Newcastle registered one of the greatest comeback in Premier League history this afternoon.
Alan Pardew – proud of his players
Let’s be more accurate – Newcastle registered the greatest comeback in Premier League history this afternoon.
This is what Alan Pardew, obviously very proud of his players, said following the game:
“We went out there and played like lions,” “At half-time you have to make a call. “
“What I said was that if you want to go out there and feel sorry for yourselves after losing at Fulham and losing a really good young player then you’re going to get embarrassed,.”
“But we more than made up for it in the second half.” “That’s what we’ve been about all year, even before I came here, we’ve shown character,”
“Making a challenge and putting people under pressure. We did that and we got a goal, and that can change any game.”
Arsene Wenger was furious with Joey Barton for his challenge, but of course Wenger must have been embarrassed the way his side completely folded in that second half, and needed some excuse – and Joey’s always been a convenient foil in the past.
But Alan Pardew completely disagreed with Wenger, and it looked to us like Diaby was just so stupid when he pushed Joey to the ground – and we were proud of Joey for not reacting.
“We forced the sending off. I’ve seen it and it was a sending off. Joey’s [Barton] tackle was aggressive, but that’s what you need in football, you need to show that it means something to you. Then we got the second goal and I felt that something was going on here,” he said.
“It’s one of the most remarkable games I’ve ever been involved in, and I’m even talking about Sunday morning games where I’ve seen some matches end 7-7!
“I’m looking forward to one day looking back at this game and it filling me with pride. The way the fans reacted, the way the players reacted, it was unbelievable.”
It was a great last 45 minutes of what has been a terrible week for the Newcastle manager.
And maybe Alan is getting used to being Newcastle manager – and he can certainly take the heat that’s for sure – at half time most Newcastle fans were looking to see who were gaining on us in the table – as it looked like we would be in a huige relegation fight.
But the magnificent second half display will help ignite the rest of the Newcastle season, and we now need 11 points from our last 13 games to be safe in the league – and we need to get those points just as soon as we can. 😀