Alan Pardew gets an awful lot of criticism from Newcastle fans, some of it unwarranted, but yesterday’s game plan worked almost to perfection, and after a very hard game on Wednesday night against Manchester City, that went to extra time, the Newcastle manager decided to start the game yesterday cautiously, as much to conserve energy as anything else.
Alan Pardew and Jose Mourinho after the game yesterday
And this is how Alan described the game yesterday:
“We had exerted so much energy in midweek we decided to be very cautious at the start. We perhaps let them have too much possession but we knew in the second half, with the three subs, that we could exert more pressure and that is what happened.”
“We’ve got a great spirit in the group. I think we’ve played well. We’ve had some moments where we’ve not been so great but we’re together. I’m pleased for the club.”
“I’m pleased for everyone associated with Newcastle, it’s a big win for us.” “It’s a great win for us and deserved. I didn’t see a team against Sunderland that deserved to lose,”
“I didn’t see a team that deserved to lose against Man City, but you need to earn your break.” “We earned it today. We weren’t brilliant in the first half with the ball, but second half was much better and we got the reward we wanted.”
We don’t have any personal investment in having Alan Pardew fail at Newcastle, and in fact we;d be delighted if he is successful and has Newcastle finish high up in the league table again come May.
In fact we’d support any Newcastle manager to be successful – because it means Newcastle are successful – and that’s the only thing we are interested in.
It’s really not very complicated.
About the author:
Dr. Ed Harrison is a retired IBM Executive who was born and bred in St. Anthony’s estate in Newcastle, and joined IBM back in 1970, after completing a PhD in Computing Science at Newcastle University.
Ed was moved to America in 1973 by IBM, and since retiring from the company back in 2004 after 34 years at IBM, Ed now writes about his passion – Newcastle United – mainly for those fans also away from home base.