Alan Pardew and his players have taken enormous criticism after Alan Pardew became the first manager to lose against Sunderland at home since Bobby Robson did that in November 2000, when we lost 2-1 and Alan Shearer missed that late penalty, when Thomas Sorensen made that great save.
Alan Pardew – my team is now much better
Ir was also the worst loss since February 1979, when Newcastle lost 4-1 .
Alan Pardew said his team was now much better and have recovered from the Sunderland debacle:
“It’s very important that we respond in terms of our performance level.” “I don’t worry about that. I think my team is in much better shape than it was for Sunday.”
“This week there is no excuse. We’ve had the same amount of time as West Brom and hopefully that will be shown on the pitch.”
“I was told about this club and the extremes here. I don’t think we have reacted to the criticism we’ve had, we’ve accepted it, we know what we think is wrong, and we need to put it right.”
“I do think one or two things that have been said are a bit harsh and unfair. I thought some of it was over the top.”
We have to hope for a good performance and a win against West Brom tomorrow, but Newcastle have only 8 points and one win from our 16 games played on the road, and only Reading – rock bottom of the league – have fewer points than Newcastle.
Reading have 5 points – one win and two draws – and of course their only win was against Newcastle = another disaster in January.
Our away record is hopeless, and we need to improve it tomorrow with a win – that’s what’s required.
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