One of the things that Newcastle fans were asking after the great comeback yesterday, was what exactly did Alan Pardew say to the side yesterday at half time, because in the second half we were a completely different team, and so much better than our drab performance in the first 45 minutes.
Alan Pardew and John Carver celebrate great win
This may upset some fans who are dead against the manager, but Alan Pardew has to take some of the plaudits for changing the game around in Newcastle’s favor yesterday.
Some of our players looked inspired in that second half – Moussa Sissoko and Sammy Ameobi are just two good examples – and surprisingly Newcastle were just too much for the home side in those final 45 minutes.
And the referee even gave five minutes of added time at the end of the game, presumable so Spurs could equalize, although there had been few injury breaks in that second half – the TV commentators wondered where those five minutes came from.
This is what Pardew said about his half time team talk:
“There were a few strong words,” “We just said to them after the game it’s not nice as a manager to go in and bark out orders, but sometimes it’s necessary, just to shake people up because we needed shaking up.”
“It’s a little bit daunting, even for senior players, to be without Papiss and Cheick Tiote after our win last week, but the new guys stepped up to the plate and gave us belief.”
“Straight from the second-half, Jack Colback plays a forward pass, which was a rarity in the first half, and suddenly we got ourselves a goal.”
“I thought Spurs were very good first-half, but second-half, the attitude of our players just went up a level and it was the difference.”
After the game Moussa Sissoko had said “he wasn’t angry – he didn’t shout – but he wasn’t happy either” about Pardew at half time.
Maybe Alan Pardew and the players are turning this thing around, although we are still not where we want to be – but hey – a home win against Liverpool would be great next Saturday.
If our lads show the same dedication and energy they showed in the last 45 minutes yesterday, we are in with a chance of getting our third league win in a row.
Wouldn’t that be something.
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