Alan Pardew was obviously delighted with the form of his team over the last two and a half games, and he has every right to be too.
Alan Pardew – his coaching skills showing through at Newcastle
The only thing that surprised us last night was the ease with which Newcastle took all 3 points from St. Andrews, a place which is notoriously difficult to get a win.
And Newcastle did that with many of their top players out injured, so it says a lot for the lads who were playing last night, and it also says a lot about the great team spirit which is now evident within the Newcastle squad.
The next game is against Bolton at home a week some Saturday, and we have a certain 5-1 score last year to put right, and Bolton are also just one point ahead of Newcastle, but with an inferior goal difference, so if the lads can win that game, Newcastle will go above Bolton in the league table.
And by then we’ll have a number of our injured players like Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Stephen Ireland and Shola Ameobi back from injury, and available for selection.
Alan Pardew was upbeat today, and that’s hardly surprising, as he will know the fans were absolutely delighted with the display of the team last night – they looked a good side, but we’ll not get too carried away – promise.
This is what Alan said today:
“We could find ourselves above Bolton, who are meant to be having a fantastic season.”
“There will be 50,000 Geordies roaring us on, and we will have to make sure we start better than we did against Arsenal.”
“If you are honest, and you put the commitment and the work rate in, you will get a break.”
We have been impressed us over the last two games Newcastle have played, and we’ll leave the Arsenal game out for the moment, we would need to write a book about what happened in that game – it was just completely unbelievable.
Newcastle have been well organized, and each player knows exactly what he has to do at all times during the games, and we put that down to good and thorough coaching.
And it’s hard not to give Alan Pardew most of the credit for that, because he has really tightened up the Newcastle defense, and some Newcastle players have even talked about how he had seen things they were doing wrong when he first arrived, and how he helped correct those.
In fact last night was also our 4th clean sheet of 2011, and that has to be good, and the defense is now not as vulnerable as it once was.
Indeed Birmingham didn’t come too close to solving the Newcastle rearguard at all last night, although they probably had three half chances all game, but couldn’t put one home.
That’s a big known weakness of the current Birmingham side, and why Oba Martins has been brought in.
In short, we’ve really liked what we’ve seen this year, and while we’ll not get carried away too much, we look forward top the lads putting in a solid performance against Bolton, and with any luck, and with 50,000 screaming mad Geordie urging the lads on, we could be above Bolton Wanderers after the game.
We certainly feel upbeat about the Newcastle side this year – things for seem reason seem so good today!