Surprise – Pardew Priority Has Been On Defense – Not Attack

Manchester United have had a terrible season for them in David Moyes first season in charge, but they still have the best away record of any side in the Premier League, and they have nine wins and three draws in their 16 games on the road – that’s 30 points from their 16 away games.

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Massadio Haidara – likely to keep left back position

And they have also scored 30 goals in those away games, so given the very poor performance of Newcastle last week at Southampton, it’s very unlikely that Newcastle can keep a clean sheet today.

And rather surprisingly it’s been the defense that manager Alan Pardew has been concentrating on this week in training, although he also knows we have to get goals from somebody, with Loic Remy still out injured.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“The lack of goals is not something that was unrecognized from last year.” “We struggled to score in the back end of last year, but addressed that by moving Cabaye into the number ten role and getting in Loic on loan.”

“Now, both of those aren’t around so we’re back to where we are. Somewhere along the line, we need to get goals. We’re very focused on that, but you can’t take away that you need a foundation to score goals, and our problem at Southampton was that we didn’t have that foundation.”

“In most of the games we’ve played this year, we’ve had a good foundation to try to score goals, but if you lose that side of it, you’ve got no chance. That’s been my priority this week – not so much scoring goals, but getting us a foundation and a desire in the game.”

“One of the stats you’ll often see is that the team who scores first wins 74 per cent of the time.” “That’s why reacting to a goal is so important.”

“It doesn’t mean you have to go straight back up the other end to try to score – you might have to take time to get that goal to get back into the game.”

“We fell down at Southampton because we didn’t react well to the goals. Whether we were trying to score a goal quickly, or trying to defend to not go further behind, that was the most disappointing thing last weekend. We have to be better in our reaction to the goals.”

The back four is likely to be the one that finished the game last week – Santon Williamson Coloccini and young Haidara.

We’re not sure how we can get much out of this game today, unless we can score at least a couple of goals, and since this is a home game, surely we should be trying to win it.

And there was good news last night, at least for Newcastle fans, in that the Red Devils will be without top player Wayne Rooney, who picked up a toe injury against Bayern Munich last Tuesday night.

But in  order to win this game we need to score some goals, and Luuk de Jong and Papiss Cisse have looked anything but confident in front of goal these last several games, and we have scored only one goal in the last four games since Loic Remy has been out.

And another stat that shows our lack of goal scoring is that we haven’t scored in 10 of the last 14 league games. 🙁

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10 comments so far

  • runheed

    Apr 5, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Well well well. Pardew reveals himself as the anti-Keegan. What a surprise.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 5, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Mart…what you are witnessing has been going on for the past three years – we just choose to see what we want to!

    …all I can say is those players we have could pass the ball when we signed them (we have all seen that) and most of them knew have to run without the ball.

  • mindshaft

    Apr 5, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Has he not seen our goals against column – our foundation is sh1t and has been all season – we can neither score nor defend

  • runheed

    Apr 5, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Can you win without scoring goals? Maybe I’m wrong but I assumed that was the purpose of the game … Have I been wrong all this time. Perhaps I need to choose another sport, I’m so out of touch.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 5, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #5


  • Bambams

    Apr 5, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6

    This bloke has simply ran out of things to say. … He must sit for hours thinking what he can make up for the next interview.

    I had intended to give him until the end of tge season but I honestly think if he is still manager next year we are down.

    Ash will sell up to Bellways and sign a share agreement to use Kingston Park for our home games.

    I never thought for one minute management of a Premier League team could be as bad as this lot.

    PL chairmen must wet themselves laughing that a club like ours have 52000 die hards and Ashley cannot use this as a ‘foundation’ to spend a bit of money and challenge the top four.
    This City would go mental with a bit of ambition from our owner. Shirt sales alone would go through the roof. I remember SAF once during an interview when he said the whole stadium wear their black and white shirts.

    We are being punished for the anti ash chants simple as


  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Apr 5, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Play Ben Arfa in the number ten role and he doesnt have to track back!!!

  • LeedsMag

    Apr 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Hell of a comment from Pardew reported in the build up -Every summer at Newcastle has a transitional feel,but this one more than most
    If that doesnt tell you all about the ambition of this club – or lack of it – nothing does
    Selling club, make do and mend club,buy cheap and sell for profit.Thats all we will ever get under this regime

  • Sav

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    What more can he say? He said the answer when he said Cabaye was sold. That HAS been the downfall of our season and whatever we got for him, it was not enough. Short of coming out and slating his hair-trigger boss, what do you expect Pardew to tell you? We didn’t spend enough and we didn’t unearth enough rough diamonds. That’s it. And had we had it to spend, we’d have probably only gone and bought LDJ anyway, so maybe Monster Mash knows something the rest of us didn’t.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 5, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    He’s full of it. He said that he tries to stay in the game until about 70mins.

    Staying in the game is more than generously sending out the containing signals, which we know he does anyway.

    That isn’t actively trying to score. It is so boring as a player to play that way.


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