Alan Pardew has been defending the Newcastle team today, and it seems the lads can do nothing right at the moment – and in Saturday’s game it could well have been Newcastle that got the late goal, but it wasn’t to be, and for the first time in our history, we have lost five Premier league games on the trot – and we visit Arsenal in our next game.
Alan Pardew – first Newcastle manager to lose five in a row
And that’s another unwanted record that Alan Pardew has picked up over the last two seasons, and if we don’t finish in the top ten this season, then in the seven seasons under Mike Ashley we have finished in the top ten only once – 5th place two years ago, and that’s just a pathetic record for Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew said:
“In terms of the personnel we had available I thought we put a decent performance in and on another day we could have won.”
“We are going to have to work hard because we need to be more resilient in these three games than perhaps we would needed to have been if we’d won. We need to show a strength of character.”
“Some of the performances have been very, very good but sometimes the results don’t always follow.” “I just feel my main focus rather than looking back too far is to look for the next three games, because they are very important to us for our state of mind as a club.”
“I thought the crowd were brilliant for us. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t bring them home.” “Well, I have to stand here and justify and defend my players and I have to make sure they are right for next week.”
“So sometimes you say things, generalizations a little bit, to protect the players and staff.” “If certain sections of the fans think I am standing here making excuses I am far from that.”
“I always stand up to my responsibilities and I make sure my players do too.”
There’s always one reason or another why Newcastle lose, and we suppose it’s only natural for a manager to defend himself after each game, but saying we were decent, given the personnel available, doesn’t exactly compliment the players who were in the side.
We cannot see us getting anything at Arsenal or Liverpool on the last day of the season, so presumably our best bet is to beat Cardiff City at home in two weeks time.
If we cannot do that then it’s going to be a sad time at the end of that last home game, of what’s turned out to be another disappointing season for Newcastle.
Since Boxing Day Newcastle have looked a second-rate relegation side.