Today’s inevitable defeat was made slightly more intriguing by Pardew’s bewildering formation and team selection. Playing devil’s advocate, you could say that at least he was trying to change things. Unfortunately for our manager, he doesn’t posses the necessary tactical skills to make a lot of difference.
Did anybody actually think we were going to win today? When I saw the line-up this morning, I was at the very least pleased to see Pardew was trying something new. Perhaps we would get something out of the game with a fresh approach. Alas, when you’re inexplicably putting Steven Taylor back in the side and adding Shola ‘3 goals in 71’ Ameobi to our attacking line up, could we hope for anything better than a 0-0 draw?
We looked like the exact team that we are. No confidence, no drive and no real point to our season. We have one player available at the moment that can create a goal and he is incapable of 90 minutes of football. He got injured within 5 minutes of coming on today; such is our plight at the moment. Before Christmas, Gouffran’s world cup chances were being talked up. Our fast decline since then have scuppered any chance of that and his performances of late look like those of a man who is thinking “what the fuck is this?”.
Rest of the squad had lazy indifferent games, as has become the norm of late. A midfield of Gosling and Tiote with Anita and Dummett as our wide players. That is the squad our system of ‘purples’ ,turquoises, lime greens has deemed stong enough to progress. Ashley is not a football man, at all.
Selling Cabaye didn’t have to be the catalyst for this total capitulation. However coinciding injuries (and lots of them) to our tiny squad, Pardew’s ban and subsequent failure to keep the team together when it has fallen apart have left us where we are since the Dreamboat left.
Summer can’t come quick enough. Ashley and Pardew (not certain) need to look at the freefall that has taken place since and really need to come up with some big action to restore any belief and empathy from the fans and more importantly, the players who just don’t look hooped at all. Even Shola couldn’t give a fuck today rendering his last remaining attribute ‘he’s a local lad so he cares’ redundant. At least we have Cardiff and Swansea to play at home. We’ll get some points from those games but we’re more likely to finish 10th than 8th at present. Bah.