Newcastle boss admits I got it wrong

TARGETS ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
TARGETS ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew admitted he got his tactics wrong in Newcastle United’s 6-0 defeat to Liverpool.

The loss was the club’s worst at St James’s Park since 1925 – and it left manager Alan Pardew battling to save his job as well as the club’s Premier League status.

Newcastle are just five points above the relegation zone with three games left to play.

There was discontent among supporters before a ball was kicked on Saturday.

Pardew left fit-again Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran on the bench, and use box-to-box midfielder Moussa Sissoko on the right wing, where he made little impact.

He also fielded two holding midfielders – James Perch and Cheik Tiote – in a three-man midfield.

Newcastle were shambolic in just about every department, and Pardew – whose players were booed off at the break and at full-time – admitted he got his team selection wrong.

Asked if he felt his tactics were correct in hindsight, Pardew said: “Of course not.

“Do you think I’m going to say they were right when we were 3-0 down?

“I felt what we tried to do in the game, we didn’t achieve I felt moving Yohan on a place would work for us. It was where he played last time we played Liverpool.

“We couldn’t get a grip, and we lacked threat down the flanks.

“There were a lot of things wrong. My selection of the team is open to criticism – of course it is.”

What was more remarkable was that Liverpool scored six goals without Luis Suarez, who served the first of his 10-game ban for a bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

“Luis did wrong, he takes his punishment and we move on,” said the club’s manager, Brendan Rodgers.

“And we had to move on with a performance, and I don’t think we could have done any more.

“We got six goals, and maybe could have had a few more. A priority for us was a clean sheet, so we’re certainly no one-man team.

“We are very much a collective group, and our concentration and focus was very, very good.”