Newcastle were much improved last night at Stoke than we had been in the dismal loss at Southampton last Saturday, but it was another loss, and a cruel one at that with two bad goals conceded in the last nine minutes of the game after Papiss Cisse had put Newcastle ahead with an opportunity goals a few minutes into the second half.
An unhappy looking Alan Pardew - after the game last night
And Alan Pardew is now coming under increased pressure to turn things around because although we have a lot of injuries we were only three players short of the best side we could have played – with Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor missing.
Alan Pardew said the lads carries out his game plan, but we were still beaten:
“Sometimes you have a game plan and your players see it through to the letter and it’s pretty galling to look them in the eye and say they’ve come away with nothing, which I had to do.”
“A couple of mistakes cost us the game, and we didn’t make many mistakes. It’s a tough result for us to take.” “That’s the sort of break you need when you’re on a run like ours and we didn’t get the penalty.”
“But I look at my team and it was such an improved performance. There was real commitment, a good balance to the team, and, if you’re going to get a victory, that’s the sort of performance that’s going to lead you to one.”
“We’re very much aware that it’s four defeats in a row and we can’t really complain about some of them.” “There are a lot of causes for concern – our injury list, the Europa League but there’s no need to harp on about them.”
Newcastle will need to snap out of this losing streak quickly if we are to keep above the drop zone, and now we’re only a couple of points above the Saints – who beat us 2-0 last weekend and gained three points on us.
Things are hardly in good shape at Newcastle at the moment, and at the end of last night’s game I wouldn’t have been the only Newcastle supporter who was absolutely stunned that we lost again.
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