Alan Pardew was more than happy with all 3 points yesterday, in the home game against Birmingham City.
Alan Pardew yesterday – had Birmingham just scored?
After the 4-1 home win against Wolves, Newcastle went four games with just 2 points and a single goal scored.
So it’s nice when Newcastle beat the sides they should be beating, and Birmingham are one of those, even though they will be in the Europa Cup next season.
Which reminds us, Newcastle must play their first team in the Carling Cup next season, with just a few of the lower level PL clubs doing that this season – which of course included Birmingham.
It was a much improved performance from Newcastle yesterday, even given some allowance that Birmingham played with only 10 men from the 35th minutes of yesterday’s game.
Alan Pardew seemed delighted to get to 44 points on the season:
“Overall, I’m delighted with 44 points,” “We’re in the top 10 again with three games to go.” “I just think its important that we keep the feeling with the fans and club.” “I’ve got the owner investing at the training ground.”
“And I’ve got him investing in players, talking to agents and players, and I want to keep him there so it was important we got a win.”
“Now we need those three or four players at Newcastle who can get the fans off their seats. We know that is probably what’s missing and is going to take us beyond where we are at the moment.”
“That is the type of player we’re looking at and hopefully we can bring in one or two of them and add to what we’ve got.”
Newcastle have already started to install under-soil heating at their training grounds at Benton, so they can train outside over the cold winter months.
Last winter, the grounds were frozen solid, and Alan had to take the lads indoors, but it’s not easy to do everything you want to do when indoors.
Newcastle now join a few of the top clubs in the Premier League, who have under-soil heating at their training grounds, and it will be an excellent investment for the future of the Tyneside club.
Pardew was full of praise for the Newcastle squad this year, and commented on their terrific team spirit:
“They’ve had a collective team bond so when really big games come around, they’ve won.
“That is a good trait. Now we need to add a winning mentality and take it away from home as well.”
We also have to give the fringe players some credit this year for ensuring Newcastle’s safety – players like Best, Ameobi and Lovenkrands (and Nolan of course), have all done a good job up front for the side this year, and we shouldn’t forget that.
It was a significant risk selling Carroll in January and not being able to replace him, so let’s not forget that.
With new players coming in during the summer months, Newcastle could have more than a decent squad come September.
That’s what we are all hoping for of course.
Howay The Lads!!