Alan Pardew ‘The character of the team is not lost’
Despite the loss at Arsenal, Alan Pardew has issued a rallying cry, insisting that ‘The character of the team is not lost’.
The Newcastle manager insists that if United had added a second goal to Ayoze Perez’ neat finish, Arsenal would have been living on their nerves.
“Disappointed, a big stage – live on TV and we didn’t really show our true quality. We’re better than we showed today.
“We missed chances and they broke on us a few times, we couldn’t quite make the pass, but Arsenal were good and deserved to win.”
Still pushing at 3-1;
“Even at 3-1 we were still pushing, the character of the team is not lost.
“If we’d have got a second goal we would have made them very very nervous.”
Not making excuses;
“Arsenal had too much for us; their passing, their movement, the quality of their play was a lesson we need to take on.
“It’s the sort of level we’ve played at, particularly last week, and we need to try and stay at those levels every game. I’m not going to make excuses, the best team won.”
“(Missed) Moussa in particular because we didn’t quite get the balance of the team right without him. We changed it a few times to try and get it but we couldn’t find it.
“We were very offensive and tried to be that and offer them problems but we overexposed ourselves. Therefore the game got a little too open and we paid the price.”
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