For a manager who is under pressure at Newcastle, Alan Pardew in his news conference looked calm and fairly placid today, but he is well aware that last week’s performance at Southampton just wasn’t good enough for a Newcastle United side.
Alan Pardew – at his press conference today
This is some of what Alan Pardew said during his press conference today:
“The mid-season was really strong for us and the injuries to Loic and the transfer of Cabaye have impacted on our quality, there’s no doubt about that.”
“We are grinding towards the end unfortunately, and that’s not what we want.” “We want to be a lot more easy on the eye, and lot more fluent in what we are doing than we are.”
“But we have become a very functional team now, and that’s what has really got to get us through until such time as Loic is back and Mathieu is back and Tim is back.”
“I have been in many games where you have long, long trips and had very, very difficult afternoons.” “As far as I am concerned, our fans are the best in the world and to give them that performance wasn’t acceptable and we aim to put it right on the pitch.”
“I am just urging my players to put in a better performance than they did on Saturday, that’s the most important thing to me.” “You get disappointments in the Premier League, and we have had them before.”
“The matter is very, very simple: we need a reaction to that performance in terms of energy levels, continuity in the team and a desire to win the game.” “Desire is all in the Premier League.”
“That is the beauty of professional football: there is always an opportunity around the corner.” “If we were a boxer and that was our last fight, we might have had to sit on that performance for six months.”
“So in some ways we are lucky and hopefully we can capitalize on that with a good performance.”
Bad news this morning was that Moussa Sissoko is out for two or three weeks with a hamstring strain, and Loic Remy is still not ready from his thigh injury, and Mathieu Debuchy and Tim Krul will also be missing tomorrow.
Pardew is hopeful that Loic will be ready for Stoke, but he did say a week ago he also thought that Loic would be ready for this game – so we’ll just have to wait and see and keep our fingers crossed.
Newcastle have a number of injuries, but we’ll just have to get on with it – and it could be that Davide Moyes will rest some of his players, after two tough games in the last six days.
But the most important thing we want to see from this team on Saturday is some energy, commitment, passion and 100% effort, which we certainly didn’t see last week – well except for Rob Elliot, who was great in his very first Premier League game of the season.
And the pride must be restored to Newcastle United, after that insipid performance last Saturday – which was simply a disgrace.
And as Alan says above – desire is all in the Premier League – and we had none of that at all last Saturday – that’s for sure.
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