Alan Pardew talked after the game yesterday at the Emirates, which turned out to be a sixth successive defeat in the Premier League in a year that Newcastle have literally completely collapsed, and in 18 league games since Boxing Day, we have lost thirteen of them, won only four, and drew at Norwich City, and we’ve looked terrible most of the time.
If we play like this next season we will be relegated.
Olivier Giroud heads second goal – completely unmarked
We were fairly competent last night for the first 20 minutes or so, but then our weak defense couldn’t hold Arsenal, and at the half the game was basically over – and Arsenal were 2-0 up.
It was over because in 13 of those league games we haven’t been able to score, and after the game Alan Pardew had this to say:
“We have to reflect on the second half of the season.” “And make sure we don’t get ourselves in that position again.”
“We have to make sure we are stronger.” “The first half of the season maybe we overstepped the mark or excelled to a degree.”
“I thought we gave good value for money for this football club in the first half of the season.” “In the second half we haven’t.” “We have to make sure we give full value.”
Newcastle fans are completely fed up and now the next game at home to Cardiff City – the bottom of the league side over the season meets the bottom of the league side in the last 18 league games – which is Newcastle United.
A defeat in that game would just be too much to bear, let’s just say that.
Alan Pardew is at fault for this collapse for not being able to motivate our players, but so are the players themselves, who have played very poorly.
And so is the owner, who stupidly sold Yohan Cabaye in January, the second time Mike Ashley has sold our best player in the middle of a season and not replaced him.
What tells Mike Ashley that he should be the owner of a football club?
This is simply nowhere near good enough for Newcastle United.