It was not a goof time for Newcastle to put in their worst performance at St. James’ Park this season, as owner Mike Ashley and Director of Football Joe Kinnear were at the ground for the first time this season, and they would not have left very impressed with the Newcastle display – certainly the fans weren’t.
Alan Pardew – defense was not committed enough
Newcastle looked excellent in the first 20 minutes of the game, and Loic Remy will make a big difference to the team, as long as we can keep him fit, and he is now already joint top scorer with Ben Arfa with two goals, after just over two full games in the black and white shirt.
Alan Pardew did not pick out any particular player for criticism today, and we looked decent going forward:
“I wouldn’t say creativity was the problem. It wasn’t any individual’s performance that cost us the game today. It was a collective effort and it’s the collective effort we need to find consistency in.”
“I thought the whole team defensively should have been more committed. It was that tightness at Villa that got us the victory.” “I can’t say it’s a day that I’m going to fondly remember.”
“You know, I’m standing on the sidelines and I am a little bit disappointed with a lot of factors about today’s game.” “But the thing that we must improve on is our consistency of performance, as individuals and as a team.” “That is what got us to finish in fifth place two years ago.”
“This is a place where we need to crank it up all the time and keep the pressure on. I think when we scored, we just went down a gear and that is sometimes enough to give hope to the opposition.”
“They got the goal, and then they probably felt that they could score again, and they ended up doing that.” “In terms of Hull’s display today, it was very good. All their players played very well.”
The Newcastle players should watch the Manchester derby of yesterday, and see the passion and commitment shown by all the Manchester City players, and if our players had shown half of that commitment we would have easily won the game on Saturday,
We need to see more commitment and passion from our players, and the new lads should learn pretty quickly that this is not just any club they are now playing for.
When the lads give 100% they will always be cheered off the field, but when they look half-hearted and hesitant like they did on Saturday, they will get boos at the end of the game, and on Saturday they deserved that send-off at the end of the game from our very long-suffering fans.
The players had all better give 100% on Wednesday night against Leeds United, and it’s a good opportunity for them to make up for the rather pathetic display and terrible result of last Saturday
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