Alan Pardew has been honest if nothing else this week, by admitting the recent results have certainly taken a toll on him personally.
Alan Pardew – Monday was blood letting day
Alan met the press for the first time since after the Liverpool thrashing on Saturday, when Newcastle fans were seeing red and just couldn’t believe what they were seeing against Liverpool – the performance was that bad, and it was the worst performance by a Newcastle side in many years.
Alan talked about the toll that recent results have taken on him, and the fact he held a short coaching session on Monday but thrashed out with the players what went wrong against The Reds.
This is what Alan said:
“You don’t sleep well, you get up, you think about it a bit more.” “I have seen a reaction,” “I think it’s important. Monday was a blood-letting day in a lot of ways. Everyone was hurting from that defeat and the manner of that defeat.”
“You have to go through that and that took us into Tuesday and since then everyone has been strong. I think now we have a group that is going to try to get the results we need.”
“When you lose a game as heavily as we did against Liverpool, you feel like you’re running around but trust me, your spirit is broken a little bit.”
“It wasn’t a certain nationality. The one thing I am particularly aggrieved about this week is this word ‘rift’ and that the French players are not accepted or are not accepting us. It’s unfair on that group who have done everything they possibly can.”
“They’re quite a young group, most of them. I think they’ve been quite hurt by it and it’s important they don’t take that onto the pitch.”
We just hope our players are strong enough to come through the recent disasters and play well (very well) in the last three games and pick up some points.
The players haven’t shown much mental strength recently, and now have an awful lot to prove to Newcastle fans, who can hardly believe what has happened in the last three weeks.
It’s been a complete nightmare – and we want to wake up as soon as possible and get out of it.
What do you think?
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