigan last season, when we were 4-0 down at the half.
Of course the big difference is that yesterday’s game was at home, and with the team we had out – there’s no way we could go toe to toe with the Red Devils, because we’re just not good enough without the likes of Tim Krul, Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor in the line-up.
We’ll never question the passion and determination of squad players like James Perch and Mike Williamson, and they perform well for us against the lesser opposition in the league, but when you are up against world-class opposition it’s hard for them to cope.
And we didn’t cope yesterday, and it didn’t help that Manchester United played their best game of the season yesterday.
So what do we do about?
Not too much other than to realize our squad needs improving, and we need at least another couple of top defenders and another top striker to come in as soon as possible, and of course keep the top players we have – but if don’t do well this season, some of them may even want to leave in the summer.
If we get those three players in during January (very small chance of that) and have injuries down the road – we may be able to cope a lot better than we did yesterday.
But for us yesterday’s performance and result was all about the opportunity Newcatsle missed in the summer to significantly strengthen the side.
But the good deals were just not there, or so we are told, but it’s a bit daunting, that we’ll only bring good players in when we can get on good deals and will not pay even £1M over the odds for top players Like Mathieu Debuchy or Douglas.
There’s something not quite right about that, and it means we’ll take some time in building up our squad so that we can again challenge for honors in the future.
But we were up against a very good side yesterday, and it was only one game, and we’re still very hopeful we’ll do well in the league this season.
What do you think?