There’s not too much Alan Pardew could say after the game tonight, as Newcastle failed to score for the fourth game in six game in the league this season, and a huge problem we have is that we just cannot seem to score goals.
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That was epitomized in the 84th minute when Gabby Obertan made a great run down the right wing, crossed the ball to Jack Colback, who had the ball five yards out – and he somehow managed to hit the post – when he should have put the ball into the back of the net for the equalizer.
It’s not surprising that Alan Pardew didn’t look too good during the interview after the game, he’s taken so much abuse and criticism over the last several weeks.
But the manager handled himself very professionally both before and after the game on TV, to his credit.
This is what he said to Sky Sports after the game tonight:
“It leaves us in the bottom three. We’ve got to fight, I’ve got to fight and the team’s got to fight and that’s what we’ll continue to do until we turn it around.¨
“I don’t expect a serious conversation with Mike Ashley tonight but I think we’ll have some serious conversation before Saturday because he doesn’t want to lose and nor do I.¨
“It’s important that I showed to the team that I’m here to lead.¨ “I’ve never really been in this situation before – it’s unique – but I’m a professional football manager. That’s what I do, and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”
“It’s a tough place to come to – Stoke – on any given day but today was tough for us.¨ “There were only slight margins in the game, but unfortunately another defeat for us and you can’t keep getting beat so we’re going to have to address that.”
Mike Ashley did not look a happy man at the end of the game, and if Alan Pardew is to be fired we should hear about it tomorrow morning.
This is a low time for Newcastle United.
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