Obviously we don’t know what happens within the four walls of the dressing room but Alan Pardew’s laidback approach to losing a two goal lead is at odds with most other managers we’ve had, rightly or wrongly.
Any of you who have played football at any level know that the game can bite you on the backside when you least expect it. Yesterday saw a flat performance with the odd flash of talent and only really the Santon/Jonas leftside duo performing near to their ability.
If there was a mistake made, I believe it was not going all out for the third goal to finish them off in the first half. There again that may have exposed our misfiring team to the risk of earlier goals than Wolves eventually got.
I’ve got no problems with manager’s cool reaction, whatever he may say to the players directly, I certainly prefer it to the cowardly behaviour of the likes of Souness and Allardyce in the past who would always put the blame on the players to deflect from their own shortcomings.
Alan Pardew had this to say after the match when speaking to the official website;
But I am not overly concerned. We look like we have got a goal-threat up the top of the pitch, that’s the most important thing. The defensive side of it, we just need to adjust a little bit.
I just know that this team can play a lot better than that but we had some positives today.
We looked like we can get a goal, we looked like the two up top are going to score goals, Hatem did a nice cameo when he came on.
We have got assets to this team that are going to come to the fore in the next 12 games.
We have got a fantastic points total, and we will go to the next game”.