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Pardew Or His Players To Blame For Tactics v Manchester City?

8 years ago
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The defeat at Manchester City wasn’t the most disappointing thing about the day, what was even worse was that Newcastle appeared to take to the pitch half beaten and showed little intention of trying to attack the opposition.

Every fan I have spoken to was disappointed with Alan Pardew’s approach to the match, feeling that it was the way he laid the team out.

Today Yohan Cabaye has talked to The Jounral about his disappointment at the performance;

“Of course we are disappointed, especially in the first half because we were really, really poor.

We played like a team who wanted a draw and it was the wrong mentality.

In the second half it was entirely different and if we’d scored one it would have been a different game. It is hard, I don’t know why we started so poorly.

We lacked technique and failed to keep the ball, we kept losing it.

We also played too deep and that didn’t help.”

I’m not trying to suggest there is a split between Alan Pardew and his captain elect but I think we’d all love to know exactly what instructions the manager sent his team out with.

While Cabaye may be right that the players contributed by not retaining the ball well enough, I still think the vast majority of fans will believe that Pardew sent the players out with the negative mindset as clearly when we had the ball there was nobody apart from Sissoko trying to get anywhere near supporting Papiss Cisse.

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