United were humiliated by an average Spurs side (albeit sprinkled with talent) and the wheels have well and truly come off at Newcastle United. By my calculations there were 4600 home fans there last night and that stat in itself probably defies belief more than what happened on the pitch as few teams in the world could pull in such a crowd after the 2014 we’ve had.
He’s still the man for me, but what is clear is Alan Pardew is not a good manager when the chips are down. If we were ever in any serious danger of relegation I’d not want him near the place. His comments after the match mirrored my own views. Missing key players etc does not mean you need to lose at home 4 0. Why play 4 in midfield against their 5? Why pick Steven Taylor when he’d struggle in the Championship? Why not get everyone behind the ball and hit them on the break. Why not play for a draw and try and scrape a win?
Yet again we were way too open. It’s like Pardew cannot accept going into a game as underdogs, which considering our injuries, recent results and the two teams respective form, we were. There were fitness doubts over Krul, Debuchy, Goufrann, Cisse and De Jong. You’ve got to make it hard for the opposition. We didn’t. Maybe Lee Ryder would and Louise Taylor would have kicked off if we’d been negative, dour and all running and work rate, but that shouldn’t bother the manager. Losing games 4 0 at home can scar a team. Teams coming to SJP know they can score if they have a go. The damage is long term.
Thank god we haven’t got a game this weekend. We need to savage a rank Villa side for Pardew not to lose those of us still talking him up as the man for the job. We still owe Villa a hiding as well, as we always will.
Neil Cameron, The Journal
Short, sweet and to the point. United are in free fall and Pardew, having broken some impressive records earlier in the season, is racking them up at the other end of the scale at a rate of knots.
Louise Taylor, The Guardian
Please make it stop. Taylor’s match reports are baffling. Taylor is very much a Pardew fan (like me) but United were fucking gash and you wouldn’t know it reading this. She’s right that Villa, on telly, is a massive game.
David Coverdale, The S*n
You have to sign up and pay or something to read the report. Another reason not to buy the S*n.
Martin Hardy, The Independant
Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs – that’s basically how it reads as Hardy is only interested in one club. On this occasion, that suits me fine.
The Spurs Web
A spurs account of the game. Obviously we don’t really get a mention and he thinks they were ruthless. Fair enough.
NUFC Blog – The Newcastle United Blog
The first thing that strikes you about this NUFC blog (and has been a running theme when I’ve examined each United blog so far) is the speed that opinion and content is delivered. The day after the game there’s opinion and news about the game delivered as well as a man of the match poll you can vote in.
Quite incredibly they have hundreds of comments on each post – I’ve never seen such a devoted following for a blog, from any club. I got 10 comments on one of these blogs once and I called all my friends and family to tell them (though asked them not to read the comments as more often than not it’s stick for being pro-Pardew and pro-Ashley (which I’m not). For Ed Harrison (for whom you can find a small bio on the home page) to have built such a successful NUFC network, is impressive.