Alan Pardew after the game admitted the obvious – that it was a very difficult atmosphere and surroundings for the Newcastle players to play in – but with a bit of luck in that second half they managed to come away with a terrific 3-0 win – but the scoreline doesn’t show just how difficult it was for Newcastle in that second half.
One of the few times Alan Pardew was on the sidelines today
A very good headed goal from Shola Ameobi on 18 minutes, after a wonderful pin-point cross from the very impressive Moussa Sissoko on the right wing, should have calmed the nerves a but – but it didn’t.
And Moussa then hit the post twice in the following five minutes, and if those shots had gone in it may have been a different story in the second half – but we really struggled as Cardiff came more and more into the game..
There was so much abuse being thrown at Alan Pardew that he decided rather wisely that it was better he remain seated and assistant manager John Carver was sent out to give the players instructions.
And there wasn’t the massive walkout that some fan organizations were hoping for – and had asked for – but it was maybe a few hundred fans that left after 69 minutes – if that – of over 50,000 who were at the game.
If they expected thousands to walk out they would have been very disappointed.
And the fans who left missed two Newcastle goals – which have been very rare this year – one from Loic Remy after 87 minutes – his 14th PL goal of the season – and then Steven Taylor went crazy after he scored his 14th goal for the club (in 10 years) in the first minute of stoppage time, to put a respectable scoreline on the game, but it was a flattering one for Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“Our fans are frustrated and upset and made it a difficult atmosphere.” “Coming to the sideline I was antagonizing them so I took a seat.”“We need to start next season strong.”
“You have to be resilient.” “Some of the criticism has been from left field and over the top, and that has fueled the anger here.”
It’s hard to remember when so much abuse was hurled at a Newcastle manager at St. James’ Park – but it’s happened in the past – but Pardew has taken a lot of it in his almost 42 months on Tyneside as the Newcastle manager.
Now we have to wait until after our last game at Liverpool next Sunday, to see if there are any changes made in the management at the club – but if we were to hazard a guess, we think Alan may even stay on as the manager.
But Mike Ashley has to fork out a huge war chest in the summer to rebuild the side, which has looked far too threadbare and weak this year.
The performances and results are testament to that.