Newcastle’s four game winning in the streak came to an end at the Liberty Stadium last night, and in fact it was a crashing end after 12 points in four games, and Newcastle just didn’t play anywhere near their best form last night, and seemed content at least in the first half to simply contain Swansea.
Alan Pardew – unhappy with the referee last night
But the tactics didn’t work very well, and after the game Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had some blame for referee Howard Webb for two penalty decisions he didn’t give in that second half.
And Jonjo Shelvey, who was Swansea’s best player could also have received a straight red card as he was seen to aim a head-butt at Mathieu Debuchy during an angry exchange between the two players, again in the second half.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“Two big decisions went against us and that was crucial in the result.” “The first one was a penalty, no doubt in my mind about that.”
“I felt that at the time and my players reaction told me everything I needed to know, and that should have told Howard as well.”
“It hit his arm and it’s going in the back of the net. That’s a penalty isn’t it?” “Again the second was for a foul on Gouffran.” “I thought Williams had no chance of winning that header, he has gone into the back of Gouffran and he just played on.”
“I was disappointed in those decisions.” “I’ve told him that as well. He has given me his explanation and I accept that, and I don’t agree with it.”
“And there is the incident with Jonjo.” “Looking at video highlights I think that was disappointing for Jonjo as I think he is a terrific lad and that’s unlike him, but again maybe you could argue he should not be on the pitch.”
Maybe the FA will look at that incident with Shelvey and see if some retroactive action is necessary, but there’s very little chance of them doing that.
We were beaten and we didn’t play well – that’s the truth, and we didn’t get the breaks either, but when you don’t win and don’t get the result – what you get is the reasons – it’s always either results or reasons.
And the above are Alan’s reasons for the defeat.
The main thing now is to recover for the game at Old Trafford on Saturday, against a side who were rocked last night by a late goal from Bryan Oviedo after 86 minutes, and the Red Devils lost (again) 1-0.
We’re currently above Manchester United in the league table in 7th place, and maybe we’ll get a chance to get a win at Old Trafford on Saturday for a change – that’s the immediate response we are looking for from this Newcastle side.
Last night is over, it’s gone, and all the lads can do is to learn from what happened, so they are potentially a better team in the future.
Maybe at Old Trafford on Saturday?
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