Come On Pardew - Don't Patronize The Toon Army
By Footy Mad - Editor
Updated Sunday, 18th November 2012
Alan Pardew's side were second best against Swansea in a game that (like the West Ham game last week) had been billed as crucially important to United's season.
Many of Pardew's players had said prior to the game: "Three points are VITAL today".
And it was rather patronizing to hear him praise the fans, when he knew full well his players were booed off at the end.
The fans are not idiots - and they are waiting for the first meaningful performance of the campaign - and the wait goes on.
It was not pretty out there on Saturday, and the fans understand we are looking at a relegation fight (with the Mackems) if things don't improve.
Alan Pardew: “Up until they scored, I thought we did a pretty good job. The work-rate of the team was fantastic.
“We were obviously missing a lot of senior players today, so there was a lot of inexperience of the pitch, and probably the most disappointing thing was when they scored, our reaction to that.
“We chased the game a little and conceded a second, but we did a lot of things right today.
“We had some fantastic opportunities. It’s in and around the last third that we lack a little bit of potency and that was a bit disappointing today.
“But I am not going to fault the players in their application today, they tried their very best against a good side, Swansea.
"They had a lot more experience on the pitch than us, and I thought that showed.
“Of course, it’s a concern. You don’t want to lose a home game and we have lost two on the trot.
“But when you have a difficult period like we are having, you need your senior players in and around you and we haven’t got them.
“The fans were great for us today.
"I’m sure they were disappointed at the end of the game to lose at home, but I think they could see we had a good application in the game.
“We wouldn’t let Swansea play, we were pressing them everywhere we could and it was only after the goal went in that we just lost our shape a little bit.
“You have to understand that in a managerial career at any football club, you are going to have some times when things don’t go for you.
“Now we have had a week where it really has conspired against us in a lot of ways
“Jonas was so close. We were deciding on whether to play him yesterday and we felt with the injury he had, it was too risky, so he was very, very close.
“Then we had Papiss taken away from us, we had Shola only arriving yesterday afternoon ... so we had a lot of things that didn’t work for us this week.
"But just in terms of the performance, I thought our performance was better than West Ham.
“We were disappointed and unlucky not to score before they did because I think we were in good shape to try to win that game.”