We’ve always thought that Alan Pardew was a strong guy mentally, and as reports of him having offered to resign, and even of being fired circulated yesterday in the press, all of which were false, it doesn’t seem to have affected the Newcastle manager much at all.
Alan Pardew – standing up to the pressure well
In fact Alan Pardew remains positive after the horror show in the first half on Monday night at Everton, where once again our woeful defending lost us the game.
Alan Pardew told the Sun today that Newcastle have to become more consistent, and he’s right there:
“I’m not concerned.” “We’ve still got a chance of the top 10 but we’ve got to get something at Cardiff on Saturday.”
“As a team we have shown inconsistencies, especially in our defending.” “Some of the goals we’ve conceded really are not good enough for us.”
“We have work to do and there might have to be some personnel changes.” “When Mike Williamson came on at half-time we looked a lot stronger.”
“He’s got himself a great chance of playing at Cardiff.”
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was replaced by Mike Williamson in the second half, and Newcastle looked a lot stronger in that second half, when we pulled two goals back. and even looked a good side.
One of Mapou’s weaknesses is his heading ability, and Alan Pardew had told Colo and Williamson at half time to head the ball, and we saw Williamson head the ball away from the goalkeepers drop kicks several times in the second half, and we even thought Mike might have started the game on Monday after a solid performance in the Leeds game last week.
Of course one of the goalkeeper’s kicks had cost us the third goal when Colo allowed the ball to bounce and then Tim Krul and the Argentine made a right mess of things and Lukaka got his second goal and Everton’s third.
We sound like a broken record, but we need to see a strong defensive performance on Saturday, since we’ve proved we can score goals this season with the impressive Loic Remy now in the side.
A win is what we need to see on Saturday.
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