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The Blame Game

8 years ago
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Another home defeat and poor display but why?  Coming out of St James’ on Saturday the talk I could overhear was being shared around a variety of directions.

‘Pardew is useless…tactically inept’. Is this the same man who scooped awards last year and had fans wetting themselves!!

‘Santon gives goals away, Simpson should never have gone off as at least he defends’. The same Santon who is generally top of the man of the match polls for his steady and progressive performances since he became a regular.  In my opinion potentially better than Enrique. Also, the same Simpson who gets criticised for not getting forward and delivering quality crosses or creating goalscoring opportunities.  He’s there to defend first surely.  Damned if he does damned if he doesn’t!!

One minute Sammy was ‘class’, the next he’s a turd on the bottom of your Adidas classics!!  To be fair he’s a kid trying to do a man’s job and being thrown in with other young uns.  It’s a lot to ask against seasoned professionals regardless of whether they’re Man Utd or Swansea City, there are no mugs in this league.

Then Williamson was singled out for abuse.  It got to the point where I had to turn to the kid behind me after Williamson had lumped the ball forward yet again to a volley of ‘you useless skinny tw*t, who was that to?”.  Well to be fair the defence had few options for the whole game and in that instance if Williamson hadn’t  launched the ball he was in danger of handing it back to them and beginning another attack towards Krul’s goal from his own half.  I asked my neighbour what options he had?  ‘Well he should of played it to the right winger’, who had a man up his backside on the half way line and not as straightforward a pass as it might have appeared.

The less said about Tim’s clearance for the first goal the better.  Individual errors aren’t helping but unfortunately they happen and I’m not going to suddenly start calling for his head on a silver platter.

People complaining that Cisse was not allowed to play, probably the same people shouting abuse at him for not scoring in every game this season (like he did last season) when he is on the pitch.

The squad is being shown up for the lack of depth we already knew about.  Those out there saying we don’t need signings as we finished top 5 with the squad we had, may be forced into a rethink.  Yes we hung onto our main men but we needed some decent back up.  We were lucky with injury and suspensions last year for a change.  While we’re at it, why don’t we have a pop at Graham Carr. Lauded as our greatest signing on an 8 year contract but for every Cabaye or Tiote there’s a Marveaux or Obertan.  Maybe he’s now a complete donkey?  I don’t think so, you win some you lose some and as long as you recognise that and improve the ones with potential ,or move on the rubbish, then fair enough.

My own theory is more about having to chop and change the team week in week out.  I don’t subscribe to the resting players in Europe crack.  I’d play my best team every game and once the match is won, start introducing some of the younger lads to gain experience among the senior pros.  It would be interesting to know how many times this season we have fielded the same team in consecutive games.  For one reason or another Pardew hasn’t had that choice to make.

Still Super Scout…?

My other observation would be that effort and perspiration are lacking at the minute.  Other teams seem to break in numbers with speed and intent.  When they haven’t got the ball they hustle us into errors.  We on the other hand seem to stand watching each other giving the opposition oodles of time to pick a pass or get back and defend.  As the irritating Hansen would quote ‘pass and move’.  So far our passing has been poor and our movement…well statuesque for the most part.  If we could at least do that you would hope the quality would tell in the end.  Unfortunately, the former is lacking.

That all said, we are in this together, Pardew, Carr, the players and coaching staff and as important as anyone else, are us the fans.  Maybe if we put as much effort into getting behind the team, regardless of how poor we may be at the moment, then we would have at least an atmosphere to be proud of.  The criticism started from almost the kick off and continued for most of the game.  Apart from the first ten minutes of the second half, the only time I really thought the fans got together was at 2-0 down and the moaners and whingers had decided enough was enough.  The real fans stayed to the bitter end and quite frankly I enjoyed that more.  The Strawberry Corner began to rock with proper support; win, lose or draw!!

Yes it is frustrating at the minute but it’s not like you can complain about your meal and ask for a refund, or choose a different restaurant next week.  Are all those that buggered off early, the same ones who are not embracing our Europa League qualification on a Thursday night?  After all, the players deserve our support given we banged on about how important achieving that was.  Maybe the fact it’s a league format rather than a straight knockout, people are more selective in attending.  For once the club have a decent price structure so it can’t be that, can it?  The way things are going, Europe as an incentive to keep our better players and attract new ones looks highly unlikely.

See you all there on Thursday to get behind the team for 90+ minutes then!!

For now in the league I’ll return to my pessimistic default position, 26 points to go and we can start to relax.  Newcastle United, guaranteed to kick you right in the Sir John Halls, sooner rather than later.

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