Pardew blames crowd, West Ham tactics and not scoring for defeat
Posted on November 12th, 2012 | 68 Comments |
Newcastle United’s Silver Supremo, Alan “Pardiola” Pardew has been explaining the reasons for the Magpies’ somewhat disappointing performance against West Ham on Sunday, giving several reasons for the team’s capitulation to the visitors.
Speaking to Lee Ryder for today’s Chronic, he began by blaming the failure to get the crowd behind them in the first twenty minutes of the game, and West Ham’s ex Magpie captain, Kevin Nolan, for scoring a goal saying:
“The first 20 minutes we were not at our best. We need to get the crowd behind us and get them involved and we did not. We kicked ourselves for going behind.”
Moving on, he then put the spotlight on his own teams failure to get a goal, something which football experts such as Pardew know is an essential ingredient when it comes to winning football matches. Also making a passing reference to a headed Demba Ba effort in the 47th minute of the game, which was clawed away from the goal line by Jussi Jaaskelainen, he continued:
“Unfortunately in the second half we just could not get a goal, although one of the decisions looks very tight.”
Once again stressing the crucial importance of scoring goals in football games, this time at home, he then went on:
“We have to score one or two goals in every home game. It was disappointing.”
Finally, he also blamed the fact that his opposite number at West Ham, “Fat” Sam Allardyce used something which Ryder referred to as “abject tactics” to actually make it difficult for Pardew’s men, and even try and win the game for the visitors. On this the Grey Gaffer remarked:
“That is what they are going to do. They have been doing that all season. They make it difficult for you.”
Unfortunately for Newcastle United, it could well be the case that our next opponents, Swansea City, may also use “tactics” of some sort in an attempt to make it as difficult as possible for Newcastle United to win the game, as it has become quite a common thing in both the Premiership and other football leagues around the world. Here’s hoping that Swansea City manager, Michael Laudrup, hasn’t heard of this new craze which is sweeping the game just yet.
Harry Enfield’s football expert, a major influence on Pardew’s interview style, tells it like it is on the BBC’s “Match of the Day.”