Alan Pardew had some explaining to do after Newcastle’s pathetic display this afternoon, when we were absolutely hammered by Liverpool 6-0 and we looked awful.
Daniel Agger after scoring first goal after 3 minutes
Newcastle need more experience in the side, and with only three games to go in the season we need Coloccini to come in and give us some stability in defense – we had no such thing this afternoon – and we were continually torn apart.
This is an interview Alan Pardew gave after the game:
“The fans have every right to boo. That performance is not good enough for Newcastle.” “The first goal knocked our confidence. Liverpool looked faster, sharper, better organised than us all day today. We lacked a bit of experience. We got ragged after the third goal – that’s not like one of my teams.”
“I’m deeply disappointed in terms of the displays we had out there today. Liverpool looked that much better than us and that shouldn’t be the case.” “The most important thing is that the team has the experience on the pitch to show that. Maybe we were missing that today.”
“I’m worried,” “I’m not going to criticize my players or the team. It was a collective effort and we fell down collectively.” “I expect to see all my team out there on Monday morning whether their foot is hanging off, ready to train.”
“We need to take something out of our two away games.” “Coloccini’s leadership and guidance will be important to us and hopefully he comes through this week. We’ve got two or three in that dressing room that have been relegated at this football club, so they know what it is about.”
“Sometimes we can get dragged down in a spiral of negativity and I think that’s what happened today. We need to roll our sleeves up and make sure we make a real good fist of these last three games.”
Newcastle have road games at West Ham and QPR in the next two weeks, and we don’t expect anything at all at Upton Park, and based on the form we saw this afternoon, it could be hard for us to get a win at QPR – although we need at least one win to be safe.
We also need more Premier League need experience in the side, and maybe Danny Simpson comes in next Saturday for the suspended Mathieu Debuchy who received two yellows and got his marching orders. And veteran Steve Harper could even be recalled in goal.
20 year-old left back Massadio Haidaira looked in a daze when he was defending in the first 20 minutes of the game, and Liverpool continued to attack down their right wing – so maybe if Colo comes in – then Yanga-Mbiwa could move to left-back at West Ham.
For all the good vibes we built up during last season when we did so well, we are rapidly doing the opposite this season – especially since the Sunderland debacle has been followed by this disgrace.
To say it’s not good enough is simply pointless – so I’m not even going to say that.
We were humiliated today – again – fact.
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