Alan Pardew was trying to defend his players after the game Sunday, when it looked like it was going to end up 1-1, which would have been a decent result for Newcastle, but that was before Fabio Borini hit the winner after 84 minutes.
Alan Pardew – defends his players
This is what Alan Pardew said immediately after the game yesterday:
“If you have any sort of knowledge of the game, there looked like only being one winner.” “But at 1-1 you’re still vulnerable. If we’d have got the second goal, we’d have won.”
“We could have looked to tie the game up.” “We looked for the win – you can’t knock us for that.” “That one incident, where we switched us, has cost us.”
“It’s just galling to lose that game.” “I thought we were the better side.”“The referee’s played a part. I don’t think it’s a foul.” “Our players momentarily stopped. We should have had a throw in.”
“The linesman indicated a throw in. They’ve gone down the other end and got a goal with their first shot of the second half.” “It was a game we looked like winning, let alone drawing, and so it’s particularly galling to lose.”
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up. We’ve got a big week ahead of us.”
It’s poor form to blame the referee Lee Probert for their winning goal, and Alan will need to get a bit more creative with his excuses when we lose again.
It’s true that Newcastle fans over-react to results, and we over-react to results much more in the local derby with Sunderland, where the only thing that matters is the result – not whether you played well or played poorly – it really doesn’t matter.
Maybe it should – but it doesn’t.
And even though Newcastle did get a grip on this game after 30 minutes or so, and looked like we could even win it, the result is all that matters.
And that’s why Newcastle fans are unhappy today, and especially since that was the first time in 46 years the Black Cats have beaten s twice in a row.
And that’s not good.