Alan Pardew really does think he can fool all of the people all of the time
Speaking after his latest tame surrender to Sunderland, Alan Pardew was keen to get over the ‘fact’ that Newcastle ended up losing because they ‘over-committed’ in those final stages.
The introduction of Armstrong and Cisse by the 75th minute, then Remy Cabella just before the goal, gave the team an attacking look by the end, with Tiote, Gouffran and Ameobi making way.
“The last ten minutes we were pushing too hard.”
So United lost their latest derby because the team was too attacking in the last ten minutes…?
I don’t think so.
By far the biggest factor in Newcastle not winning (and losing) was that for the first seventy five minutes we were treated yet again to the usual ultra-negative formation.
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Before the match Pardew said it would likely be a game with few goals due to both teams playing ‘deep’, otherwise known as being very defensive.
Yes do it against Chelsea or Manchester City maybe but against Sunderland?
The mackems were actually the more adventurous team for most of the game, which didn’t take much.
It was only when Cisse replaced Tiote that there appeared to be any real intention of trying to win the derby.
The starting 11 featured a back four with Colback and Tiote in front of them and Gouffran & Ameobi playing as extra defenders most of the time as well.
The threat that Newcastle did pose was entirely reliant on Perez and Sissoko, all too often though the weight of numbers prevented any enterprise from them developing into a goal.
If one of those two goes wide with the ball then you can almost guarantee that only the other one of the pair will be getting in the box, the rest of the team hanging back – obviously to prevent any chance of ‘over-committing’.
If Perez and Sissoko had had more help for the rest of the game then I think there’s every chance that not only would United have not been beaten for the fourth time in a row by the mackems, but that Newcastle would have scored the first goal and went on to control the game.
We aren’t blessed with a great team but surely what we have got is still better than a poor mackem side.
Unfortunately though with a manager whose main intention is to try an dnot concede a goal, you are at risk of losing to any team, not just your nearest and dearest rivals.
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