Alan Pardew talked about the 2-2 draw at Huddersfield tonight, when we were a little lucky to get a result, with Remy Cabella getting a great opportunistic goal after 88 minutes, after he was brilliantly set up by Ayoze Perez, from a quickly taken free kick, as time was running out.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle players were tired
This is what Pardew said immediately after the game tonight:
“I thought we looked a little bit tired from our exertions at the weekend.” “We have had three games in four days.” “And that’s tough on any team.
“We had good quality here and there.” “There was some fits and starts, but we have good players in good areas.” “We knew at the weekend it was going to be a tough schedule for the four teams involved.”
“Back to back is tough.” “We took this game on a Tuesday because it was a fatigue game for us.” “We coped with it quite well because Huddersfield had some good players.”
It’s been a brutal pre-season up to this point for the Magpies, there’s no doubt about that, with Newcastle playing 7 games in a short 21 days, and two of those games were in New Zealand and two were in Germany.
But Newcastle now have five days before our last pre-season game at home to Real Sociedad, before we play Manchester City a week on Sunday in our first league game of the season.
It’s hardly surprising that Newcastle players felt some fatigue tonight – but there can be no such excuses next Sunday.