A dour looking Alan Pardew was interviewed immediately after the game on the NBC Sports Network over here in the US this afternoon.
Alan Pardew – on the sidelines at Arsenal today
This is what the Newcastle manager said after we were well beaten 4-1 by Arsenal today:
¨We play a lot better than that usually, but we missed Sissoko today, there’s no doubt about that.¨ ¨We didn’t get the balance right and I have to look at myself as well in terms of the selection of the team.¨
¨We need to cope without Sissoko because he’s not going to play every week.¨ ¨But he’s been a big player for us and we missed him today.¨
There will be a tendency to over-react to this thumping – but we were missing an awful lot of players today through injury and suspension – about twelve in total – but unfortunately there are not many of them coming back before January.
Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor are now available for the Capital One Cup game at Tottenham on Wednesday night, after being suspended for today’s game, and they may come straight back into the side.
And Rolando Aarons should be fairly close to being fit again, and maybe he can play at White Hart Lane, and Mehdi Abeid could be close to being fit too.
But Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Ryan Taylor, Gabby Obertan, Siem de Jong and Davide Santon will not be fit until next year, and will miss the hectic holiday season of games.
A bright spot for Newcastle today was the overall play of Ayoze Perez who scored a good goal out of nothing, from another good Jack Colback free-kick, for this fourth goal of the season.
Jack Colback had another solid display for the Magpies, but Daryl Janmaat picked up his fifth yellow card in the second half with just 9 minutes to go in the game, and will now miss the game at Tottenham.
Wonder how many players have been missing in our games this season through injury and suspension?
It’s too many – whatever the number is.
Oh well – we can always turn things around on Wednesday night by winning the game at White Hart Lane and advance to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.
And then we take on Sunderland at home next Sunday.
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