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.
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.