Alan Pardew ‘First Time Away From Home We’ve Not Offered A Threat’
Alan Pardew has now claimed in the aftermath of the Southampton embarrassment that it was the ‘First time away from home we’ve not offered a threat.’
I now watch in disbelief what Alan Pardew says; is it a game, having a laugh, or is the Newcastle manager losing his grip on reality?
Whether it is simply the club warning journalists that if they ask challenging questions they’ll be banned, or whether the media are just too lazy and/or afraid to ask the relevant questions, the outcome is the same.
This is what he said to NUFC TV;
“This is the first time we’ve gone away from home and not offered a threat.
“We haven’t offered a threat to Southampton today, in terms of offensive threat.
“If they don’t have that fear then they are going to keep coming at you.”
You only need to go back to our last away match at Craven Cottage to a game where Newcastle had almost nothing to offer, one half chance and one sitter laid on by the opposition doesn’t equal ‘a threat’ over ninety minutes in my book. Similarly, off the top of my head I can think of Manchester City, West Brom, Chelsea and the Mackems as away games where Newcastle were atrocious and while we did score at Sunderland it was about the only time we troubled their keeper.
I suppose you can say Newcastle got into the Southampton box a few times and classify that as ‘a threat’ but the reality is that while we’ve had some very good days on our travels,there has also been some shockers.
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