Pardew Points The Finger For Cardiff Defeat

Alan Pardew has today criticized the Newcastle defense for their poor play that allowed Cardiff City to come back from a  goal down and win the game on Saturday, and knock an impotent Newcastle side out of the FA Cup, and we failed at the first hurdle for the second year running and for the third time in four years under Alan Pardew.

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Cisse congratulated after good opportunist goal from the Senegal striker

Pardew thought his side were vulnerable from set pieces, as he had this to say to the local press:

“We were fairly in control of the game with about 15 minutes to go, and we lost that period of the game.” “It was the crucial period. They got a bit of a wonder goal to equalizer, but the second goal was poor. We’ve got to do a lot better than that.”

“It was a free header in our six-yard box. We should have done better.” “And we should have kicked on when we got the goal. We didn’t do that, so those mistakes cost us.”

“We had a whole new back five, and other than set-plays, I thought they played OK, if I’m honest.”  “But at set-plays, we looked vulnerable, and I’m afraid that can make the difference, like it did.”

Pardew made very few changes in the four league games in 11 days before this game, but he was forced to change the defense with Coloccini injured at West Brom and Debuchy suspended.

But the manager also chose this game to rest Mike Williamson, and in retrospect that was probably a mistake, and there was no continuity at all, and it was essentially a whole new defense from the West Brom defeat, with Tim Krul also out injured.

Mike will come back into the side for the home game against Manchester City on Sunday, and maybe Steven Taylor will be the one to give way, but Mathieu Debuchy still has two games to serve in his suspension for being sent off at West Brom.

We’ve also lost the last four league games at home to Manchester City, so we suppose there’s a possibility it will be four defeats on the trot .

But you just never know with this Newcastle side – and now they do have something to prove to their fans – so they could surprise us on the upside.

If we had won on Saturday, we’d have been at Bolton Wanderers in round four – and that would not have been a particularly good draw for us.

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17 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1


    Please do not read selectively. I said I would be happy.

    However Pardew is not a football manager by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Pardew should point the finger at the mirror.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Crazy disrespectful team selection again in a cup match.

    And we wonder why we lost … they don’t really care.

    Lots of weekends off for Pardew. He’ll like that.

  • Graeme

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    At the end of it all, the man responsible is the one who coaches the players, week in, week out; selects those players to win the match; decides the tactics to be used to achieve the objectives.

    Bottom line – Pardew got it wrong yet again.

  • martoon

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    To be fair to Pardew the team he selected should have been good enough to beat a 2nd string Cardiff team. He was let down by the players but I have to say his substitutions were poor – surely Sammy would be a better option than Obertan?

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Hatem’s better than Messi

    He can now go and pick up chicks at a local club or a bar or spend his weekends in london.

  • mindshaft

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m afraid we do know with this team and more importantly this manager, it will definitely be 4 defeats in a row.
    Pards will set us up to defend, let them have possession and hope to catch them on the counter attack which against Citeh will be a recipe for disaster

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #8


    He’s done the same in every cup tie since he started as manager, and his record really sucks.

    He’s either a complete idiot or losing early in the cups is the plan.

  • mindshaft

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #9

    On the upside Pards will no longer be able to roll out the tired excuse, we will have a few weekends off now we’re out of all cups and no Europe.
    We have 18 games left and around 26 weeks to the end of the season, surely the poor bairns can manage that

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #10


    last year against city the MF was

    Anita Gutierrez Tiote and Bigi I think

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #11

    pardews song

    there was 5 changes at the back, 1 new GK, 3 new defenders, 1 defender who was out of his normal position,

    who put this all together ?

    who decided that the first half we should just contain them ?

    who decided to bring on remy with 5 mins left??

    the guy is a total plonker, who only knows how to blame

    he has his loyal followers though, there called the plonkers too,, bilsson take a bow son

  • Santon03

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #12

    I didn’t watch the FA cup game, but I watched WBA game. Either they were tired or having an off day, too many miss passes and poor touches.
    It wasn’t like against Arsenal.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Tired … poor little loves.

    They’re all millionaires and don’t really give a f### about the club.
    Finish eighth and the season’s a success!
    Might as well lose in the 3rd round as in the semis, the millionaires get rewarded for their failure with time off!

    Season over in January again.

  • Malta Mag

    Jan 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Count me in as a Pardew follower too and where were you when we were winning?

  • Sav

    Jan 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #15

    In hindsight, probably a mistake to rest Williamson. Please, let that be Obertan’s last game.

  • matias

    Jan 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #16

    I don`t get the criticism of making excuses or blaming everone else. Here Pardew said ““But at set-plays, we looked vulnerable, and I’m afraid that can make the difference, like it did.””. How is that blaming just the players and not himself too?

    And the tiredness “excuse”. After our last league defeat he said every team has challenges because of the schedual (and not just NUFC).

    I can accpet that not everyone likes his style of football or his team choices, but he`s aclass act iin interviews. This excuse a cliche that would be more true of 90% of EPL managers.

  • Ericles

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #17

    It is high time that Pardew pointed the finger at himself. I is not the first time he has thrown away a cup game due to poor foresight, tactical wooliness, and essential inability as manager!


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