The Newcastle performance on Saturday at St. Mary’s was simply not acceptable for a Newcastle United side, and after a disastrous time since Boxing Day, and with Alan Pardew totally embarrassing the club at Hull City, the last six games of the season are going to be very important to the manager.
Pardew and Ashley on Saturday – very painful
Pardew was already in hot water with the owner and fans because of his ridiculous behavior on the touchline at Hull City, and now Newcastle are putting in performances where it seems the players don’t care too much, and on Saturday a number of them were already on vacation.
Alan Pardew has hardly a lot of latitude at the moment, and he must produce some results in the last six games of the season.
This is what the manager told the Shields Gazette today:
“The point was made after the game.” “We spoke about that in the dressing room.” “The fans started at 6 o’clock, or whenever, to get here, and we put in a performance like that.”
“We know it’s not acceptable. We’re very, very disappointed with what’s happened.” “Sometimes you can get a game with some logic – you can make some logic out of it – but it’s very difficult to get any logic out of that.”
“We were second-best for whole 90 minutes.” “Time and again, they were coming at us.” “You must offer a threat as a team offensively, otherwise the other team have no fear.”
“And Southampton played with no fear. They kept coming.” “We were just defending, and we struggled to make any impact on their team.”
“That’s something we really need to focus on for Man United. We can’t let them do that to us.”
Newcastle still had a decent side out on paper against the Saints, but we were simply hopeless, with the exception being goalkeeper Rob Elliot, and if our outfield players played with the guts and commitment Rob played with, Newcastle would have done a lot better.
Newcastle need to turn up this Saturday afternoon against Manchester United and win the game.
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