Sunderland fully deserved the win yesterday and my mood wasn’t helped by Pardew then delivering a ‘back to basics’ message after the final whistle.
We were woeful. Looking beyond the game and ahead, I don’t feel confident at all.
Sunderland have a manager, who is a pure football man, look how he distanced himself from Dennis Wise at Leeds, in total control of everything at the club.
He dipped into his old club and bought Bridcutt, a player who looked liked he’d been in that side for years, has revived Bardsley and Johnson and won the tactical battles all over the pitch.
His inability to change things during a game is frustrating at best, fails to inspire from the sidelines and was tactically inept. Why swap Sissoko and Ben Arfa from a side that looked superb, without scoring, the other night? Ben Arfa hardly had a kick first half and Sissoko didn’t look bothered.
The only player who looked to do anything first half, Sammy, was brought off at half time, replaced by a clearly unfit and not sharp De Jong. Most of his goals seem to have come from headers and inbox tap-ins, but the player who was able to get to the by-line and provide was removed. Sissoko was poor all day and Ben Arfa was moved to the left instead of his preferred right side.
Pardew admitted that Sunderland had a better shape but he was unable to do anything to counter that. He’s now openly stated that we need to go back to basics, which generally means that we will lump the ball forward instead of pass it through.
I left early with my kids, for the first time ever, partly to avoid any possible trouble, but mainly out of disgust at the pitiful performance we had to witness.
This is all very worrying for next season because I can’t see anyone pushing to come to Newcastle and can only see players wanting to leave. Ashley is ultimately to blame, along with the idiotic, self publicist we have making decisions for him!
I enjoy a bit of banter the same as everyone else, and would have been a bit happier had we won yesterday, but it wouldn’t have changed my overall opinion on what is going on there.
I played at the Stadium of Light a few years ago for St. Paddy’s night and found that it was one of the friendliest, accommodating venues I’ve ever played at. I have a lot of friends who support Sunderland and it’s not good to see them suffer because of football, despite my love for the other side.
Sunderland have been totally inept for many years and have made some ludicrous decisions in the running of the club, but at least the chairman/owner is willing to back someone with more knowledge than himself.
We however, are being left to hang out to dry. I have gone to St. James’ Park since I was 6 in the 1974/75 season and have been a Season Ticket holder since just before the heady days of KK.
We are now in a position where we, as fans, are damned for going to matches and putting money in Ashley’s pockets, but damned for not going in protest, thereby failing to continue to support the team. We can’t win.
Football shouldn’t be seen as a business, it is not a toy to be played and gambled with. It means so much to ordinary people who have been brought up to love their team and the whole joy.
The anticipation of matches and love of the game in general is being whittled away by parasites like Ashley. The bubble will ultimately burst and the only ones that will suffer will be the fans, who, as it has been shown in too many cases already, may not even have a team to support in the future!