Fresh from gaining an excellent point at Stamford Bridge yesterday, with the Newcatsle team putting in yet another gutsy performance, Alan Pardew was upbeat today.
Alan Pardew – looking forward to a good finish on Sunday
And it’s small wonder Alan is looking forward to the final game of the season on Sunday against West Brom at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle are in 12th place in the league and all 3 points at home next Sunday afternoon against an in-form West Brom side, will see Newcastle end up on 48 points, and most Newcastle fans would have taken that points total last August.
One very pleasing feature of yesterday’s game was the performance of the four youngsters who took part – Nile Ranger, Sammy Ameobi on his first team debut, Kazenga LuaLua and Shane Ferguson (another first class performance) all looked the part for Newcastle, and were hardly cringing in their boots when they came on.
The youngsters came into the game and immediately had an impact, and you cannot ask too much more than that from the lads.
Alan Pardew would love Newcatsle to put in another good performance on Sunday and take all 3 points as he said today:
“It’s an important game for us next weekend.” “If we can beat West Brom then we will go above them, and to secure a top-ten finish in the Premier League this season would be fantastic.”
“We lost a big player in Andy Carroll in January and another big one in Hatem Ben Arfa at the start of the season to injury.”
“We’ve had problems but you have to admire the resilience of the squad and the staff.” “We had no Cheick Tiote today, or Kevin Nolan – but we never give anything up.”
Newcastle need to bring in some good players in the summer, but if the club can can keep Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton Barton and Jose Enrique at the club, they will already have a solid squad on which to build.
Newcastle have some very good youngsters coming through the ranks, and quite a number of them will be part of the first team squad next season, and if yesterday is any guide, they will be able to do a job for the first team next season.
A win on Sunday would be an excellent way of finishing the season, and starting the summer transfer window.
Anticipation, pride and excitement returned to Tyneside yesterday – that’s for sure.