Winning away to a Championship team and keeping a clean sheet, no wonder Alan Pardew was satisfied after today’s friendly.

The win at Blackpool pleased the manager but the squad limitations are already obvious.

SholaAmeobi2Interviewed after the match by the club’s official TV channel, Alan Pardew revealed that a number of the players are still building up to full match fitness and he singled out Davide Santon as one in particular.

While Shola scored a third pre-season goal I think the vast majority of us know that he is not the answer when we kick off our Premier League campaign. The manager refers to lacking options in the attacking areas and unless extra players are added, there is once again a massive (over?) reliance on getting the missing Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa onto the pitch and fully wound up.

“A real tough day in the sun, to win the game was a bonus considering the players we left behind.

Not all the players are capable of ninety minutes just yet, Davide Santon being one in particular.

Shola’s got a dead leg which might keep him out on Tuesday but I don’t see any longer than that. He looks sharp and he had a couple of other chances, we missed him when he went off because obviously we are lacking a few options in attacking areas.”

18 comments
DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

I think accusing someone of getting sent off on purpose is harsh.  Was it stupid on Williamsons' behalf?  Of course.  He should never have launched in the way he did.  But on purpose?  That is being a little harsh.  I think it was more out of pure abject frustration and it is clear that Willo and Colo can't play together, just as it is everytime they do...and yet we have no other options.


All Carver is doing now is burning bridges as he struggles to figure out what to do.  I honestly believe he cares about the club, but he just doesn't know what to do in the "head-coach" chair to stop this slide towards relegation.  I think he is now at the stage where he is lashing out at players for his own short-fallings. As much as I wanted Pardew out, he at least showed glimpses of getting it right now and again and also had a better understanding of how to motivate the team.  


Is McClaren the answer?  I'm not sure he is.  BUT, he has to be better than what we currently have.  Even if just to sweep the negativity out of the room.  Carver has clearly lost the dressing room and it's hard to see how he is expecting the players to get themselves up and play for him after the attack at the weekend....if we can field a full side in the first place.   


Hopefully this is the perfect chance for fans to not go to the next game.  Protest and try to force change.  The club cannot survive if things keep on going like this!

Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

There is no way he got sent off on purpose, I've looked at it closely and Williamson committed himself to tackle before he was off the pitch but both players were travelling at speed and by the time his leg went in HE was off the pitch but the tackle does start/initiate while on pitch.

Carver has got to go.

dude 1
dude 1

Williamson say what you want as a professional footballer only you know what you did it's easy to say I dint do it on purpose well if that's so why tackle the kid and get yourself sent off muppet

Having played the game at a high level watching what you done as it happened I thought you done it to get out of the firing line

Why you ask well you are like any other human being if you are getting a good slagging you tend to look for a way out to me you seem to have no footballing brain yet some one seen something in you to become a professional footballer but lately ( the last 2years) I think you have been out of your depth maybe the game is has become to fast for you then if this is so why have you not adapted yor game to suit like a good pro would

I think you don't like carver because he has been straight with you and you didn't like it ( and I say this and I am not a carver supporter) as a professional footballer you have let yourself down as well as your employer in. Any other trade you would be out the door so personally I think you and the rest of your pals need to take a good look at yourselves

If we get relegated you lot will ask your agents to find a new club where we as supporters will just suffer and live in hope that we can recover from this mess that you lot (and I include all at NUFC) have got us into.

Cornflake
Cornflake

No way he meant to do it, he's just a poor player that Carver and company seem to think he qualifies as a Premier League starting player.

For all the talk of Carver on Williamson, if you didn't know better, you'd think he'd be rotting on the bench or awol like Ben Arfa....but nope, he's started for us basically all year long.  If Carver really think this, why would you have him all year in your starting ranks.  Hate the way he talks to media, did he learn nothing from Pardew?

Pardew was delusional, but always protected his players, which I can respect.  Carver seems willing to throw players under the bus.  I can tell you, players don't respond well in these days to that behaviour.

contactne8
contactne8

If carver is in charge for the last 3 games they will get relegated because the players are not

playing for him,and most of them know they will probably not be at the club next season so

they don't give a toss whether they stay up or not.


Jimmywayhay
Jimmywayhay

Carver talks like a fan ,but nowadays the players have to be protected from criticism ,unfortunately this bunch don't deserve that luxury .Who would want to join this rabble ,time for a clear out from top to bottom ,the rest of Ashleys employees at sports direct to have the luxury of being so pampered !

JRobR
JRobR

"I'm not saying he meant it, although I could be saying he meant it.......yeah I think he meant it." The ramblings of an idiot. Engage brain (if you have one John) before operating mouth.

Deltic13
Deltic13

Let's pull no punches here.

The team were and are CRAP.

Williamson is crap.

Carver is crap.

Nufc under this regime are crap.

And Ashley is a c*nt.

So basically I care not one jot what's happening now.

I just wish they would all chin each other.

ilullissat
ilullissat

@Deltic13 Yeh the team are sh.te,the owners are sh.te and his poxy SD and the strip sponsors are sh.te.In fact the word sh.te is too good for them 

mick57
mick57

Whether Williamson did it deliberately or not for carver to come out and hang him out to dry is a disgrace. I do not rate Williamson as a player but carver should have dealt with it in house. This is why we chuck it in every game when we go behind. No team spirit because he had lost the dressing room completely. Alongside his bewildering team selections and tactical inadequacies he will relegate us. People say it is not just his fault but like pardew he toed the party line during transfer window "top.players happy with depth and quality of squad" total garbage. As culpable as Ashley, charnley and pardew before him. The ones that suffer are us the fans. I believe we will go down and we will be in the wilderness for many years. Ashley could well walk, take his loan and we would be in the sh*t.A tragedy for the club, the fans and the city

BuckBlack
BuckBlack

@mentalman He comes dirt cheap; there's little chance he'd steer us into a place in Europe or a cup run; he might not get us relegated.


That was the reasoning behind giving Carver the job. Sickening.


Ashley out.

mentalman
mentalman

I don't think he's ever had the dressing room the players already knew what he was like before he took over

A lex
A lex

Pretty damning that Williamson apologises to fans and team-mates, but not to his manager. Enough said.