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Whose Fault Is It Anyway?

8 years ago

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “Is it my fault we were poor?”

The last home game my routine of getting the Metro was disrupted forcing an alternative route to St James via a taxi (‘[intlink id=”33528″ type=”post”]Superstition Smashed\'[/intlink]) which actually worked out better as we sneaked a win breaking a hoodoo that had existed since moving house.

Yesterday the Metro made it all the way there unscathed and bad luck seemed to return with a vengeance.

Last week everyone was cock-a-hoop after a great away win and suddenly our glass is not just half full but overflowing.  I’ll wager most people expected us to be turning Hull over easily yesterday and that was evident by many around me expressing their frustrations shouting, “it’s only Hull FFS, we should be hammering these man!!”, when the team suddenly decide they don’t fancy it.  If only it were that simple.  If that’s the attitude towards our opponents then we’re in for a long old season again.

Now I get all the animosity to Ashley, JFK and Pardew – it’s a no brainer but unless somebody has a sure fire way of changing that then unfortunately we’re stuck with them.  So who else can we blame?

What about the players, surely they have to take some responsibility too?  For the first 15 minutes we were awesome, in their faces, never let them settle, pinch a goal and it’s looking promising, we’ll continue to press and it could be 2 or 3 by half-time.  Then for some inexplicable reason we suddenly decide to stop doing the things that had got us into such a good position and allow Hull the freedom of the pitch.  Tom Huddlestone went from being totally anonymous to looking like the world’s greatest central midfielder having 10 yards of space to do what he wanted every time he got the ball.

Now in the pub afterwards, this was apparently Pardew’s fault.  Now I must admit as someone who has played football, albeit not to Premier League standard, I found this a bit ridiculous.  If I’m playing against a team I think we should be mullering and we’re already doing that and winning one nil, why on earth as the team on the pitch would I decide to stop playing?

In short I bloody wouldn’t and I can’t for one minute think the players would think that.  My pal’s reasoning is that Pardew is so scared of losing that apparently his team listen to his calls to try and shut up shop after only 15 minutes.  Really, NUFC, the worst defensive team in history are going to stop attacking and hold onto their one goal advantage for 75 minutes?  Do me a favour!!

Cabaye put in 3 very dubious tackles in that opening period and could easily have been booked but got away with it.  He chased everything, threw himself in, pressed their defence back and quite frankly Hull looked like they were shi**ing themselves.  The rest of the team were playing in a similar vein and I felt for once we could have an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment.  Then it stopped and we know what happened next.

Players surely have to take their share of the blame despite how much we question Pardew’s methods and tactics which the coaching staff also have to share some of the responsibility for.  My mates reckon the players have no respect for Pardew as he appears weak, unable to stand up for himself, lacks principles, should walk away but won’t so why should they play for him?  I fully understand that but I can also give them 50 thousand reasons why they should play to the best of their ability.  I expect they’ll be full of apologies in the papers this week, you know the routine by now.

HBA telling everyone he wants to be talked about in the same breath as Messi and Ronaldo.  Well I think you should try and emulate a Ginola or Robert first before he sets himself unrealistic targets.  The players pledge their allegiance to the Toon but in effect they have no attachment to us.  Remy showed that 9 months ago.  Cabaye tried to show that at the end of August and you can bet your bottom dollar that if any of them can get a move to a Champions League team then why would they turn that down?

I could go on but I’m already late for me Sunday dinner.  So if Pardew can’t get it right and won’t walk, if Ashley won’t sack him, if Kinnear won’t help improve the squad and if the players just can’t be arsed then I guess it is down to me to sort out my lucky routine.  Fortunately for you all, I’m at work on Wednesday and the next league game against Liverpool I’m at a wedding, so I can feel less responsible if it all goes wrong.

However, if any of you were one of the 3 lads I shared a taxi with from Wallsend when the Metro broke down before the Fulham game then get in touch and we’ll repeat our alternative journey for the benefit of bringing some luck back to St James’ for the rest of the season.

Unless anyone else has a better idea???

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