It was a welcome relief for Newcastle fans this afternoon, that Newcastle recorded their second win in 11 games against 3rd bottom of the table, Wolves.
John Carver and Alan Pardew happy at Gutierrez goal
But it was a win that was desperately needed, and now takes Newcastle quite nicely into 9th place in the Premier League, and just 2 points out of 7th place, but more importantly, a full 7 points above the relegation zone, with just 7 games to play
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game today, which was watched by almost 50, 000 fans at St. James’ Park:
“If you work for the football club here in Newcastle, football up here is a religion to some people, it really is taken that seriously.”
“Everywhere we went, we were reminded of how important this fixture was. It wasn’t lost on the dressing room, rest assured of that, and we made sure we won that game today.”
“Harps said before we went out, ‘Whatever it takes, let’s make sure we win this game’, and we did that.”
“The performance at Stoke just started ringing a few alarm bells. But it was a one-off game at Stoke. It didn’t go for us, it didn’t work out, but we were back to what we are about today.”
Goals from Kevin Nolan, his 12th of the season, and a great header from Shola Ameobi, the masked man, just before half time, seemed to have Newcastle nicely positioned at the half, and they went even further ahead with a good goal from Peter Lovenkrands after 50 minutes.
But Wolves pulled a goal back on 58 minutes through Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, and then gave it all they had against a resolute Newcastle defense, but couldn’t get that second goal.
The Newcastle defense played well today, with both Coloccini and Mike Williamson in commanding form, especially in the air.
And would you believe it, but three minutes into injury time, Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez scored a great individual goal, only his second of the season, to make it 4-1, and a great win for the Magpies.
Alan Pardew continued:
“We are definitely safer, but I don’t even want to think about Villa because, at the moment, me and John Carver could be putting our kit on.”
“We will savor today, but we are going to have to do a lot of work between now and Villa next Sunday because we have got one or two missing and one or two injured today.”
Kevin Nolan will miss the next two games after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season, but the good news is that Ryan Taylor can return against Villa, since he has now served his 3 match ban, for being sent off against Bolton Wanderers.
Stephen Ireland was not even on the bench today, and he cannot play against his club Aston Villa next week, so the soonest Stephen can make his debut for Newcastle is now the home game against Manchester United on Tuesday night, April 19th.
And some good news is that Ben Arfa will be back on Tyneside next week, to resume training with the Newcastle first team squad, following six months out with a double fracture of his left leg.
It was a good day for the Newcastle club today, there’s no doubt about that.