Alan Pardew, in retrospect, has admitted that taking Sylvain Marveaux off after 64 minutes changed the game yesterday in reading’s favor, and to think it happened when we were comfortably ahead 1-0 in the game, and seemingly coasting to a huge home win.
Sylvain Marveaux – should never have been taken off
But the substitution changed the game, and without the threat of an in-form Sylvain Marveaux, Reading threw everybody forward and achieved the almost impossible, by scoring two goals through their substitute Adam Le Fodre to win their first win ever at St. James’ Park after seven successive defeats, and their first win of the season on the road.
You could say it was an inspired substitution by Reading manager Brian McDermott, and little more than a rookie error from our manager – but it was such an important game and it’s now a massive defeat for our lads.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the local Sunday Sun today:
“I thought Cabaye was going to get through the game.” “Unfortunately, when I took of Sylvain I then had to take off Cabaye through an injury.” “So I lost two flair players. I can understand the crowd’s reaction to that, but it was something I could not foresee.”
“I should have put a striker on at that point to give us extra impetus, but I did not have that option.” (Nile Ranger – please take note). “So it might have looked negative, there was a bad reaction to that and I thought that spread to the team.”
“It was then difficult to turn that situation around.” “I have to accept the crowd’s reaction. Taking Marveaux off was probably a mistake because I did not think we would lose Cabaye, but when he said he was struggling with his groin I had to take him off.”
“It has gone against me in terms of substitutions and I have to accept anything which comes my way.”
This is possibly the first time a number of us may be thinking that Newcastle can now be relegated this season simply because of the losing attitude that has infiltrated the squad over the last 18 games in all competitions since early November, when we have only two wins and four draws to show for our efforts.
New signings will help – and there should be no way we let Colo go anywhere before the end of the season.
But this result will send alarm bells off at the club, and the last thing we want to see is Newcastle as a Championship team again next season.
Note to Mike Ashley – let’s act now and sign some decent players before February – please!.
Howay The Lads!!
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