Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hoping that his players will learn from their mistakes yesterday, and those errors robbed us of what could have been our first victory at Old Trafford in 40 years, but one reason the manager looked so miserable after the game was that it was our experienced back-line that made the errors that lost us this particular game.
Alan Pardew – let down by his experienced players
Alan Pardew hopes his players will now learn from the mistakes they made:
“I genuinely feel for the players, but at the same time we have to learn.” “There’s no point saying ‘we’ve put in a great performance’, because we got nothing.” “I can’t remember a defeat being as painful, if I’m honest.”
“I genuinely think we could have won – we scored three goals and had some great opportunities.” “We hit the post and the bar.” “You’ve got to be able to defend that situation – the last goal was galling.”
“We’ll be asking questions of ourselves for at least one of their goals, for sure.” “There were so many good things.” “It was such a young midfield.” “A little bit of inexperience in there has let them come on to us.”
It’s hard to remember when Alan Pardew looked so miserable or shaken after a Newcastle game, but that’s how he looked during his first few interviews yesterday, and we think what’s galling to him was that it was the experienced back five who let in two poor goals that put paid to everything the lads did well yesterday – and it’s still a defeat – another defeat.
We’ve now lost almost half of our games as we reach the half way point – 19 games played and 9 defeats – and in the 38 games last season we suffered only 11 defeats and had 19 wins – and right now we have only five wins in the first half of the season – so it’s really a dramatic downturn in performance from one season to the next.
That’s what happens when you lose seven of nine league games.
We have to hope for a stellar second half to the season when we should get some of our players back – but it will now be difficult – very difficult – to make the top six – although not impossible.
But another defeat at Arsenal on Saturday will be very hard to take.
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