My Problem With Pardew Is That I Have Seen The Riches Of KK and Sir Bobby
I sat in the car with my lads on the way back from yesterday’s game and I could barely think of anything positive to say about a game, neutrals would consider exciting.
Even my wife said, “Well I looked at the stats on the computer and we were doing really well.”
‘We conceded after 30 seconds to a team who were bottom of the league’.
‘We win the toss and attack the Gallowgate End for some reason, giving up the second half slope advantage’.
‘While we were in a huddle Palace went through extra warm up routines’.
They were obviously switched on from the start and it showed. Pass, pass, pass, shot, goal. Pathetic.
There then followed 30 odd minutes of frustration. We have absolutely no idea apart from give it to Cabella, for whom Palace simply doubled up.
De Jong was immobile and struggled to cope with balls hit high to him. I watched Riviere and his movement up front. What a shame. Countless times he made 10 yard runs either side of his marker and not once was he picked out with a simple pass along the deck. There was nothing coming down the left and Palace just put men behind the ball and looked comfortable to say the least.
(To feature like GToon, send in your articles for our website to [email protected])
Sissoko seemed lost in midfield. He played centrally and just hadn’t got the 2/3 yard pace to influence the middle of the park. Where is his best position?
In the end Janmaat gets forward and links up with Cabella and we equalise. So at the start of the second half you would imagine Pardew has drilled in to them to get focussed like he didn’t at the start of the first half.
Well this time it took them a couple of minutes. That’s almost equal to the couple of minutes that their player was afforded to bring the ball down and shoot in our area.
There followed a period of time where the movement of their forward and midfield players looked to put us to the sword. They didn’t though, Aarons came on and his header made it 2-2. Then we go 3-2 up with 2 minutes plus time added on for appalling time wasting and injuries.
Now I hear Pardew blames the fans/players for going for number 4. Well what was Perez told to do? He was playing around the halfway line when they are allowed to bring the ball out. Why not push them back, put them under pressure. Sitting back and inviting a much bigger, more physical team to launch one into your box is asking for trouble.
So basically we concede at the start of each half, get the run around by a much more mobile forward line and can’t hold a lead for more than a few minutes. Is any of that to do with Pardew and his tactics?
If we can’t beat teams like this who can we beat? If we are going struggle to break down teams who put men behind the ball, what can we expect when better teams come to SJP. Double up on Cabella and we haven’t got a clue.
We spent ages looking toothless and clueless, while HBA twiddles his thumbs cos Pardew can’t manage him. Aye, Aarons looked ok going forward but he also looks very lightweight and naive when asked to defend.
And what do our players do in the week? Well what they don’t do is decide who runs front post or back post or penalty spot when we get down the flanks. I think in a lot of ways we can count ourselves extremely lucky they didn’t really go for the winner at 2-2 as their physical, direct, quick movement up front gave us problems all day.
My problem is that I have seen the ‘riches’ of the KK and SBR era and now I don’t like the poor football Pardew serves up.
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]