Alan Pardew gave his press conference yesterday and the mantra, at least for that press conference yesterday for the Stoke game tonight was “tell it like it is – and don’t make excuses”. And we have to think that John Carver has whispered in Alan’s ear that Newcastle fans don’t like to hear excuses – we had enough of that when Graeme Souness was manager.
Pardew looking to our big players – like Demba Ba
And Alan was certainly straight to the point telling us all that top players Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye are out until February, and we’d just have to get on with it – with the players we currently have.
And Al;an is now relying on his top players – who were all great last season – to start showing the form and the determination and spirit to turn this thing around for Newcastle United.
This is some of what Alan said yesterday:
“There are a few players hurting from their performances but great players fight that and are able to answer the criticism.” “When you lose three games in a row at Newcastle, it’s coming your way and you have to deal with that. As a manager I am now looking to my big senior players.”
“I am looking to Ba, Cissé, Colo, Krul, Santon, Cheick, Simpson to see us through this period.” “There are a few egos being knocked. I think that is understandable and not a bad thing. But it’s about the reaction and how you react to it.”
“We are well aware that the fans are restless for a performance, let alone a win, but so are we.” “We have had some unfortunate blows with injuries and I think the fans need to help us along the way.”
“Whatever their opinion is, if the team is playing poorly or the manager has made an incorrect decisions, we really need them because if they turn their back on us we will really have a problem.”
“They haven’t done that so far and the media criticism in today’s society and modern football world is part and parcel of what goes on. You have to deal with it.” “The criticism is warranted to a certain degree, because the performance level hasn’t been great in the Premier League.
“In Europe we have tried to find a pattern that works for us, but in doing so we have harmed ourselves with injuries and a little bit of fatigue, as much as we have tried to protect that group of players who we feel will be important for us on a Sunday.”
“But we aren’t moaning about it. We have qualified in Europe, so we have achieved something already this season.” “You can’t take that positive away. We have won three games and now we have to try and win another three very quickly.””
And that word “quickly” is very important because the longer we are dragged down at the bottom of the table, the more likely it will be that we’ll stay there,. and it’s a very sobering thought, after last season’s wonderful exploits, that we’ll be fighting it out at the bottom of the league this season.
Please let that not be the case.
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