Alan Pardew said after the game that Newcastle’s players were tired – but that’s simply an excuse – and we had five new players start this afternoon, who didn’t play against Benfica on Thursday night.
It was all smiles between the two managers – before the kickoff
Nobody expected Sunderland to win – except maybe the Sunderland manager and players – as they had lost six and drawn three of their previous nine league games, and were finding goals very hard to come by, after losing top scorer Steven Fletcher for the season through injury.
And they beat Newcastle 3-0 at St. James’ Park today? 🙁
This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:
“It looked like a team that had worked all week on the opposition and were fresh, and the other team looked tired – that was our team.” “We were tired and lost our shape a little bit at times and were off the cuff.”
“We were just tired in the mind and in the body. A game like that, you can’t be. It took its toll on us this week.” “With that in mind, we still should have played better. The linesman has made a crucial decision at 1-0, which could take the game somewhere else.”
“Unfortunately for us, he has called it offside when it’s not. They have then, from two breakaway, smashed it in the top corner.” “It’s a very ugly day for us and from the staff and from my players, I apologize to our fans.”
This is a humbling loss for Newcastle United, and it’s going to be a very tough week coming up – and Sunderland took 4 points off us this season, just as Reading did – who are now rock bottom of the league.
It’s the worst loss to Sunderland since we lost 4-1 to them on February 24th of 1979 at St. James’ Park.
The good news is that Stoke lost 2-0 at home to to Manchester United this afternoon, and Stoke are still 2 points behind us in the league table.
But we are back in a relegation dog fight after this result, and we are at West Brom on Saturday – and it would be good to get a positive reaction from Pardew and the players in that game.
They have to make up for this catastrophe somehow this season – in the final five games.
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