Alan Pardew ‘You Can’t Just Defend and Hope For One Goal’
Alan Pardew appears to be going back on a tactic that he has relied upon for most of his time at St.James’ Park.
The Newcastle manager has declared that, “You can’t just defend and hope for one goal.”
As this is exactly what Pardew has done in most Newcastle matches, let’s hope that his actions speak as loudly as his words.
Even in the season United finished fifth in 2011/12, most of this relative success was built on odd goal victories, apart from a short burst of five or six matches towards the end of that season where Newcastle at last looked to take teams apart, rather than hold out for a win.
“It is important for defenders like Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini that they can believe we are going to score.
“You can’t just defend and hope for one goal – you have got to be able to threaten the goal.
“We are already showing that we have many more offensive options because we really lacked them towards the end of last season”
The reality as well is that last season Newcastle’s defending was atrocious overall, with 59 conceded, a total only ‘beaten’ by two clubs who weren’t relegated.
With United losing arguably their best defender in Mathieu Debuchy, even if Daryl Janmaat proves a decent replacement it still looks hard to see Newcastle being able to squeeze out 1-0 victories on a regular basis. So let’s hope Alan Pardew is correct with his ‘offensive’ remark.
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