Alan Pardew Looks For A Consistent Message
After Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Hull City, the Newcastle United manager has urged his players to start displaying levels of “collective consistency” similar to those that saw them finish 5th in the Premier League season before last.
Victory for the Magpies could have lifted them as high as second in the table, if only briefly. Instead, however, thanks to United twice letting the lead slip and finally succumbing to defeat, they now sit eleventh.
Pardew claimed a victory had looked “on the cards,” but accepted that his side had thrown away the opportunity against a Hull City side who had “played very well.” Delving deeper, speaking to the Chronicle, Pardew pointed to lack of commitment in defence and a failure to capitalise on a positive start as two main factors in the Magpies first home defeat of the season.
“It was tightness that got us the victory against Villa [last week]. I thought the whole team could have been more defensively committed.
I think when we scored, we just went down a gear and that is sometimes enough to give hope to the opposition. This is a place [St James’ Park] where we need to crank it up and keep the pressure on all the time.
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