It’s probably a decent indication of how far we’ve come over the last three years that most of us were bitterly disappointed with the result of the game yesterday, and the performance from our lads in that first half.
Alan Pardew – it’s not a disaster
I was not a happy man after the game yesterday, as the expectations had been so high, and it was funny when my daughter Elaine called me after the game – before she left on a business trip this week for her Makeup Artistry work – and she immediately said something like:
“I know Newcastle got beat – Mam told me to be beware – so I’m very sorry about that but …….”
That brought me back to reality and I started to laugh about it, and I suppose things are brightening up a bit, and it’s really true what Alan Pardew has said today – that we shouldn’t treat yesterday as a disaster – although that was my reaction during and after the game yesterday.
And I got the usual from my wife Madeline after the game – something she’s told me repeatedly for over 40 years now:
“It’s only a game”
This is what Alan said today – to try to ease the pain of defeat:
“I don’t think it is a massive setback.” “If we get beaten 3-0 by one of the lesser sides, for sure, you’d start looking at your team. But that was against a team that had a lot of talent in there in Manchester United.”
“And it fell for them a little bit.” “At 2-0 we got a goal that you’re still saying, ‘Is it over?’ or ‘Is it not over?’ “I’ve looked at the video and I’m still not sure.” “I don’t know what the boy words it up as but it’s definitely a cross.”
“Those two incidents probably decided the fate of the game in the end.” “We have had a whole lot of games, seriously.” “A few of our players have played too many minutes – Willo and Perchie especially.”
“They were gallant. Hopefully we’ll have a few options back and that will help.”
And when that Cisse header didn’t go in – or should I say when it wasn’t called as a goal – we knew right then that it was just not Newcastle’s day – because a goal then and we were right back in the game.
We’ll have to just hammer Sunderland in our next game – that’s the only thing that matters now.
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