After one of Newcastle’s worst performances ever, we expected the apologies to start flowing in – as if that will help our dire situation – and as you might have expected the first apology comes from the manager Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew – hangs his head in shame
And we hope that by now Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias have let him know that performance was almost a sin against Newcastle fans – and it has shamed the club for the second time in two weeks.
I must say I am finding the defeat yesterday very very hard to take on a personal level.
Anyway, this is what Alan Pardew said today:
“Firstly, for the squad and the staff, we apologize for that performance, We know in the next three games we’ve got to get at least one win, if not more, and that needs to start at West Ham. I’m afraid today was a real low point in my career here because that performance, as the score line suggested, just was not good enough.”
“I thought in hindsight the team selection didn’t work for us. The performances looked affected by the goals; to be 2-0 down so early looked like it affected a few bodies.”
“All my teams are organised and are on the front foot, looking to win the game, but that wasn’t the case today. We looked disorganized and it’s not anyone’s individual problem – it’s a collective problem we’ve got to put right.”
“We’ve got three or four people in that dressing room who have been in this position and got relegated and we’re going to have to draw on that experience to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
“Now we really need to roll our sleeves up and show the fans that we’ve got the fight in us to get out of this because we’re now right in it.”
Alan Pardew probably cannot recover from the last two home games, in which we have leaked 9 goals to ensure our goal difference is no better now than that of Wigan Athletic – that small club in Lancashire.
I suppose if he were to win the last three games that would be good, but there’s no way Newcastle are going to do that – and in fact our best (and only?) chance of a win is at QPR – and we’ll probably find that difficult if we play like we did yesterday.
But based on the last two home games things do not look good, and it will only take Wigan to start winning games, which they have a habit of doing every year about this time – to make the disaster complete – and we are relegated.
We would find that almost unbearable to take.
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