For 15 minutes of the second half yesterday, Newcastle attacked Liverpool and tried to get a goal back and we suppose if we could have scored one it would have been a different game, maybe, but as soon as Liverpool cut open the Newcastle defense and scored their third goal, a number of our players simply gave up.
Alan Pardew – he looked a beaten man yesterday
And that is simply inexcusable to Newcastle fans – but that’s what happened – and the reason why we leaked another three goals for our worst home defeat since 1925 and we now have the worst goals against record in the league.
And Alan Pardew at the end of the game still doesn’t seem to grasp the gravity of the situation, as he had this to say to reporters when asked whether it was an embarrassing performance, and he seemed to try to be politically correct:
“I don’t want to say that word, but I’m deeply disappointed in the displays we had out there in terms of Liverpool looking so much better than us, and it shouldn’t be like that.” “I am worried. I can’t come off a defeat like that, and the manner of it, and not be worried.”
“When you are not playing well, and things are going badly and you are 2-0 down at half-time, it’s a lot for the inexperienced players and I think that showed.”
“We start rebuilding on Monday morning to make sure we have a nice, organised team for West Ham. I know that place well and we’ll need to be strong because West Ham will be.”
“I do believe we have enough to stay in the Premier League. I think we have enough in the dressing room to do that.”
I have to say I’m not sure we do have enough to stay up – and we may be dependent on Wigan not catching us.
Alan Pardew in his last two home games has taken a massive hit to his credibility, and we even wonder what Mike Ashley may do in the next day or two.
Ashley will not want to be relegated – that’s for sure – not with all that money to me made next season in the Premier League.
And as my son said last night when we were out to dinner (yeah – we had a great time) – “he won’t allow it” – but if we lose our last three games of the season there’s not much he can do about it – and it will be simply a massive blow to the Newcastle United Football club.
And one we would have a very hard time absorbing – for a second relegation in four years.
It’s a very worrying time for us all, and maybe after we get over this, we’ll launch some kind of effort to let the players know we need them to perform, and that we are depending on them – and that they can still save us – but not for a few days.
If Pardew cannot inspire the players – maybe the fans will have to – because a relegation will be a complete and utter disaster for this club.
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