Newcastle gave their worst display at St. James’ Park in many years in that first half on Saturday.
Cheick Tiote’s goal – will never ever be forgotten
But the amazing turnaround, and the fantastic Cheick Tiote’s equalizing goal and his subsequent celebrations, has been news around the world over the weekend.
How many times in years to come will we see that goal again – many many times – and it’s even being shown continually on ESPN over here in the US – as they just love Cheick’s reaction after scoring.
And what a great great shot of Alan Pardew punching the air continuously, and then the switch to Arsene Wenger complaining about anything he can think of to anybody who will listen.
You cannot make this stuff up.
And one big question we all wanted to know was what Alan Pardew said at half time.
Well it turns out he gave the players a real roasting, as revealed today by Cheick Tiote, and things were thrown around in the dressing room.
This is what Cheick Tiote had to say about half time in that dressing room:
“At half-time it was a very angry dressing room. The manager was furious, shouting. “
“He said it was up to us to put it right, to give something back to the fans. We had let them down.”
“There were things thrown in there and we had let ourselves down in the first half. It was not a normal performance.”
“He told us to go out there and put it right. He kept the same team for the second half because he said it was up to us to put it right.”
Alan had said he had told them they could go on feeling sorry for themselves about losing Andy, and they would get hammered again in that second half.
But we all knew it had to have been more than that, because as soon as the second half started, we were a completely different team.
And of course their performance was such that had a good goal from Leon Best not been disallowed for offside, they could even have won the game.
And Newcastle will have gained new fans aorund the world for what they did in that second half, in what was the greatest comeback in Premier League history.
We were told Alan Pardew had motivational skills when he arrived, and he had said after the game that in years to come he would look back on this game with great pride.
Alan will have done a lot on Saturday in that 10 minute dressing room talk, to get himself into the fans’ good books, that’s for sure.
We think Alan is like Chris Hughton, and is being inspired by the absolute passion for football he has found on Tyneside – we hope so anyway – and he certainly produced a miraculous turnaround on Saturday.
It would have been great to have a recording of that dressing room talk at half time – I wish I had been a fly on the wall – but there again I might have been hit by one of those flying object.
Whatever Alan did say did the trick and produced what has to be close to a miracle in those final 45 minutes.