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Alan Pardew ‘We Looked More Than Competitive’

6 years ago

To the bemusement of most supporters, Alan Pardew has assessed Newcastle’s performance against Stoke with the words ‘We looked more than competitive’.

In truth, only luck and Mark Hughes’ negativity prevented the scoreline being even worse, with Newcastle only having one shot on target and that was a (very good) long range effort from full-back Daryl Janmaat.

Pardew also claimed that the last three or four games had been tough, which must surely be very worrying when our last four matches have included games against Stoke, Palace and Hull, with all three expected to be nearer the bottom than the top of the table. While Southampton have done well so far but won’t be expected to stay in the top handful.

“It has been tough the last three or four games for us.

“We are not obviously really functioning well in the last third.

“Everywhere else on the pitch we look OK and we looked more than competitive tonight, but that is the area where you win Premier League games, that last third.”

Yet more shocking defending had even Alan Pardew admitting that the Stoke goal was really poor from Newcastle’s side of things;

“It was a poor goal from our point of view, the cross shouldn’t have happened and we should have squeezed the box.

“Then it is difficult and you get caught on the break a couple of times. They had moments when they could have added to it, we defended well and we probably only had three or four real quality chances, unfortunately we didn’t take one of them.”

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