Alan Pardew Is Stirred, Not Shaken
This was the manager’s take on the 90 minutes;
“It was obvious that when Demba Ba went, it the position we were in, it was a blow to the personality of the team. However, the new players have given us a lift.
Sissoko was magnificent in the first half, he’s going to be a powerful player in the Premier League.
Moussa Sissoko made a difference today with his power and control, plus he helped Papiss, who had been a bit isolated – especially since Demba left.
I have always had my eye on him and that was a nice little aperitif*** he showed tonight.
In the first half we were magnificent, we would have given anyone a game with that performance. We played as well as we have played all year.
However, in that second half we had to show another side to our game; to battle and to fight, everybody had to play their part.
We gave a goal away after three minutes (of second half), it knocked us a bit. We haven’t won for a while so we were a bit rash with our clearances”.
***Definition of Aperitif – ‘An alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite’.
Along with the manager I thought it was a magnificent opening forty five minutes and arguably Newcastle deserved to be 3 or 4 up as Aston Villa struggled to get in our half.
Some of the football and the composure shown on the ball was as good as anything we’ve seen under Alan Pardew and certainly it put me in the mood for a few alcoholic drinks.
However, while his players did dig in and throw themselves in front of everything in that second half, any repeat of that second forty five against a better team would almost certainly see us come away with nothing. As the match went on, there was hardly any players in black and white willing to try and keep the ball, apart from Tim Krul naturally…
I imagine that when Alan gets the lads together to review this match his job won’t be that difficult, showing them everything they did right in the first half and as for the second…this is your homework!
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