Newcastle needed to ‘get a grip’ against Wolves

GOOD START ... Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse scores his side's first goal.
GOOD START ... Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse scores his side's first goal.

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.”