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Second half performance at Everton could be turning point, says Pardew
HIS side served up the good, the bad and the ugly at Goodison Park last Monday, but Alan Pardew believes Newcastle United’s second half performance against Everton could kick-start their stuttering season.
The Magpies went in 3-0 down at the interval after an opening 45 minutes to forget on Merseyside, but while they could have gone on to lose by a far bigger margin, Pardew’s men showed a steely resolve to claw two goals back without reply.
They still came away from the game empty-handed, but the Magpies boss hopes the attitude and character shown by his players after the break will be a turning point in their campaign.
Pardew’s next task is to lead his men out against Premier League newcomers Cardiff City today and he admits the focus this afternoon will be on the performance rather than the result even if there are only four points separating the Tynesiders and the bottom three.
“Sometimes in a season you have games or periods of games where you can reflect on and I think we can reflect well on that second half and draw strength from that as we go along,” Pardew said.
“We don't want to see what happened in the first-half ever again. In some ways you can use it as a beacon of what to do, and the first half as a beacon of what not to do because the contrast was forward passing forward movement and a bit of energy in terms of trying to win the game, even though we were 3-0 down. If we'd have started like that, maybe the score would have been different.
“If you cut through where we're at, we've got seven points, which is probably mid-table. Our goal difference isn't good and we've shown some inconsistency in games and that's where we are. We're not a bad team, but we're not a great team, and we need to find out what we are and I think we will settle down. Cardiff is an important game in just the performance if I'm honest.
“That's the key element that we put in a really solid performance and if Cardiff, I don't know, like they did in the last game smash one in during the final minute and win, then I'll accept that.”
Pardew is likely to make changes to his starting line-up this afternoon with Mike Williamson set to come in for the out of sorts Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, while Yohan Cabaye is likely to return in midfield.
The Magpies boss will also have a decision to make over Hatem Ben Arfa, who was hauled off at half time against Everton after a less than impressive first half display.
Pardew is well aware of Ben Arfa’s ability, but admits the Frenchman needs to be more consistent. He said: “I think he's one of those players that we're looking at for consistency and to get consistency from him.
“We've got a great player, no doubt about that, consistency is all I'm looking for from any player. He's proved he can perform for this club.”
Pardew will go head to head with Malky Mackay this afternoon and the Newcastle manager revealed he had tried to bring the Bluebirds boss to Tyneside as part of his backroom staff.
"Yeah, there's some truth in that, I did speak to Malky at the time but he's gone on in his own right to be what he is a Premier League manager and he's done that quickly and started really really well,” Pardew said.
"He's a great great guy who was my captain at West Ham United and I love him dearly but I won't be loving him dearly this week and he knows that.”
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