AlanPardew40Alan Pardew occupies a unique position tonight.

After the worst match of the season, the manager has claimed, “We performed well today”.

In the lead up to the match Pardew had asked the players to reward the fans for their support, I really hope this isn’t what he had in mind…;

“Not too many moments in the game but that suited us because we needed to get something today. We needed a show of spirit of the pitch and a belief and show our fans that we’re up for the fight and we did in no uncertain terms.

We take that to a home match against Reading.

It’s very important (the clean sheet), but also momentum, it gives something to build on. We’ve worked hard on the back four and I think that showed.

It was a good performance, thought the goalie was terrific as well, coming to get some crosses and taking the sting. It’s a tough place here because they are  very much a goal threat from crosses and they do it well.

We performed well today”.

Watching that rubbish today, Alan Pardew clearly set his stall out for a point, nothing wrong with that….up to a point.

However, this was against a club who had lost their last four matches and who were missing all of their frontline strikers.

In those circumstances, how hard is it to grind out a point against an average team missing their forwards?

Having watched the ninety minutes I reckon that was one of our five or six most winnable matches of the last seventeen and we never looked like scoring.

One positive (possibly) is that the way Newcastle approached this match leaves you in no doubt that Alan Pardew and everybody else at St.James’ Park knows we are in a relegation fight, getting out of it might prove a little more difficult.

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