Pardew ‘How NUFC React Is Vital’
Up to a point, I honestly think there is little difference in getting beat by five goals or one. Goal difference might play some part at the end of a season but over 38 matches the simple fact is that one point is worth more than a thousand goals in the final analysis.
Naturally, the most important aspect in the aftermath of a hammering, which we got at White Hart Lane, is how everybody reacts.
I’d like to think that on Saturday 25th February there won’t be a spare seat at St.James’ Park as Wolves come to town and we go searching for three points that will put Newcastle United bang back into the race for fourth and the mackems due in Toon next.
Alan Pardew had this to say as he reflected on the Spurs defeat;
“The most important thing in the Premier League is how you react.
We now have to react to it. We’ve had three key midfielders missing and when you play a team as good as Spurs, you need all of your best players.
We didn’t have that and we were punished for not having round pegs in round holes”.
Looking back over the season it is heartening that only once have Newcastle followed up one league defeat with another. That of course was following the disastrous home defeat by Chelsea, I say ‘disastrous’ not primarily in terms of the defeat but because it put Steven Taylor out for the season, plus Coloccini temporarily joined the injury list.
All of that meaning of course that United faced the at the time flying (sorry!) Canaries with a very soft centre missing Cheick Tiote and both first choice centre-backs. Even Williamson was still injured and emergency centre-halves Simpson and Perch wilted along with the rest of the team.
So those extreme circumstances did for Newcastle on that one double defeat occasion, if a Newcastle team likely to include Coloccini, Cabaye, Tiote, Ba and Cissé doesn’t overcome a poor Wolves side, maybe then we would have to accept that Spurs has got to the players and the ‘race for fourth’ no longer concerns us.
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