If Alan Pardew had any doubts that he had taken on the biggest job he will ever have in early December – as manager of Newcastle United – then these last few days will have convinced him otherwise.
Shola – has broken cheek bone
It seems only at Newcastle can we keep shooting ourselves in the foot, and not only have we lost our talisman striker Andy Carroll, which has ripped the guts out of Newcastle supporters everywhere, but the other local lad who could have filled in – at least until the end of the season – Shola Ameobi – is now out for some time with a suspected broken cheek bone.
It has once again highlighted the incompetent way in which the club is being run, and shouldn’t we get a Chairman in who actually knows what he’s doing?
Alan Pardew and the Newcastle club seem to be in some difficulty right now, because after last night’s performance we have to think most of the players are like the fans – and are simply devastated by the events of last Monday.
Alan tried to talk about the game last night:
“Even though we were diligent, we could have been a lot better,”
“A little bit missing tonight, a bit off on some of our passing but so were they and there wasn’t much in it, and they team who scored first was going to win.”
Newcastle’s strikers were the focus of last night, and Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Best and Ranger are the only strikers we have and the question was can they fill in until the end of the season. Last night Best didn’t turn up, and Nile Ranger seems too raw to be able to make an impact at just 19 years old.
We can take Shola out of that list now, as he was injured after only 13 minutes last night.
Pardew was not happy with the injury of course, and now the whole of our tactics will need to change because we have no Carroll or Ameobi up front:
“The injury obviously hasn’t helped our cause, we are really light now and need to be careful,”
“The diagnosis for Shola Ameobi isn’t good, he has got a dent in his cheek bone which suggests he may have fractured it. It was a big blow to us in the game and it affected our game plan.”
“Shola has been very important for us, his performances have been very good and it was a blow to lose him so early.”
“We put a system out on the pitch so we could score goals. We’ve had good goals in the side but there’s no doubt that Shola’s injury is a blow.
“We need to make sure we play our game to suit the strikers we have now.”
Every game is important through the end of the season, and a win last night would have done wonders to lift the spirits of everybody associated with the club, but a defeat against a poor Fulham side, who have struggled all season, have made things even worse – unfortunately.
“I am disappointed as we did really well tonight, but just got caught on a corner and I think that it was our recoveries that were a little misshapen, which left us in 1-on-1 situations at the back which is unlike us,”
“We had some good performances tonight, but it was a real tight affair with a side in form.” “We’ve got 30 points but we need to make sure that we build on that.”
And Pardew was also unhappy with the pathetic pitch at Craven Cottage, but picked out local lad Harper in goal, and Jose Enrique for special praise:
“I was disappointed the game was so scrappy. The pitch made it difficult for us and Fulham.”
“No side could string 10 passes together, it was more like two, three, four passes. I felt we lost our way a bit during the game.”
“Steve Harper in goal was terrific. Jose Enrique, even though on the goal he was slightly at fault, he was absolutely outstanding at left-back.”
“He is one of the best left-backs in this division.”
The lads will be in a bit of a plight if we also lose at home to Arsenal on Saturday – but it’s time for Alan Pardew and Kevin Nolan to pull this side together, before we lose all the good work that has been done so far this season.
The time for mourning has to be over – right now.