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Alan Pardew ‘We Got A Bad Start To The Game…’

8 years ago
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When the news of the starting eleven came through in the pub everybody groaned.

Both Alan Pardew and Hatem Ben Arfa said the Frenchman was 100% fit and he was even stuck on front of the match programme and interviewed inside, so at least some four or five days (when the interview would have happened) ago Hatem was saying he was fit.

This is what the manager said after the match;

Well unfortunately today we got a bad start to the game and we never got going at all, it was an awful performance from us.

Looking from the sidelines we need to do something about that for next week.

Most important message is that we all have to stick together and we have to get disciplined & organised for next week because we got run ragged .”

Setting the team up in the way that he did was just so negative, it is all very well taking the position that you have somebody like Ben Arfa on the bench to save the game if you go behind but when the negative tactics put you two down, it is then X times harder to influence the game as a flair player.

Plus of course one slip and you are then three down when you are trying to get back into the game, whereas if you start with an attacking formation and go one down then you still can turn it around.

I don’t think sacking Pardew before the end of the season would help anybody but every aspect of the club needs re-evaluated in the summer.

In the meantime Alan Pardew has to be sending teams out to try and score the first goal, I have a feeling that doing anything else will only invite disaster.

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