Alan Pardew was disappointed with Newcastle conceding a rather sloppy goal to Kevin Nolan as the former Newcastle captain put the ball in the back of the net, when he was completely unmarked and only a few yards from the goal line.
Mohamed Diame guarded by Jonas and Santon yesterday
And it was revenge for Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll against their former clubs, and also another win against Newcastle by West Ham and former Newcastle manager – Sam Allardyce.
Alan Pardew was not a happy man after the game and he find himself under some pressure to win the game at home top Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, and he had this to say in the local press today:
“The first 20 minutes we were not at our best.” “We need to get the crowd behind us and get them involved and we did not. We kicked ourselves for going behind.”
“Unfortunately in the second half we just could not get a goal, although one of the decisions looks very tight.” “We have to score one or two goals in every home game. It was disappointing.”
“We conceded a goal we should not have conceded. Then we played better in the second half.” “We should have started the game better than we did, though.”
It was a typical performance from a Sam Allardyce side, as they were physical and rugged, and used the quick path to the opposing goal by swinging in those high crosses for Andy Carroll, but the Newcastle defense handled the crosses quite well throughout the course of the game.
It wasn’t pretty to watch but it looks like Alan was expecting West Ham to try to grind out a result at St. James’ Park:
“That is what they are going to do.” “They have been doing that all season. They make it difficult for you.” “I cannot fault my players for their endeavor but we were lacking a bit of quality.”
It was a good crowd who saw Newcastle go down to a home defeat for the second time in the league this season, and the crowd was only a couple of hundred short of capacity.
Whether Newcastle can fill the stadium next Saturday against Swansea is another question, but the lads will need the support of the Newcastle fans this week and on Saturday, if we are to get back on track.
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