Alan Pardew was a relieved man yesterday, after Newcastle had secured their 6th home win of the season.
Steven Taylor – in action yesterday
The Magpies were helped by the sending off of Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell after 35 minutes, and Liam just for good measure seemed to handle twice on the line, and his second hand ball whipped the ball away from Kevin Nolan who was about the bang the ball home.
So why did the Birmingham players surround the referee and make a big deal of it, since it was an obvious and deliberate hand ball, and an automatic red card not to mention the penalty.
The players these days certainly don’t help the referees at all.
Shola Ameobi dispatched the penalty in great style, and then Steven Taylor showed all the passion he has for his home town club with a terrific header to put Newcastle two up on 43 minutes.
It was fitting that it was two local lads who came through the Newcastle Academy who got the goals yesterday, – and you can say all you like about Taylor and Ameobi, but they are completely dedicated to Newcastle, it’s as simple as that.
But just to show this was Newcastle, Argentine Coloccini then gifted Birmingham a goal, when he completely missed a long ball down the center from goalkeeper Ben Forster, who made several outstanding saves throughout the game to keep the score down.
Former Newcastle player Lee Bowyer hit the ball home after a melee, in which the Newcastle defense tried to recover from the mistake, but couldn’t.
It was 2-1 at half time and stayed that way, although Newcastle were never in much danger of surrendering the lead, and the win took the Magpies into 10th place in the table and mathematically safe from relegation, at last.
This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports News after the game:
“It is very important for the club that we set a marker down for next year.” “Obviously we are going to bring in one or two players and I think we can get stronger from this point.”
“It is important to keep the owner, the club, everything going forward, and a good feeling at the football club. We have got that at the moment.”
“I think the fans know that this team is not filled with big names. But it has been resilient, has shown character when it has needed to, and more importantly it has won.”
“Newcastle are renowned for getting the fans off their seats, and we know that’s probably what is missing and is going to take us beyond where we are at the moment.”
Newcastle will not get their fans off their seats by signing players like Carlton Cole and Paul Konchesky, who are two players who previously played for Alan Pardew, but neither is good enough to be brought to Tyneside.
So it will be a test for Alan Pardew and Chief Scout Graham Carr to bring some good players to Newcastle this summer.
Graham Carr has an excellent record, and we’re hoping he can bring in at least a couple of Cheick Tiote type signings – a player Newcastle pick up for small money, but turns out to be an excellent player.
The summer transfer window is such an important time in the come back of Newcastle United form the depths of the second division, if the club is going to get back into the big time soon.
We live in hope.