It was a crestfallen and upset Alan Pardew who talked to nufcTV’s Rob Scanlon after the game yesterday afternoon, after Newcastle had once again given away a winning position by conceding two poor goals in the last 20 minutes of the game at Old Trafford, and after being ahead three times in the game we still lost – and that was our 7th loss in the last 9 league games, which may explain why the Newcastle manager was so upset after the game.
Hernandez after scoring winning goal on 90 minutes
It was a fantastic game to watch but Newcastle have this rather worrying tendency to leak goals at the wrong times, and it happened again yesterday, just like it happened at Stoke and at Fulham when it looked we were going on to win those games, and yesterday we fell short by 4-3.
This is what Alan said after the game yesterday:
“You couldn’t fault our ambition or effort, but two soft goals have cost us today.” “We should win this game, I keep saying that and it isn’t good enough, so therefore I’m not pleased in any manner if I’m honest. I’m as disappointed as I’ve been as a manager.
“We’ve got so many regrets from the game and that is something you don’t want to come away from a football match with.” “Unfortunately if our players were a little bit better in different areas then we would have got something, for sure.”
“We were desperate to show our fans – who were brilliant – that we have great resolve and resilience in the team.” “But we are really disappointed with the last couple of goals. We should have done a lot better with those.”
When you score three goals away from home – especially at a place like Old Trafford – you should be winning the games – but the simple truth seems to be our defense is not up to it this season.
And we’ve now conceded 30 goals in our 19 league games, and in the last 10 league games we’ve taken just 7 points from the 30 available – and maybe that was why Alan Pardew was so despondent after a game in which Newcastle did an awful lot right.
What do you think?
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