There’s no doubt that Newcastle now have a chance to qualify for Europe this season – although whether the lads can take the slim opportunity or not, is a completely different matter.
Alan Pardew – Bolton will be very very tough
Any such talk of Europe has quite rightly been played down by the Newcastle players – but of course has not ruled out all together.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today that Bolton will be tough – very tough:
“The stadium could be very buoyant and maybe for the first time since I took over.” “It’s basically all about the game with Bolton for now and nothing else.”
“We’ve had such tough games at home in recent times. We’ve had Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool in my home games.” “But this is just as tough.”
“Bolton absolutely smashed us last time out.” “They have monster confidence and have won four out of the last five, with four clean sheets in that time.”
“It’s a proper game. “It’s way above the level of Blackburn and Birmingham – with all due respect to them.”
Alan is not right there, as Bolton have indeed won their last three games with clean sheets, but in the 5 games before that they lost four and drew one.
Pardew’s last home game turned out to be a very very famous and highly inspirational team talk at half time, when the lads were 4-0 down to Arsenal.
Alan will hope things will be a little bit calmer this half time on Saturday.
Alan looked back to his last home league game just over two weeks ago:
“On reflection it was astonishing.” “I can’t remember a comeback like it.” “There have been many days in my career that were great but not like this and against the quality of opposition that we were up against.”
“You just got a feeling that once we got that first goal the momentum had swung, and the crowd got involved.”
“We were in dreamland when the third one went in as the whole stadium knew we were in with a chance, and we almost won it.”
“The contrast is unbelievable to most other games.”
The game against Arsenal, and especially those last 23 minutes, when Newcastle scored all 4 goals, will live in Premier League history – no – let’s rephrase that – it will live in football history – as one of the greatest comebacks of all time.
They’ll be playing that video decades and decades from now, and showing Cheick Boom Boom Tiote breaking the world’s 50 meter dash world record, just after he scored that sensational fourth goal! 😀
And here again (one last time?) is the short radio commentary of it – it’s the most amazing and passionate live commentary I’ve ever heard on the radio – ever.
What a game, what a team, what a moment, it’s Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4. You will never ever see a game quite like this – unbelievable.
That’s Newcastle United for you – guts and glory!