Alan Pardew talked to the press for the first time this week since the Sunderland debacle and he says the players have been different in training because they know they have a responsibility to Newcastle.
Alan Pardew last Sunday – not happy
Alan started off by saying he though the reaction to the defeat was a bit heavy-handed and that it was important to put things in perspective and he said the Sunderland defeat was because Newcastle went for it in the quarter finals of the Europa League the previous Thursday night.
This is some of what Alan Pardew said this afternoon:
“We now have five games to be fresh.” “The players have been so different in training as they know they carry responsibility for this club to get results.” “Our target is to get 40 points as quickly as possible and if you get a win you can look at the top 10 as it is that tight, but right now we need to secure some points.”
“We have conducted ourselves in such a great manner all year in Europe and everything, and there was such a great feeling around.” “But there was a feeling after the game and perhaps the kick-off time and alcohol involved, and we had those ugly incidents which we don’t want to see.”
“It’s a shame for our genuine fans that they have to carry the burden of that scare from that game.” “It was a great day for Sunderland and for us a tough day. But I would rather play and give it a good go in the quarter-final of the Europa League and they can only dream of that.”
“For us it is done, it is history and we have to always carry it.” “We have to carry it like they have to with all the defeats we have inflicted on them.”
Newcastle have to recover very quickly from last Sunday’s defeat and a good time to start is at the Hawthorns tomorrow afternoon.
And since we have won only one game away all season – at Aston Villa in early February – what does that tell us?
It says that we are due an away win – and tomorrow is as good a time as any to get it.
Howay The Lads!!
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