It was another poor performance by Newcastle yesterday against Swansea, especially since it was at St. James’ Park, where we don’t expect to lose too many times in the season, but we’ve now lost three games of the four we’ve lost this in the league this season at St. James’ Park – and that’s not good.
Alan Pardew - during yesterday’s defeat
The strategy this year is to use our up and coming youngsters to fill in for the side when we have two games a week, so we can participate well in both the Premier League and the Europa League, but with the injuries and suspensions we have picked up this season, that simply isn’t working out too well.
And for instance yesterday, once Swansea scored, our lads seemed to lack conviction and as Alan Pardew has said – that’s because they are young and inexperienced.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game yesterday:
“Up until they scored I was in a fairly good mood.” “We had a young side out with a lot of experienced players missing, and we had a real good application to the game, a good shape to us and were putting good pressure on them.”
“We created numerous chances but just couldn’t get the goal, and I felt if we scored the goal then we would have been in a great position.” “Unfortunately they scored, and the period after that is where we lost a bit of confidence and shape.”
“You would expect that from a young side and with what happened last week.” “I have no complaints about the performances today, but we need our best players and we have to try and bring them back.”
Newcastle had chances to score yesterday, but we just couldn’t get the ball in the net, and Demba Ba had a few chances, which he usually puts away.
This is the first time in Alan Pardew’s tenure on Tyneside, that we have lost two games in a row at home, so things are hardly looking bright on Tyneside this morning.
Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have a decision to make, are they going to strengthen the side in January, so we can have better players to fill in for the top stars for the rest of the season, or are we going to just get by until the summer.
If it’s the latter we can kiss goodbye to being in Europe next season, but given how we have been unprepared for it this season, maybe that’s a good thing.
What do you think?
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