Some comments from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew after the game today, where Newcastle found a way to lose the game 2-1 – our seventh defeat in the last eight league games, and after doing well and leading 1-0 at half time from an own goal by Martin Skrtel, we conceded two goals in the 63rd and 65th minutes from set plays.
Alan Pardew – on the touchline today at Anfield
Shola Ameobi was probably playing his last game for Newcastle, and he was bizarrely sent off by referee Phil Dowd, when the 32 year-old picked up two quick yellow cards, and was sent off after 66 minutes.
Alan Pardew defended his center forward and it may be that Newcastle appeal the sending off – in fact they should do that.
This is some of what the Newcastle manager said after the game:
“We had a good game plan. Perhaps we were slightly unfortunate not to get the second goal when Gouff was one on one.¨ “The ref played a part in my view in the second half.¨
“He should have managed the game a lot better than he did. And we conceded two goals.¨ “He had a part in the first one by Vurnon Anita. Then there was a foul from Agger on Shola.¨
“Liverpool have had a fantastic season and they showed their quality. If you give too many set plays away it will hurt you.¨ “Unfortunately we didn’t quite do as well as we should have.”
In fact the game plan was good, and it was executed very well by Newcastle until the second half, when we started to concede far too many free kicks just outside the box, and we eventually paid for those fouls.
Newcastle have now lost 14 of our last 20 league games and we finished 10th, which is a six place improvement on last season, and the second best we have ever finished in the Premier League under Mike Ashley, and its also the second best points total – 49 – over the last seven seasons that Ashley has been in charge.
But that just shows how unsuccessful Mike Ashley has been at running the Newcastle club.