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Alan Pardew “We Were The Better Team”

7 years ago
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Despite having the better players all over the pitch apart from possibly at centre-half, Newcastle somehow managed to lose today’s game.

Rightly or wrongly, people will be looking to Alan Pardew for answers as to why Newcastle ended up losing to the worst team in the Premier League.

After the match the Newcastle manager had this to say;

“I thought we were the better team, we just switched off and he (Borini) has hit it true, we’re disappointed.

We’ll have to bounce back and be strong, this is always a high profile game and we’ve lost it.

The number of times the manager changed his tactics and personnel suggests he didn;t have a clear idea as to how to get the best out of his players, despite their clear advantage in individual ability.

Ben Arfa played centre forward, left wing and right wing, while Remy started left before moving in the middle after seemingly suggesting it himself to the manager.

Gouffran and Sissoko didn’t appear to have any kind of clear roles, with maybe only Tiote and Cabaye coming out with any great credit form the midfield and strikers, possibly because they knew what was expected of them and what jobs they were supposed to be doing.

Sunderland were knackered with half an hour to go and yet there didn’t seem to be any great plan as to how to break them down, little wonder then that the goal Newcastle scored was a bit of a random cross shot that ended up at Debuchy’s feet by accident.

Throwing Shola on had me shaking my head and sure enough Newcastle started to boot it long up the middle, final confirmation that any ‘tactics’ were out of the window.

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