Alan Pardew was very relieved, but also delighted at the end of yesterday’s game, in which his players secured one of the most important wins of the season.
Shola Ameobi chased by Barton after scoring yesterday
It was a water-shed game yesterday for Newcastle, against an in-form Wolves side, but every single player stepped up to the plate, and Newcastle came away with a tremendous 4-1 victory and jumped to 9th place in the league, and are now just a couple of points off 7th place.
While Newcastle are not safe yet, the club is 7 points above the drop zone with 7 games to play, and the number of chances Newcastle carved out yesterday was a great omen, and they put four of them away.
The goal of the game was just before the end, when Jonas Gutierrez, who again worked his socks off for the Newcastle cause, scored a sublime goal as he cut in from the left and hit beautiful swerving right foot shot past the helpless Hennessey.
And it was great to see Shefki Kuqi, of all people, embracing the Argentine on the sidelines after Jonas had put the icing on the cake for Newcastle. It showed the great camaraderie that’s been in the Newcastle squad over the last two seasons.
It was noticeable yesterday just how much more committed the Newcastle players were than a short two years ago, when some of out star players didn’t seem too interested when the games got tough.
But Newcastle knew they could expect a tough game from Wolves yesterday, and that’s exactly what they got.
But there were a lot of good things Alan could take out of yesterday’s display, and he also praised the medical staff, who managed to get a few players fit enough to play yesterday.
“It was worth the wait because it was a great victory for us,” “Wolves are in tremendous form, coming into this game.” “We worked very hard not just the staff but the medical staff as well to make sure we had a team out there that was worthy of Newcastle United.”
“There was one or two that were really struggling and we managed to get a good 11 out on the pitch. The atmosphere in the stadium was terrific. We put Wolves under pressure and that constant pressure told.”
“I think any level of football it’s important to get the first goal,” “It was a good goal, Shola was magnificent all day and dominated the two center halves, created it and Kev Nolan as you would expect finished it.”
“It gave us the platform to go on, but you know when you have a young boy like Ferguson making his debut you need all the ingredients and we had that today.” “The rest of the players were on form, the stadium was positive, and we’re going to be a very difficult team to beat when we’re like that.”
Shola Ameobi looked impressive all game long, and as we said yesterday this lad has his critics among the fans, but yesterday everything he did showed the vast experience he has built up in his 11 years as part of the Newcastle first team.
And Shola got a very good goal just before half time, his 7th of the season, and his first in his mask, and it was a wonderful header.
So let’s give Shola the credit he deserves.
realize, because Wolves are definitely in good form at the moment, and we even expect them to continue their good form in the remaining games.
But yesterday the skill and fighting spirit of the boys in black and white, was not to be denied, and they produced a wonderful win for their fans, in front of an excellent and relieved 50,000 crowd.
What’s not to like about the guts and passion shown by this Newcastle team?