It’s the day after the night before and I am as angry now as I was after last night’s absolute shambles of a performance from our side last night. In the first half our back four absolutely capitulated as Santon, M’biwa, Coloccini and Debuchy gave us all a lesson in how not to defend in the Premier League. Romelu Lukaku was always going to be a thorn in our side, but with 2 goals and an assist in 45 minutes, even he could not have wished for a better half, but the Newcastle United defence did themselves no favours.
With Santon lunging in and getting caught out of position, M’biwa and Coloccini failing to understand the concept of marking and positioning. and Debuchy pretty much carrying on with his poor start to the season, we were always going to struggle, and struggle we did.
I wrote and article last week with comments from Neville Southall who had pointed out that Pardew makes excuse after excuse and never holds his hands up for a defeat, and guess what? He still hasn’t. This is the rubbish he had to say to the media about the defeat,
“What was said at half-time was more about personal pride than anything else.
“Our fans are disappointed, and rightly so, after that first half.
“The players responded, and that is one good thing.
“It would’ve been fortuitous for us if we’d got something from the game. The first half wasn’t good enough.
“The second half was much more like it, we showed a bit of pride and passion, won some headers, won some tackles and made some forward passes.
“It was important I reminded them (at half time) of the nuts and bolts of the game – there are fundamentals that need to be done in the team ethic, and I didn’t think we did those in the first half.
“They are a good side, but we stood off them too much in the first half, and a couple of goals were more than defendable.”
I’m sorry, but there was absolutely nothing in our second half display that showed any sort of passion, or “nuts and bolts” football as Pardew inexplicably calls it. Cabaye hit a wonder strike, and Remy hit a consolation to take the gloss off of it. Bearing in mind that Everton pretty much switched off for the entirety of the 2nd half. As for the 2nd half being better than the 1st? It couldn’t have got worse Alan, therefore an improvement was expected!
Instead of tearing into the team, instead of holding his hands up and saying, “I was wrong to put Cabaye on the bench because Tiote is clearly useless…” he comes out with this inane drivel, that is hollow, and goes around the houses without saying anything of any substance. We won some headers? We won some tackles? We made forward passes? That’s called playing football you idiot!
It doesn’t matter though. Pardew won’t get sacked. He’s Ashley’s yes man, and is invaluable to him, because so long as Pardew is at the club, Ashley can distance himself from the immediate criticism. People will be blinded by Pardew’s idiocy and forget that this is all Mike Ashley’s doing. The sooner we get rid of the ringleader of the circus, then the clown (Kinnear) and the performing seal (Pardew) will soon follow.
What do you think? Was our second half a more “passionate” display as Pardew seems to think? Or is he talking out of his rear end as per usual? I’d love to hear your views.