Pardew 'Happy With Performance'!

Last updated : 25 August 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

Not a single shot on target in 90 minutes ... but the Toon boss was happy enough ... which says it all.

jHis excuses THIS time? Well, Arsene Wenger once again gets the blame for "causing disharmony with my players".

So that's TWO games the Arsenal boss has cost us points, because he got the blame for our poor show against Man City on Monday.

Then there was "West Ham's long-ball game was difficult to play against".

Now we at NU-Mad have often blamed Big Sam for the big hoof forward, but to be fair, it didn't happen often on Saturday.

If anything, Tim Krul hoofed a lot more balls forward than Jussi Jaaskelainen. And the target for Big Sam's main tactic was to put Mathieu Debuchy under pressure because of his obvious lack of pace.

Pardew admits he could lose Yohan Cabaye and has said the club must work on identifying a high-quality replacement for his influential French midfielder.

Alan Pardew: "The situation is quite simple - we need to resolve the situation.

"We need to get ourselves in a position where if he stays, great, and if doesn't stay we need to get someone equally as good.

"Sammy hit a great little cross and I thought it was in, then it came back on the wrong side for Gouffran - he'll be sweating on the Christmas gaffes for misses of the season.

"I think we looked a more disciplined and cohesive defensive unit today but in the offensive areas you could tell we needed a few more options off the bench.

"It would have been nice to have more senior players to bring on, but I can walk out of here tonight fairly happy that we've put in a professional performance, if not a performance that we really wanted."