“I can’t say we deserved to win and you could argue Villa did. We were a bit funny, lacked discipline and our set-plays were awful.
It was a nightmare from a coaching point of view. It wasn’t a great day for us on the sideline.
It was frustrating and we were having to change the shape and formation.
I don’t think the officials helped us – I thought they were poor for us in particular. But fair play to Villa, I take my hat off to them because they worked so hard and can be proud of their performance”.
All managers are going to make mistakes but once again Alan Pardew stands out in the Premier League and certainly since the days of KK and Sir Bobby (also an honourable mention for Chris Hughton), in terms of acknowledging where things went wrong and giving credit to others when due.
While injuries and lack of options meant to an extent, this was a day when the coaching staff lost the plot and teamwork on the pitch went out of the window.
Regularly outnumbered at the back and in midfield in the second-half, it needed some brave and calculated interceptions to save the day, plus I dread to think where we’d be if anything happened to Tim Krul.
I don’t think Newcastle can play any worse in terms of as a unit so in some ways you could look at this as a point won, even against a team that are clearly going to struggle this season.
When poor performances have happened in the past then very rarely has it been repeated next match, every confidence that will be the case once more and it will need to be for the trip to Goodison.