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It Was An Incredible Day – We Are Proud Of Our Players

9:46 am, Sunday, February 6th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

We like Alan Pardew – and it’s got nothing to with whether he is a good football manager or not.

Cheick Tiote – after scoring wonder goal

Alan has had to put up with a lot in the short time he;s been on Tyneside.

His first press interview he was sent to  the Lions and got question about why Chris Hughton was sacked.

And then he had to do the same thing last Tuesday to explain why our top young striker had been sold.

So what’s very clear is Alan Pardew is a top man, and he seems to have been inspired by what he’s found at Newcastle – not least of which a support on Tyneside that cannot be matched anywhere else.

But he’s also seen a fantastic team spirit that Chris Hughton helped to create 18 months ago.

Newcastle fans are simply passionate and daft as a brush for their club – Newcastle United.

And we’re not sure what Alan said at halftime, but we had already written the match report – and it was not going to be pretty reading – but after the second half it had to be scrapped and rewritten.

And  this Newcastle team produced the greatest comeback in Premier League history, and it was inspiring – and not just for Newcastle fans either.

And it was also good to see Wolves out-muscle Manchester United later in the day, and deliver the first defeat on the Red Devils in the league this season.

Wolves deserved the win and it was good to see manager Mick McCarthy with a broad smile after the game – for a change.

We had been expecting the Red Devils to equalize in the very last minute of added time. :D

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game yesterday:

“It was an incredible day. Anyone watching it could pick lots of things that were wrong, but it was really great,”

“It was not about tactics, it was about what’s inside you and the character you’ve got. It got us back in the game and hopefully sees us through to the end of the season.”

“I cannot praise the fans enough. Even at 4-0 down, they didn’t give us a monster bad time. There were some boos, but what would you expect?”

” I thought the house might come down, but we all turned it round.”

The TV commentators in the second half made some interesting statements like “there is an air of optimism around the place” and “they’re still 4-1 down but at least the fans haven’t given up.”   and   “it would be incredible if Newcastle can come back in this match.”

Of course that was after they had suggested Newcastle should do damage limitation after going 4-0 down after only 25 minutes – and that presumably means do your best to limit the damage – but accept you are a beaten side – and just try to make it look as good as possible.

What a load of absolute rubbish - defeatism is all that is – and its a good job our players didn’t heed that advice, isn’t it?

And even watching the game on TV the atmosphere at St. James’ Park in that second half was electric, and it transmitted itself to the players – who were simply transformed from the  inept and pathetic side they had been in the first half.

Let’s be honest – Arsenal were a million miles better than Newcastle in that first half,  and might rue not getting even more than the four goals they scored.

But we have to think that manager Arsene Wenger left St. James’ Park yesterday, even more impressed with the Cathedral on the Hill, and the Newcastle fans, as we all remember last August when Arsene waxed lyrical about the Newcastle club, St. James’ Park and the Newcastle fans.

And he was honest enough after the game to say he didn’t think the game was won at 4-0 at half time because Newcastle keep fighting.

Newcastle keep fighting - that turned out to be an understatement as two real Newcastle heroes - Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan ran the game in the second half.

Arsene didn’t take the dropping of two points well, but he never does, and he’s probably the worst loser we’ve ever known – but that’s Wenger, and he is one of the world’s great managers – let’s face it.

Wenger needed a leader in his team like one of those two  – but he didn’t have any – and that must be a worry for him.

And yes,  we heard form Arsenal players after the game complaining about the referee – who by the way disallowed a perfectly good Best goal just before he scored Newcastle’s second, and of course just to make things worse,  Leon limped off with a hamstring injury just before the end of the game.

The Arsenal  players should look at their own performances rather than try to  shift the blame to somebody else,  and the referee is always an easy target.

Newcastle were simply magnificent in that second half, and this game will be remembered for many a long day when people talk about the guts and glory that is Newcastle United.

We were so proud of our players yesterday.

Now we need all three points at Blackburn next Saturday, and we also need to show up for the first half.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Cheick Tiote · Joey Barton · Kevin Nolan · Newcastle News



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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dan in france // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    im so happy about the result!! haha i was gettin ready to turn it off with my familly laughing at me but then the guys turned on the style in the second half!! :D what a match i lost my voice from all the shouting and tiote goal faaaaaaaaaaaaaantastic :D

  • 2 ronaldeano // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Good article that Ed, well said

  • 3 BlacknWhite Barmy // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    fantastic second half – but lets get it into perspective, afte the lager has worn off – we conceded 4 at home, only really got going after an injury and a sending off for the oppostion and to cap it all Nolan should of been sent off.

    Lets hope we havnt used all our luck on 1 point

  • 4 fungus44 // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    nothing about best pulling ham string on the offical site yet let,s hope he ok

  • 5 BlacknWhite Barmy // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    fungus – he withdrew from the irish squad

  • 6 nortoon // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    YES,it was unbelivable,after the first 15 min,I was shocked by our defence and must say I wondered on where it would stop.But our 2nd half was out of this world,I think Pardew has it,the same as Chris had,to boost the players with the right spirit,because the thing that happened at St.James Park the last 45min was almost magic,thanmk you Alan,thank you very much to all the players who did a terrific job.Now the future looks so much brighter.HOWAY THE LADS from Norway

  • 7 mashearer // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    black n white army dont worry we have plenty of luck left in our account…remember the mackem n spurs game

  • 8 BlacknWhite Barmy // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    masher – fair point m8

  • 9 Brutooon // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Sometimes we need luck also, the old newcastle would put unneccesary tackle and will get the end of a red card

    Now its a rejuvenate newcastle utd

  • 10 max // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    suudenly i smile…. bravo tiote..

  • 11 macn0ble (Finland) // Feb 6, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Have to admit that I did not watch the game after 10 min. But when Tiotes screamer hit the back of the net I was screaming my lungs out, and I guess my neighbours were getting some of it too :D

  • 12 BeeGuy // Feb 6, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Let’s hope DL keeps in mind how he felt (and looked to the TV cameras) during the first half. That man should be scouring the world and finding every trick and loophole to get AP some attacking help for the rest of this season. ‘

    And while he is at it, he should pay attention to who got NUFC back into this game and make sure that those men don’t get sold off. You can change the extremities, but you cannot remove the spine!

  • 13 ash1001 // Feb 6, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Would taken a point before the start, so more than happy, am sure there will be inquests on the first half display, and Williamson along with Simpson, look to be the ones under suspicion. for been at fault, I can partially understand why Collo could not get to Walcott, due to a slightly dodgy hamstring.

    The scond half and the fight back was something else, well done lads, in fact bloody well done.

    But it iseem we have upset those toffee nosed sods down south – quote from Sky’s Sunday Supplement
    “It was worrying,” said the Observer’s Paul Hayward, “Diaby obviously responded to a provocation from Joey Barton in the worst possible way – he forgot it was Barton and he should expect that during the course of the game.

    and 100 Best goals.com are suggesting that Barton should have been sent off.

    Its about time we banned all press south of Newcastle, they must really hate us something rotten.

  • 14 woodsee // Feb 6, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Superb how the fans kept with the team,would of been so easy to get on there backs especially after the goings on in the last week.

  • 15 PalmerToon // Feb 6, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_6732975,00.html

    Good news!

  • 16 Oleg G // Feb 6, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    I AM SO GLAD TORRES WASN’T AND ISN’T OUR PLAYER!!!

    what a dirty person. What kind of crappy things to say about your own team!

  • 17 Irish Geordie1 // Feb 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    tiotes reaction after scoring, is possibly even better than the goal, the passion is unbelievable, gives me goosebumps watchin it. really hope he stays in the summer

  • 18 AndyMac // Feb 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Outside of SJP I see Farser Forster got sent off in the Auld Firm cup match plus Di Matteo has been given the elbow at West Brom http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/west_bromwich_albion/9388972.stm

    Usual knee jerk reaction from a board that cannot see beyond the next few games. I have a lot of time for Di Matteo and with Chris already out that only leaves Holloway and you’ve got the set !

  • 19 cyprus // Feb 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Thanks for article andymac. That is stupid, firing DiMatteo! I remember how they thrashed us only a couple of months ago..

    Anyway, about the game yesterday. I refuse to look at the negatives, this is what supporting this team is all about: a roller-coaster. Loved Burton’s dead honest interview (and cricket score comment). Don’t have link, look it up on BBC.co.uk. He seems so nice and likable. Could this be the criminal all (including courts) were talking about?!

  • 20 Nolan96 // Feb 6, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    My favourite ever picture associated with Newcastle ^




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