Goals from Sergio Aguero, Javi Garcia and Yaya Toure were enough to give Manchester City thew win against Newcastle on Saturday at St. James’ Park and that’s the third home game in four that we have lost.
Alan Pardew – six defeats in the last eight league games
And another defeat means just one win in our last 11 games overall, and just 4 points form the last eight games in the Premier League, during which time we’ve picked up six defeats.
This is what manager Alan Pardew told nufcTV:
“We had some great performances and are not far away.” “I’ve been on runs like this with teams where you don’t look like you are going to score, and that is a worry. But we look like we’ve got bags of goals.”
“We created so many chances and on another day we would have got two or three.” “It’s that little bit of resilience, stop giving away soft goals at important times, and things could change.”
“We had a fantastic go at it. With the crowd starting to make an impact because we were making an impact, we got a goal.” “There were then two big chances for an equalizer – Demba in the six-yard box from the corner and Papiss Cisse right in the middle of the goal, where you would expect him to score.”
“They were just holding on really and trying to hit us on the break, and in their first real attack of the second half they scored. That decided the game really.”
Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and Davide Santon all played well on Saturday, but Davide still has to improve on his positional play and was at fault for the first goal, and was unlucky not to clear off the line for City’s second goal.
But that last sentence from Alan tells of how we are very fragile in defense these days, and it’s very hard to win games, when you keep leaking poor goals as we’ve done far too many times lately.
The back four of Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson and Santon is looking mediocre at the moment, and we just have to tighten up at the back.
We need to win our next game against QPR on Saturday, because then we start a tough three game schedule at Manchester United, Arsenal and at home to Everton.
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