Alan Pardew Claims Respect Is Name Of The Game
Gillingham vs Newcastle Match Report
Gillingham 0 Newcastle 1 Tuesday 26 August 7.45pm
Alan Pardew has claimed it was respect that earned Newcastle United progress into the heady heights of round three of the Capital One Cup, despite still nobody in black and white having scored a goal so far this season.
Former Sunderland youngster John Egan turned in Gabriel Obertan’s cross in the 23rd minute to put Newcastle through.
Alan Pardew made six changes with Mike Williamson suspended and Steven Taylor, Haidara, Abeid, Obertan, De Jong and Aarons coming in for Williamson, Dummett, Anita, Gouffran, Cabella and Colback.
An end to end open game with both sides having their moments, including Massadio Haidara hitting the woodwork.
However, despite United dominating possession (all stats from BBC Sport) with 63% of the ball and 10 shots on target to the home side’s three, including 5 on target to Gillingham’s one, there is still a total lack of cutting edge and Stephen Bywater in the Gillingham goal didn’t have a real save to make, with Riviere’s sole effort summing things up as it was little more than a backpass.
Defensively you have to happy with the contribution on the night, as only a late charge by the home side really threatened.
Tim Krul almost having a night off until substitute Luke Norris’ 20 yard effort was tipped over well by the Dutch keeper.
As with all Cup competitions, all that is important is being in the hat.
Alan Pardew after the game;
“The score didn’t reflect our dominance.
“I have been here many times as a manager, I have played here, I have done a lot of coaching here.
“It is a very very difficult place to come and yet we controlled the game, more or less, all the way through.
“I am pleased bit a little bit frustrated that we didn’t score more than one.
“They gave up a lot of space in midfield so they could play that extra centre-half and it was difficult to penetrate those three centre-halves.
“I can’t be too disappointed though as I thought our application was great and our two centre-halves typified that, especially the skipper.
“We showed Gillingham absolute respect tonight and that is how you get wins at places like this.”
Wednesday night we will find out who will provide the opposition in the third round when the draw is made following Bradford’s clash with Leeds.
We will then await with interest just what team Alan Pardew puts out in that next Cup match and how much respect he gives the opposition.
Newcastle United: Krul, Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Haidara, Abeid, Sissoko, Obertan, De Jong (Perez 68), Aarons (Cabella 60), Riviere (Gouffran 85)
Unused Subs: Elliot, Anita, Dummett, Ferreyra
Ref: Oliver Langford
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