Alan Pardew ‘We Managed To Win The Second Half’
Speaking after a shocking performance by his team, Alan Pardew looked for the positives…
The Newcastle manager pointed to both Cabella and Sissoko getting time on the pitch, plus the fact that there are no new injuries.
However, Pardew’s claim that ‘winning’ the second half could be listed as a positive is a bit thin.
When a team dominates as Malaga did and goes in three up, then almost every time they step off the gas second half and sit back, knowing the game is won.
This is undoubtedly what happened yesterday, and especially in a friendly with another to follow in 24 hours, it was more about the Spanish side letting Newcastle have a bit of the play, rather than the United players forcing their way into it.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say to NUFC TV;
“I’m kicking myself a little bit first half, two young boys up top of the pitch and Moussa (sissoko) and (Remy) Cabella’s first games.
“I knew after twenty minutes that wasn’t working so it was a question of whether we could get to half-time, but we couldn’t, and ended up three goals down.
“Got some seniority on the pitch second half and a lot better, we managed to win the second half.
“We’ve come through injury free and Cabella is ok which is good. He’s had some football, Moussa’s had some football, that’s what we’ll take out of it.
“I’m kicking myself I didn’t start with Manu (Riviere) or Gouff, as that would have helped us massively.”
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]