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Alan Pardew Says Look Into My Crystal Ball

8 years ago

Great to beat Chelsea on Saturday but I was intrigued to hear Alan Pardew’s assessment of the match as a whole, especially when you also take into account what visiting manager, Jose Mourinho, said afterwards.

Alan Pardew was at pains to say the plan had been to left the visitors have easy possession early on and then later in the match to be more offensive.

It obviously is great ‘when a plan comes together’ but you also have to acknowledge that it is a bit too easy to make the end result completely justify what went on over the full 90 minutes.

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A bit like a war, the victors decide what is in the history books.

The first half was dismal for home fans, the TV people with their ‘action areas’ must have had a quiet first half at the Leazes end as the total of Newcastle’s attacking endeavour was one weak shot with Sissoko cutting in from the left.

The main reason for Mourinho’s fury after the game was that the way Newcastle were set up, meant it was easy for Chelsea to play through our two banks of four and the Chelsea manager furious they didn’t take advantage in the final third.

The blues’ pressure led to numerous corners in that opening period and so often in the past that has been our downfall against them. This time John Terry was allowed two free headers by Williamson and put one against the bar with Krul well beaten and Santon cleared another from just in front of the goal. If a goal had gone in then I doubt there would have been any way back for Newcastle.

With Anita and Cisse replacing Tiote and Shola, Newcastle did add better forward movement and threat, despite Cisse again never looking like scoring. The wet conditions far better suited to passing and moving on the ground than whatever the supposed plan was with Shola.

Moments win matches and Cabaye produced a class delivery that said ‘finish me’ to Gouffran. From that point both Newcastle and Chelsea looked different teams and confidence flowed for the home side.

One other comment Pardew made was nearer the truth when he said that Newcastle weren’t capable of chasing and harrying the opposition for 90 minutes, meaning realistically there was a choice between defending deep with little attacking threat either early in the game or late on.

Yes let us all celebrate the win, two great goals and an entertaining last 35 minutes, but also accept that Newcastle got lucky on Saturday and that won’t often happen when you gift control for 45 minutes to the likes of Chelsea.

My crystal ball says that if you set your team up like that then 8 or 9 times out of 10 the opposition will take advantage and any plan to then have a charge in the later stages will be totally redundant.


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