To concede goals from set plays is never very good for any side, since the lads practice defending corners and free kicks every week in training, but the two goals in the first 16 minutes yesterday were both from corners, and Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra were there to head the ball home almost unchallenged.
Alan Pardew – disappointed with defending
And every corner that came over in that first half seemed to spell danger for Newcastle, and of course it could have been a lot worse than 2-0 at the half – so we were even a bit lucky in that first 45 minutes.
This is what Alan said about that today to the local press:
“As organised as we are and the work we put in, we are gutted with the two goals.” “They were two set-plays. It’s not like it was magical football.”
“They were two great deliveries but we should still defend better.” “For us it was a disappointing start.” “But you have to hold your hands up sometimes because they were on fire.”
“Three or four decisions may have given us a release from the pressure but they never came our way.” “We seemed to lose a few decisions. Everything was going against us.”
It was simply a bad day at the office and we cannot have the same thing happen at the Stadium of Light, and we have to get a result there in our next game a week come Sunday.
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