Alan Pardew thinks there were a lot more positives than negatives in Newcastle’s 3-1 defeat last night at Rio Ave, when we were quickly 2-0 down after only 9 minutes.
Alan Pardew – more positives than negatives
The Portuguese club have qualified for the Europa League this season and they were 6th top of the league last season, and the home side were 3-0 up after just 26 minutes.
But Pardew said they only had three chances in that first half, and they took them all – but again our leaky defense is a bit worrying.
This is what Alan Pardew said on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game:
“I don’t think the result really reflected the game because I think we bossed about 70 per cent of it,” “But they had three chances in the first half and scored them all, which put us right on the back foot.”
“We were a bit passive for the first 20 or so minutes and, if I’m being honest with you, they surprised us a bit with their quality.” “A couple of their players were very, very good and it shows why they nearly qualified for the Europa League last season.”
“We don’t want to lose, ever, but there were some real highlights.” “Dummett, again, Obertan and Sammy made a big difference when they came on, Cabaye was good, Cheick was good, Moussa was good, Rob was good and Santon did very, very well.
“There were a lot more positives than negatives.”
You’ve got to be careful about over-reacting to the results one way or the other in pre-season, because quite honestly the results usually have no bearing on how well a team does in the upcoming season.
The manager tries out various players, and Newcastle certainly looked a much better side in the second half than in the first, and some of our first team players did look good, as Alan points out.
But we suppose any and every defeat now will bring out the fans who want Alan Pardew out, and that happened last night..
Newcastle play Pacos de Ferreira at the Estadio da Capital do Movel on Tuesday night. and we expect the lads to do better in the second and final game in Portugal – and we should see a strong team that night, with captain Fabricio Coloccini likely to be back.
We didn’t play well in that first half last night, but there still were some good performances from a number of our players.
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