Alan Pardew keeps defending the performance against Sunderland – simply because he keeps getting asked about it by the reporters – -but he should just give up this nonsense about his players being tired – it just doesn;t wash, and makes Newcastle fans angry.
Alan Pardew – during the Sunderland loss
And Alan is refusing to say it’s been a bad season – so what planet is Alan living on these days?
We did well in Europe – no doubt about that – but this is probably going to turn out to be the second worst season on points in the Premier League ever for our club – since we got 34 points four years ago and took the drop.
The next lowest points total is 43 points, which we achieved twice in successive seasons in 2006-2007 and then 2007-2008.
This is what Alan said in the local press today:
“It’s strange, but after the Benfica game it was all very positive. “In retrospect, maybe the fact that our performance was so strong and that the crowd had such a great reaction against Benfica, played a part in the Sunderland game.”
“Perhaps even our fans thought we were going to win that the derby comfortably (we thought that), but it doesn’t work like that. ” (why not?)
“I don’t think we’re under any illusions about what we need to do, but we’re playing against a really good side and we’re going to have to be a full tilt to beat them.”
“I know our fans are intelligent enough to know that we’re not just going to turn up and steam-roller Liverpool. That’s not going to happen. “This is going to be a really tight game, but hopefully a game where we can get three valuable points.”
It’s hard for Newcastle fans to understand – after we played so well against Benfica, and nearly got through to the quarter finals of the Europa League – why we couldn’t beat a side who had three draws and six defeats in their previous nine games and had difficulty scoring goals.
And they beat us 3-0 at home. 🙁
And I could go on and say they had only scored 7 goals in their previous 9 games – but I wont because I’m getting depressed. 😀
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