It was one of the worst and pathetic performances seen from a Newcastle United side for a long time last Saturday, when we were definitely second best at Southampton, from the first whistle until the referee mercifully put our players and the fans out of their misery, when he blew the final whistle at St. Mary’s – and then some of us had to actually write about it. 🙁
Pardew and Ashley watch a pathetic performance
It ended up 4-0, but we all know it could have been 9-0 but for the valiant work of stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who was the single Newcastle player who could hold his head up high after the game.
If manager Alan Pardew is not worried by what Newcastle have done so far in 2014 he should be, and the fans are less than happy with the performances of the Newcastle players – who didn’t seem to care too much down south in the last game.
This is what he told the Shields Gazette today:
“We’ve got six games to go, and we’ve got to make sure we give a better account of ourselves than we did,”
“That should shock us into doing a performance against Man United that makes it very difficult for them.”
“We’re a lot, lot better than we showed.” “It was our commitment to winning the game that worried me a little bit.”
“That was a game where we looked like we had no process to win the game.” “We need to know – clearly – what our process is.”
“That’s what we’re going to have to work on this week.”
And the lack of a process to win the game is down to the coaching, so the preparation for the game must have been woeful, and Pardew has said they didn’t do much on the pitch, but only mapped the strategy out on the blackboard.
Well that didn’t work at all, so he’ll have to try something different for the Manchester United game, and they played well last night to draw with European Champions Bayern Munich 1-1 at Old Trafford, in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions league.
With Loic Remy very likely missing the game, we don’t have much hope of any success on Saturday, but of course you just never know with Newcastle.
And it could be that whip Pardew is said to be using in training this week may just do the trick. 😀