ALAN Pardew felt Newcastle United never really got a grip on their game against Wolverhampton Wanderers – even when they had a two-goal lead.
Pardew’s side were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw at St James’s Park on Saturday.
And Newcastle’s manager felt there was a hangover from their 5-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur a fortnight earlier.
Pardew talked of the “adjustment” his team made in their attitude having led to an overly negative approach.
“We didn’t really have a grip of it,” Pardew told the Gazette. “We got two goals, but I never really felt comfortable from the sidelines.
“We weren’t playing well. Their three midfield players were bossing us a little bit.
“We had to have an adjustment from Spurs, and I could see that, but we were a little bit too negative in terms of that adjustment.
“The two full-backs could have pushed in a little bit more, especially in the start of the second half.
“Sometimes when you get a heavy defeat, you can be a little bit negative. That probably cost us, but we’ll get the balance right.”