Selhurst Park

Next Game

C Palace v Newcastle

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 2 - 2 Hull City

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Pardew: Not good enough

Alan Pardew admits that Newcastle United were 'second best' as they put in a performance that 'isn't good enough' in a 4-0 defeat at Southampton.

Last Updated: 30/03/14 at 07:46 Post Comment

Alan Pardew: Watched on from the stands as Newcastle crumbled at St Mary's

Alan Pardew: Watched on from the stands as Newcastle crumbled at St Mary's

The Magpies never got going at St Mary's and were indebted to stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot for keeping them in the game early on, as he pulled off a string of fine saves.

There was only so long that he could keep the Saints at bay, though, and once the deadlock was broken on the stroke of half-time, the floodgates opened.

Southampton ended up running out convincing winners, with Pardew conceding afterwards that his visitors to the south coast had let themselves down with the insipid nature of their display.

He told Sky Sports: "We were second best today. We just didn't look like we had any energy at all for the game. Maybe the midweek game, I don't know, had something to do with that, but it definitely wasn't us today.

"We need to make sure this week that we do a lot of work and get ourselves ready for Man United, because that is a performance that isn't good enough for Newcastle.

"In terms of the energy that we had, it looked like they had more in every department. We lost the battle almost everywhere on the pitch.

"It was a really tough day and we didn't get any breaks in the game. All four goals are almost identical in terms of holding a line that wasn't there.

"We're desperate to freshen up a bit, but we're down on numbers and that's costly. But for all of our fans that have travelled down here, all this way and all the way back, I'm afraid that isn't good enough."

Pardew, who was in the stands after serving a stadium ban and starting a touchline one, was pleased to see Elliot shine in the absence of the injured Tim Krul, but believes he was left exposed on far too many occasions by those around him.

The Magpies manager added: "He did (play well), but he had far too much work to do.

"When you come here and you give the space to the quality that Southampton have got, you're going to be in trouble. We were in trouble from the kick-off to the end."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Christian Benteke closing on Aston Villa comeback

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is edging closer to a first-team comeback, manager Paul Lambert has revealed.

Transfer News: Peter Crouch could earn new Stoke contract as QPR maintain interest

Mark Hughes is open to rewarding Peter Crouch with a new contract at Stoke as QPR remain interested in the striker.

Premier League: Crystal Palace beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park

Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Everton 3-2 and pick up their first win of the Premier League campaign.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property