Don’t Blame Pardew For The Sunderland Defeat

In his column in the Chronicle today former Newcastle left back Olivier Bernard has sympathy for the Newcastle manager, and thinks taking Cheick Tiote off after 75 minutes for Papiss Cisse unbalanced the side, and ultimately led to the Newcastle defeat.

alan pardew at end of 4th SAundelrand defeat

A distraught Alan Pardew after the game against Sunderland

This is some of what Bernard wrote today:

What changed it for us was when Pardew decided to change things tactically to chase the game.

It’s a risk when you take your holding midfielder off to bring on a striker, and no one needs reminding that it backfired in the final minute.

Without Tiote, as soon as Newcastle United lost the ball we looked weak and unbalanced. Jack Colback was on a yellow card, making it harder for him to put a foot in.

I don’t blame Pardew for doing it – I was in the stands on Sunday and every Newcastle fan at St James’ Park on Sunday knew we could win that game.

Everyone probably would have done the same because it seemed like a goal was coming.

After 75 minutes Newcastle were gaining the upper hand and we’ve seen three previous games at Newcastle when the lads managed to get the vital winning goal late in the game – against Leicester, Liverpool and QPR.

And it looked as though that could happen again against Sunderland, and it’s hard to blame the lads or the manager for going for the win – after we had previously been beaten three times in a row by Sunderland.

We were wondering why the manager waited until 15 minutes to go before he brought on Papiss, so we assume he wasn’t feeling too good and it seems that knee of his is still a problem.

But Alan Pardew did get the blame and we saw some headlines after the game suggesting it was time for Alan Pardew to leave Newcastle.

After winning six games in a row – with wins at Tottenham and Manchester City – and a home win against Chelsea?

That’s makes no sense at all right now.

But of course the passions at the end of the game were high – very high – and somebody had to be blamed.

We’re now in another bit of a slump with three defeats on the trot, so we are looking for at least a good spirited display at Manchester United on Boxing Day.

And hey, if we can do that we may even be able to take something out of the game.

What do you think?

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11 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Welsh – it makes sense if you leave the ‘on this blog’ bit off the end of your statement.

  • bladeuser

    Dec 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #2

    F**k pardew and his kiss arse lovers we should have been 2-0 down well before king pardew did what any manager should do try to win the game at home maybe if he had of went for it from the start if it had of went tits up we would of had more time to put it right so stop defending the arsehole its boring now and a bit nauseous

  • Brutooon

    Dec 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #3

    6 wins in a row follow by a 20 games losses in a row


  • elgeordie

    Dec 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Pardew is shite but he’s not the root of the problem, we’ll hit a good run soon hopefully which will keep us up and the sheep will be happy. Merry Christmas everyone sorry to be negative x

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 24, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #5



  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 24, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Don’t blame it in on pardew
    Don’t blame it on Ashley
    Don’t blame it on the players
    Blame it on a boogie.

    Ha ha ha

    The Jackson’s.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 24, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #7

    happy xmas to one and all

  • firebug666

    Dec 24, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Merry Xmas one and all, hopr you all have a great day.

  • magscar

    Dec 25, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Back to being a reader but feel it would be Scrooge like not to add my best wishes to those of other posters and wish a happy Christmas to Ed, all on Blog and to all who follow NUFC.

  • toonincheek

    Dec 25, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #10

    t-brotehr (from last thread:

    Based on your (limited) logic/stats on goals conceded:

    A 3-2 win with Colo means 2 goals conceded
    A 0-1 loss without Colo means 1 goal conceded.
    Therefore our defence is twice as sound without Colo.

    Man up and accept that the bottom line is average
    points per game.

  • Lynny

    Dec 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Ok right this is the crack. Cisse should have started. Even so He should have came on when Armstrong did! Taking Tiote off was a mugs game. Lest we forget this is the 4th time in a row we have been beaten by shite! No excusess! They have let the city down again! Football aside Merry Christmas lads and lasses 🙂


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