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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.

  • by MILES STARFORTH
 

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.”

 

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