Whether it’s true or not, there is going to be some discussion in the coming week about how Newcastle would have fared yesterday at Craven Cottage if manager Alan Pardew had been on the touchline.
John Carver instructing Yoan Gouffran yesterday
The first half was almost incident free in front of goal, although Papiss Cisse had a good chance to put Newcastle ahead but goalkeeper David Stockdale made an excellent save – and he repeated the act in the second half only minutes before Ashkan Dejagah scored Fulham’s winning goal after 68 minutes – and that gave Fulham their first win after going without a win in their last nine league games.
And assistant manager John Carver did speak to Alan Pardew at the hotel before the game – and then the manager phoned in some instructions at half time according to Tim Krul..
This is some of what John Carver said after the game about his interaction with Pardew:
“It was brief – two conversations. He was with his analyst but was fine. He was quite calm. And yes, his hotel room is all right!” “We all know what has gone on and now we have to move on.”
It was a listless performance from Newcastle yesterday, especially in the first half and with Southampton winning 4-2 at home to Norwich they jumped above Newcastle in the league.
The truth is we have a fight on with Southampton for 8th place, and at the moment they are two points ahead of us with a much better goal difference, but we have a game in hand – and of course we play them at St. Mary’s in two weeks.
Aston Villa’s win over Chelsea yesterday now puts them 9 points behind Newcastle, so it’s unlikely they can catch us – but of course you never know with Newcastle.
It was not a good performance from Newcastle, and we need to see a lot more spirit from some of the Newcastle players in our next game – at home to 4th bottom Crystal Palace next Saturday – but we wonder who will score the goals with Loic Remy out for that game.
Another defeat in that game would be disastrous. 🙁
With Alan Pardew banned for 7 games there’s even more reason for the Newcastle players to think the season is over – but we really hope that doesn’t happen.
But it certainly looked like it at times yesterday.