Alan Pardew was pleased with the overall performance of the Newcastle team today – and one thing was obvious – we have players who will run their socks off for the Newcastle cause, and the lads almost got a point today – and against lesser teams than Manchester City – we would have won this game.
Alan Pardew and Manuel Pellegrini pointing today
But there’s a reason why Manchester City have won the Premier League in two of the last three seasons, and that’s because they have some world-class players – and that was obvious today – especially in the first half.
But give credit to the Newcastle players who came roaring back in the second half, after being 1-0 down at half time – and with just a little bit of luck we could have taken something out of this game.
This is what Alan Pardew said to Sky Sports immediately after the game:
“It was frustrating for us because in the second half we really pushed on up and put some younger players on, who were a bit naive at times, but who threatened with their pace. We just couldn’t get that equalizer.¨
“I feel that if we could have got that then we could have gone on to win it because we looked like we had more legs in the team.¨ “We were brave, we went for it and there were some outstanding performances.¨
¨All the players were solid and Remy gave us some moments around the box that we haven’t had for a long time.” “There were a couple of times when we broke down today and perhaps rushed it, with people not understanding Manu’s Riviera runs, but that will come.¨
“But it was a really good team effort against, let’s be honest, real quality, and the quality won it today.¨ “I was pleased with a lot of the aspects of today’s game. The defence was solid and the crowd were magnificent.”
From what we saw today we need to bring in another striker, and while the defense was fairly solid, we still looked too porous at times, and we’d love for Newcastle to bring in a good center-back before September 2nd rolls around.
And it looks like Jack Colback was our best player today – and he hardly ever gave the ball away – this lad can become a great signing for Newcastle and the price wasn’t too bad either – a free agent.
It was great to see the way Jack closed players down today – and hey – this lad can become a future captain at Newcastle United.
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