All that 52 year-old Alan Pardew and the Newcastle players can do is to study what the heck happened on Saturday against Sunderland, when we were ripped apart and try to pinpoint all the mistakes that were made and learn form them before the next game at Chelsea on Saturday.
Vurnon Anita – poor penalty to give away
And if we don’t turn up at Stamford Bridge on Saturday – we’ll be ripped apart by a talented Blues side.
Alan said the team needs to go back to basics:
“All I can do is determine the result next week,” “That’s all I can do.” “But I do see a team that needs to go back to basics and have a little bit more control of possession.” “It was a little bit hairy scary at times.”
“We were committing bodies forward and leaving ourselves exposed.” “We can’t afford to do that against anybody.”
“Really and truly, I felt the whole mood of the stadium might have changed with a goal,” “Unfortunately, it went the other way.
“We changed with it, and got very erratic. It’s all well and good putting a tackle in, winning your headers – we competed well with Sunderland – but certainly they had much more composure on the ball.”
“That was the difference. Sometimes it’s that extra moment around the box, in which you create a chance or have conviction in a shot.”
“Cheik Tiote’s shot and Shola Ameobi’s header were the only two chances I felt had any conviction.”
It was a terrible challenge by Vurnon Anita that conceded the penalty and started the demise and the first goal in any derby game is always important.
But this week is likely to be like a circus for Newcastle, and Alan Pardew seems fair game for the press, but he has to do a lot better in these games against Sunderland, a lot better, and for the fourth time in a row Gus Poyet go the better of him.
And if the two managers are still in place for next season, I’m not particularly looking forward to the two derby games.
What do you think?
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