Alan Pardew has been waxing lyrical about everything Newcastle, after his patched up side fought like Trojans this afternoon, to get a well deserved point at Stamford Bridge, with the dramatic equalizer coming at the death from local lad Steven Taylor.
Steven Taylor – after scoring dramatic late equalizer
That was Steven’s 12th goal ever for Newcastle, and his second successive headed goal since returning to the first team in place of the injured Mike Williamson, and Steven has showed he’s as good as he ever was in those games.
Don’t forget the patched-up Newcastle side had a bunch of youngsters on the bench, compared with Chelsea’s bench of superstars.
Newcastle’s bench was Ole Soderberg, James Tavernier, Alan Smith, Kazenga LuaLua, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Shefki Kuqi
Chelsea’s bench was Ross Turnbull, Paulo Ferreira, David Luiz, Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel, Florent Malouda, Didier Drogba
So you see what we mean, but Newcastle still came away with a well earned point.
Guts and fighting spirit means a lot these days in the Premier League, and Newcastle have shown that in abundance this season, and we’ll not even mention it was sadly missing in our relegation season two years ago.
Newcastle were playing against a side that Roman Abramovich has spent over £850M on since he became owner, but we don’t worry – Newcastle will have £35M to spend in the summer on new players – we think – we hope. 😀
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“It was one of the most enjoyable goals I can think of. When you get a performance and young players entering the field of play, at this club, it gives them a great start.”
“They deserved it today. Ferguson, Kazenga LuaLua, Sammy Ameobi who came on, Ryan Taylor playing out of position.”
“I was thrilled with some of the younger players’ performances. It was a just result.”
Alan Pardew has already done a lot of work for the upcoming transfer window along with Chief Scout Graham Carr and the rest of his coaching staff.
And he was reported to be in France early last week doing some transfer business, but exactly what that was, we have no idea.
Alan Pardew, who is obviously delighted to have become the Newcastle manager, and seems to be warming to the job, added:
“Newcastle is a big, big club, we want to attract big players and bring a few younger players in.” “I think the focus is to try and beat West Brom, if we beat them we jump above them then there’s the possibility of a top ten finish.”
“It’s outstanding considering we lost Carroll and Ben Arfa through injuries and the suspensions. The staff are very resilient, and never give up.” “When you get a performance and young players entering the field of play at this club it gives them a great start.”
“Ferguson, Lua Lua, Ameobi and Ryan Taylor playing out of position, and experienced players did well.” “The two center halves were outstanding, you can’t get a result at Chelsea unless you’ve got very good players.”
“Whilst youth contributed, our senior players were outstanding.” “The next stage for us – our fans who are in great voice day, outstanding support we always get, we can’t take that for granted, we’ve got to give them hope and belief.”
If there are no injuries from today’s game – Shane Ferguson, who again looked excellent in a black and white shirt today, was taken off injured after 69 minutes – then Alan Pardew will likely start the same side against West Brom in the final game of the season, where a win would be a great finale to the season.
3 points would also very likely have Newcastle finish in the top 10 in the league, which would exceed all expectations for this season.
And then the real business starts in earnest in strengthening the Newcastle squad, and that would be helped enormously if Newcastle can nail down Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique on long term contracts at the Tyneside club.
The three of them are talisman for Newcastle, and certainly the excellent fighting performance from a severely weakened Magpies side this afternoon, will help them make up their minds – to stay – hopefully.
Things are starting to look up at Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!