We always think it’s a bit funny and even entertaining when a manager reviews a game his team has just lost, and talks about all the ifs and buts, and basically says if other things had happened that they would have won the game, or at least done a lot better – it’s called fiction.
This is a nervous Alan Pardew on the touchline last night
That’s what managers of relegation teams do all the time, and we suppose there’s not much else they can say in the circumstances, given they want to keep their jobs.
We remember way back in the dark ages of 1961 when we were finally relegated to the second division under then manager Charlie Mitten, and we’d be beaten say 3-0 and we’d say two of their goals were offside, the goalkeeper should have saved the other one, and we missed two great chances – we should have won 2-0. 😀
When we look back on what we used to say – it was hilarious – but we meant every single word of it – we think it’s called being delusional.
Newcastle are going through a terrible time of it at the moment and this is some of what the Newcastle manager had to say after the game:
“Coming to Arsenal was tough, especially with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsay coming back to full fitness.” “This is a difficult place to come to anyway.”
“I thought they were very imaginative and caused us a lot of problems.” “But we defended really well in that first period.” “We had a good foot-hold in the game until the first goal.”
“That period just before half-time was costly for us.” “It is difficult to say if it is an improvement.” “Against Swansea we didn’t deserve to lose.”
“They are chasing a Champions League position.” “If we could have scored when Gouffran went through or one of our other chances we could have put some nerves into their game.”
“Once they had a 2-0 lead it was difficult for us.” “I thought we showed tremendous character in the second half.” “It’s a difficult scenario being five defeats in a row and being 2-0 down at this place.”
“At least we showed that in second half.”
You know, if we had only scored more goals than Arsenal we could have even won the game last night.
To be continued after the game against Cardiff City on Saturday ….. and let’s hope Alan is talking then about how we could have won the game by an even bigger margin.