Alan Pardew was interviewed after the game today on Quest TV, and Alan said he takes much of the responsibility for what happened in that first half this afternoon, because Alan played two young lads up front.
Alan Pardew – I take the blame
This is what Alan Pardew said immediately after the game we lost 3-1 to a better Malaga side, and we were 3-0 down at the break:
¨To be honest I have to take a lot of the blame when I started two young players up front.¨ ¨Second half we were a lot better and the senior players who we brought on were a lot better.¨
¨And I protected a few today because we have a tough game tomorrow, and we will have a more experienced side out.¨ ¨I take a lot of the blame for today – but we’re getting there.¨
We suppose he’s talking about Adam Armstrong and Ayoze Perez as the two young players up front. and both were replaced at half time.
Newcastle were basically outclassed by a slick-passing Malaga side in the first half, but the lads came back well in the final 45 minutes, but the defense still appears to be a weakness, and at times in the first half we were all at sea.
Newcastle probably need to sign at least one new center-back this summer, to shore up the defensive options – and you cannot argue with the facts – that we conceded 59 goals in the Premier League last season, and a worst ever 68 goals conceded in the season before last.
That should tell us something – like our defense isn’t good enough.
We want to see a much improved performance tomorrow afternoon against our German hosts Schalke 04 – but that game will not be an easy one either.
What do you think?
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