One of the things Alan Pardew said before the Sunderland game yesterday was that his players had question marks over their heads after the terrible display in April when Sunderland beat us 3-0 – but he pointed out the side had just had a tough Europa League game the Thursday night before against Benfica, and his players were drained – and presumably that’s why we lost that game?
Fabio Borini – after scoring the winner yesterday after 84 minutes
We had a week’s rest before the game yesterday, and we were still out fought by a Sunderland side who started this game like their lives depended on winning it – they hustled and harried Newcastle players all the time – so how come our players started the game like it was a Sunday afternoon stroll?
It certainly brings Alan Pardew’s motivation skills into question, if he cannot get his players to start a derby game like a steam train, and of course it brings into question the character of the players who have played in the last two Sunderland defeats.
This is what Alan Pardew had said before yesterday’s game:
“This group of players have had question marks hanging over them at times, particularly after that derby defeat last year.” “I’ve never doubted the spirit in the group but sometimes you need a game like Liverpool when you are reduced to ten men for it to come to the fore”
Alan Pardew will now be under considerable pressure, but that’s what you get when you are Newcastle manager and lose twice in a row to Sunderland, and it didn’t help Alan that he seemed to be blaming the referee for Sunderland’s winning goal.
He should look at why not one Newcastle player tried to close down Fabio Borini when he took the ball forward and unleashed a terrific shot from just outside the penalty box that screamed past Tim Krul.
It’s best that Alan Pardew take this one the chin, but we need to see some improved performances from the side, and yesterday’s game was the first of four tough games, and we now have to face Manchester City (h), Chelsea (h) and Tottenham (a).
And to think that Sunderland was by far the easiest of those four games. 🙁
What do you think?