Newcastle can still finish in the top 10 by beating West Brom at home in the final game of the season next Sunday afternoon.
Shane Ferguson – again looked the part for Newcastle today
Newcastle showed their guts this afternoon, when they got a surprise but well deserved point at Chelsea with 12 first team players missing from the team today.
And they twice came from behind to get the point, with a good Steven Taylor equalizer right at the death – fortune favors the brave alright.
Not surprisingly Alan Pardew was really buoyed by the performance of his Newcastle side after the game:
“I was delighted,” “We tried to set the team up with a positive view on the game, that we could hurt Chelsea.”“We just needed to stick to the game plan. The players were excellent today.” “I was thrilled with some of the younger players’ performances. It was a just result.”
“The focus now is just to try and beat West Brom.” “If we beat them, we jump above them and have a possibility of a top 10 finish.”
“That would be outstanding because we lost a very big player in Andy Carroll, and Hatem Ben Arfa. You have to admire the squad and the staff. We’re very resilient.”
“We’ve got a bit more than spirit. We’ve got quality.” “If you look at our two center-halves, they were outstanding. You can’t get a result at Chelsea if you don’t have good players.”
As usual, Newcastle had some great support today in London, and there were some great shots of Newcastle fans, very young and old, after Steven Taylor got the dramatic equalizer just one minute from the end of the game.
And Pardew seems to really want to get some good players in during the summer, which of course will also help him become successful at Newcastle.
Alan has again urged owner Mike Ashley to give the fans some encouragement by spending the £35M Carroll transfer money in the transfer market this summer.
“You can’t take that support for granted. You’ve got to give them hope and belief,” “They saw a few young players today, and they’ll be waiting for a few big new players to come in.”
“A performance like that will give the owner belief as well, that we’re doing things in the right way. If I was the owner, I’d think my investment was a bit more secure.”
“Newcastle is a big, big club.” “We want to attract one or two big players and bring on one or two young players.” “Those are the advances you need if you want to be successful.”
Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias looked happy enough at the game, but it really was an excellent performance from a ravaged Newcastle squad, and Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi, Kazenga LuaLua and Nile Ranger – all played well.
That was one of the things in today’s game that gave so much promise, some of the youngsters Newcastle have can come through into the first team – and certainly Ferguson looks set for a first team position somewhere in the side next season.
Shane hardly ever gives the ball away – which is always the sign of a very good player.
The next step is to beat West Bromwich Albion next Sunday afternoon, and cap off what has been an excellent season for Newcastle.
A win next Sunday will see the team on 48 points, and the players can take the plaudits from a very grateful Newcastle public.