Alan Pardew seems to be getting a quick dose of reality, as he has obviously reviewed the tapes of the game at Southampton last Saturday, when not only were Newcastle powder puff up front, but our defense was leaking goals – and looked far too porous and uncertain against the Saints.
Alan Pardew – will face protests on Saturday
Alan will be giving his press conference tomorrow and it looks like he has spoken to the press after refusing to meet with them after the humiliation on Saturday.
This is what Alan has said:
“This is a time to stand up and deliver,” “Saturday’s an important game for us because we’ve had a difficult start.”
“Southampton was tough to take,” “As a group and individually we’re better than that and I take responsibility. It was a heavy defeat. It was a tough day for our fans, a tough day for the team and, certainly, a tough day for me.”
“The worry is how many goals are we going to score?” . “We’re aware of that. We need to find a formula which will get us some goals. We’ve spoken about how important making a good start against Hull is because that’s something we haven’t been doing.”
“We have to make sure we start well.” “The two injuries last week to Aarons and De Jong were blows, particularly mentally,”
Newcastle have been dealt a couple of severe injury blows in the last week, with the long term injury to Siem de Jong and wonder-kid Rolando Aarons is out for about another five weeks with his hamstring injury.
The very worst thing that can happen on Saturday is that we go behind in the game early – because that would open the doors for the protests against the manager to go into full force.
If that happens it will be very difficult for our players to come back – but no doubt they will be told before the game that they must be strong mentally, and that a win is still possible.
Of course the best thing is that we will score first (somehow), and that will give our lads the confidence to even go on and win the game – which seems unlikely at the moment.
And if our new players thought playing for Newcastle was going to be easy, they will have learned quickly it is not – especially when things are not going well.
You need to be mentally strong to be a success on Tyneside – that’s always been true.
The lads have a chance to prove they have that mental strength on Saturday, and produce something the fans can support – big time.
Howay The Lads!!
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