ALAN Pardew says he had to “shake up” his Newcastle United side at the break at Tottenham yesterday – as they were playing like a “small club”.
Newcastle came from behind to win 2-1 at White Hart Lane.
Half-time substitute Sammy Ameobi cancelled out Emmanuel Adebayor’s opener just six seconds into the second half, then Ayoze Perez scored the winner on his full Premier League debut, converting a cross from sub Remy Cabella.
“There were a few strong words,” said Pardew.
“We just said to them after (the game) it’s not nice as a manager to go in and bark out orders, but sometimes it’s necessary just to shake people up because we needed shaking up.”
Asked about the substitutions, Pardew added: “We needed to offer a threat – we’re Newcastle United.
“We’re not a small club. We’re a big club, and we were playing like a small club.
“It’s a little bit daunting, even for senior players, to be without Papiss and Chiek Tiote after our win last week, but the new guys stepped up to the plate and gave us belief.
“Straight from the second half, Jack (Colback) plays a forward pass, which was a rarity in the first half, and suddenly we got ourselves a goal.
“I thought Spurs were very good first-half, but, second-half, the attitude of our players just went up a level and it was the difference.”