There is a lot of soul-searching going on this morning, after Newcastle United were annihilated and humiliated (what again?) on Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s, and the Newcastle fans are frustrated with what was another gutless performance from our players.
Jay Rodriguez scores first goal on Saturday
To contrast the way Newcastle played on Saturday, we watched a replay of the Crystal Palace game against Chelsea, and Palace are in real danger of going down, and they simply don’t have a good side.
But every Palace player played their hearts out against Chelsea, and got a dramatic 1-0 win against the league leaders – and they deserved it.
Every single Crystal Palace player showed more guts and commitment in that game than any Newcastle player did on Saturday – with the exception of our goalkeeper.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:
“We understand the fans’ frustrations 100% .” “I think anybody watching the game in the Newcastle end would have been disappointed, frustrated and angry and it’s just as much as the players were.”
“It’s frustrating and it hurts. For me personally I feel that more than anybody, but it’s hard.” “The message to them is that we just weren’t good enough and we have to take full responsibility for it.”
“It was poor, but one thing we can assure them is that we’ll be working harder than ever and make sure next week we put on a display far better than that and make sure we get back to doing the basics right.
“It’s always disappointing conceding goals, but we didn’t do our jobs all over the pitch. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but we need to react and we need to bounce back.”
“You can talk about certain things in the game, but they were just quicker, sharper, more organized and looked like that from the first minute until the last.”
“It was disappointing and it’s hard to reflect at a time like this. We just weren’t good enough all over the pitch.”
One question we have is why were Southampton quicker, sharper, more organized and looked like that from the first minute until the last?
Alan Pardew needs to get this team ready for Saturday, and we need to see a committed performance from the players in that game – and any player not up to it – shouldn’t even bother turning up on Saturday.