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Alan Pardew ‘Newcastle Are Playing OK In Two Thirds Of The Pitch’

8 years ago

Following the Everton defeat and in the build up to Newcastle’s visit to Southampton, Alan Pardew has identified the problem facing both him and his players.

The Newcastle manager believes that United are doing well in two thirds of the pitch and just need to get it right in the other third. The only problem is that the third that Alan Pardew is talking about is the one where you need creativity, flair and goalscoring ability.

“I do feel that we are playing OK in two thirds of the pitch, we just need to get that last third. The most important third where you win games, scoring goals.

“It has got to improve, hopefully we can do that.

“It was a lack of creativity that we have got to work on and improving on.

“Our two full-backs need to contribute more in an attacking sense.”

Last things first; Newcastle’s full-backs against Everton were abysmal, Mapou and Dummett were given the run around at the back and ‘in an attacking sense‘ gave us absolutely nothing.

It is all very well talking about doing well in two thirds of the pitch but the opposition are generally very happy to see you have endless possession passing it round and round your defence before eventually getting it wide and hitting aimless/hopeful balls from deep.

Newcastle are desperate for penetration and players who take chances by trying to beat a man, or at the very least committing players forward.


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