Alan Pardew “What we have to find is a defined way of playing.
“Sometimes that can go astray when confidence is low.
“It is going to be about our game-plan of how are we going to score and affect the match.
“That is something I will be working hard on in pre- season. We need the right personnel in the right areas to do that.
“I have never been accused of setting up boring teams.
“Not ever – until last year.
“All my teams have always played on the front foot and are trying to win the game.
“I have always set my teams up like that.
“But we got into situations last year where in some of the games we were hanging on.
“That was through, I think, a lack of conditioning at times because of the games we were playing.
“Teams have a different mentality when things just aren’t going well.
“I am sure on occasion my tactics were wrong.
“I am not going to be egotistic enough to think that every time I put out a team and I set it up that it’s going to be perfect.
“But having said that, some of the criticism we had last year, particularly myself, I felt was unfair.
“If I was that tactically naive, how did we finish fifth the year before? Sometimes it is about confidence in players.
Confidence can affect whether they make those forward runs and make something happen.
“That comes from results and belief.
“So sometimes when players aren’t at their attacking best it’s because they are lacking confidence.
“Maybe something is inhibiting them.
“You have to understand that sometimes that confidence can get lost.
“Sometimes it can be me or sometimes it can be the feeling within the player.
“It is difficult question to answer, but I hope that I have answered it the best way I can.”
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