Alan Pardew has talked about the game on Saturday, and anybody who didn’t see the game and saw the 3-0 result, may have thought it was a rather easy win for Newcastle, after six successive defeats.
Shola Ameobi – heading home first goal
Bit ti wasn’t, and Newcastle were outplayed by Cardiff City in the second half, and a combination of good luck and some good defending from the likes of Tim Krul and Fab Coloccini saw us keep a clean sheet for the first time in seven games.
And then we added two late goals from Loic Remy and substitute Steven Taylor to add to the first half goal from Shola Ameobi, who scored for the second successive home game.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the game:
“Over the last six games we’ve not been as competitive, anywhere near as competitive as we should be for this club.” “When you’ve been on a run like that, you could see there was still a certain nervousness in our team.”
“I said to the players ‘look, the most important thing was the staff at the stadium and the training ground, that we got the win for them’. We wanted to get that in the bag. Even more important than that, was our fans – we have let them down.”
“You could sense it. It was only when the second goal went in that suddenly we started retaining the ball a little better, and we looked comfortable to get a third goal. It made us very, very edgy and obviously the environment didn’t help.”
“So I was really proud of the players. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that they responded to that challenge, because from a professional manager’s point of view, that was a tough game to play in.”
Alan’s right that it was a very tough environment for Pardew and the players on Saturday, but there again it was after six successive Premier League defeats, which has never happened before in the last 21 years.
It’s hardly surprising that Newcastle fans are fed up and disappointed at the decline of the team this year, and we are creating too many bad records, and it was way back in 1923, when my parents were born, that we last lost three games in a row to Sunderland.
And is anybody really looking forward to playing Sunderland again next season, if they survive, which now looks highly likely – with Gus Poyet and Alan Pardew as the two managers?
Pardew is 4-0 against Gus Poyet in games against Brighton and Sunderland, and when was the last time we lost four in a row to Sunderland?