Newcastle have not made a particularly good start in terms of results at least, although the performances haven’t been too bad and the team obviously has to be given a little time to gel – but we really should have won yesterday and we had three decent chances – which fell to Gouffran, Cabella and de Jong – but the lads couldn’t score.
Alan Pardew - at Villa Park yesterday
Alan was seen trying to relax Remy as did a little jig on the sidelines and made a gesture to Cabella to smile – and that Pardew performance is doing the rounds on the internet.
Here’s what Alan had to say about it after the game:
“I just felt he was trying too hard. He had a lot of publicity last week for his performance against City and I just felt he was a bit tense.”
“He had a couple of great situations for us where he didn’t deliver, and that is not like him. So I was just trying to get him to play with a smile.”
“I spoke to him again at half-time and I thought he was better in the second half and he kept the balance of the team well.” “But he will play a lot better than he did today.”
We are hoping Newcastle can bring in a couple of players before the transfer window closes a week tomorrow, and we really need another striker who can take the chances we’ve had in the last couple of games, but failed to convert.
There’s also been a little bit of negativity from some fans, after we have taken only one point from the first two games, but we’ll keep supporting the lads and hope for the best – we now need a win on Tuesday night at Gillingham and at home next Saturday afternoon against Crystal Palace.
Daryl Janmaat and the irrepressible Jack Colback were Newcastle’s best two players today.
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