It’s small wonder that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was delighted with the win against Birmingham on Saturday.
Alan Pardew – very pleased with all 3 points
Alan wants to finish as high up the table as possible, and there’s nothing at all wrong with that.
The higher Newcastle can finish in the league table, the easier it will be to attract good players this summer during the transfer window.
And we even think Alan Pardew will be on a bonus, which will be dependent on how high Newcastle finish in the league table – pay for performance if you like – and there’s nothing wrong with that either.
Alan Pardew talked about the hard fought victory on Saturday which took Newcastle to a more than decent 44 points:
“I am delighted with a hard-fought victory.” “There was a lot of frustration after last week and we had to have our own little rallying call.”
“The staff here have been great this week and done a terrific job.” “That’s the medical staff and the coaching and backroom staff.”
“We got the players in a good place for the game. That was the most important thing.” “The players responded again when they needed to and they won.”
“Regardless of how you view the game it was a convincing win.”
Birmingham almost got a late equalizer through Sebastian Larsson, a supposed Newcastle target this summer, and that would have really been a sickener for Newcastle.
The magpies would have put the game beyond doubt long before that, but for the continuing heroics of England goalkeeper Ben Foster, who had simply an outstanding game in the Birmingham goal.
But Birmingham are hardly an enterprising or attractive side to watch, and they had a game plan to get 10 players always behind the ball, and they are still not safe from relegation, after the defeat on Saturday.
“Birmingham came to frustrate us.” “They came to slow our tempo down and frustrate us.” “We will get that a lot next year too.”
“We know that is going to come and we have to crank up the pressure.” “We then have to capitalize, but we got the goals.
“They got a man sent off and we could have had a third or a fourth before they had even scored.”
Now Newcastle need to somehow take 3 points form their last couple of games, and the best chance of doing that is to beat West Brom on the last day of the season. The game at Stamford Bridge next Sunday will be very tough.
A win against West Brom would indeed be a fitting way in which to end this season, and with a win the players can then take the plaudits of the Newcastle fans after the game.
They’ll deserve the accolades.
Our players have done great this season – and we’re very proud of them. 😀