Before the Liverpool game, the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had talked about his team getting more rhythm, and being able to control the game more, but yet again last Sunday we hardly controlled the game in the second half, after we had gone 1-0 up at the half, after another great goal from French International Yohan Cabaye.
Alan Pardew – we must have control of the game
We hardly dictated the tempo of the game at Liverpool at all, and in fact Liverpool dictated the tempo almost the whole game, so it’s disappointing after the squad had a full week of training, that we were outplayed last Sunday, although in retrospect it was a very good point for the lads, and they showed they are still as resilient as they were last season.
This is what Alan Pardew said about what he wants to see more of from the Newcastle side:
“We have not got the control of the game that I would like. I have always said that is very important for the club, what we had last year and that’s what we lost against West Brom in the second half, the control of the game.
“If you’re winning games in the Premier League you do not always have to look a great team, rhythmically great. You have got to have control of the game and that is what has worried me more than us aesthetically looking good.
“When the opposition has a grip of the game, that should not happen to us as much as it has this year.”
Newcastle will play tomorrow night in Belgium and have a chance to show more control when we face Club Brugge for a second time in the Europa League, and they are without a manager at the moment.
And then we take on West Ham United on Sunday, with Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll both returning to St. James’ Park, and surely we can get all 3 points from the Hammers and start putting some wins together.
We hope so.
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