Alan Pardew tried to put a brave face on the fourth defeat in a row for Newcastle United against Sunderland today – the first time that has happened in 116 years of the fixture, and today was the 151st meeting between Newcastle and Sunderland.
Alan Pardew at the final whistle today
It’s not a very good record for Alan Pardew to have, and to be fair to Newcastle we were going all out for the winner, just before Adam Johnson scored after 90 minutes.
Just before he scored Moussa Sissoko had a superb shot tipped brilliantly over the bar by Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, and from the resulting corner Sunderland had a quick counter attack which led to Johnson scoring the winner.
This is what a dejected Newcastle manager said after the game:
“Of course it is painful,” “The players, after a first half where we got wrapped up in the emotion… giving away fouls, some strange moments – the second half we were much more composed and started to create chances.”
“But the longer you go on you know there is a risk, you’re always liable to over-commit and one fault we had today was that we over-committed, particularly with the history of this – they have caught us on the counter before and they did it again today.”
“This club want to see goals, and I am never going to manage this club and accept a draw as a positive result.” “We should still have the discipline in the team, it was our defenders that over-committed not the attacking players, but I am not going to criticise them they tried to win the game.”
“You could see at the end the players gave everything, you can’t say we didn’t. Football being football you don’t get your just desserts.” “It hurts, I just feel that I can only take them game by game, today’s performance to a certain extent was a good one.”
“There were some great performances from both teams and one of the better derbies I have been involved in, they edged the first half but second half we came into it and we perhaps did enough to win it.”
“Today was a key game, the two fixtures we had, Arsenal and Spurs, were difficult but this game compounds that and we have to lick our wounds, we have had some tough games but this was a critical fixture.”
In the circumstances (it was an absolutely disastrous result for Newcastle) those are decent words from the manager.
Certainly it was an exciting game especially in the second half, as both teams created chances and wanted to win the game – but it was also obvious that both clubs have trouble scoring goals these days, and most of the chances were missed.
It was good to see 17 year-old Geordie Adam Armstrong come on in the second half, and we had six Geordies on the field – five started the game – when was the last time that happened – 1899?
But why did Pardew wait so long to bring on Papiss Cisse in the second half?
But given it looked like it was going to end 0-0 and Newcastle would get just one point, it’s hard to criticize the lads for pushing for the winner, and being caught out right at the end.
Hopefully, we will have some of our injured players back (very) soon, but Cheick Tiote managed (again) to pick up a yellow card and he is suspended for the game at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
Cheick Tiote can often be a liability to Newcastle – am I the only one that thinks that?
We hope that Mehdi Abeid can play in that game on Friday – we have been very impressed when the Algerian has come into the side this season.
And lastly, we thought Jak Alnwick had a solid game – and he showed great courage in coming back from his display at Tottenham in mid-week – certainly he had no chance with the goal – Johnson hit the ball into the goal at around 100 mph.
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