It will take a little time for Alan Pardew and the players, not to mention the fans, to come down off cloud nine, after yesterdays’ great 1-0 win at local rivals Sunderland.
Alan Pardew – still on cloud nine
This was Alan’s second derby game as Newcastle manager, and he almost won the last one back in January by the same score-line.
But in that game, the referee awarded an amazing 5 minutes of added time, and Gyan equalized in the third minute of that added time, and Steve Bruce was seen to do a victory dance as he ran down the touch line ecstatic.
But there was none of that yesterday for Geordie Steve Bruce, as Newcastle held onto the 1-0 lead they had gained from a memorable Ryan Taylor free kick.
And the Magpies got yet another win against Sunderland, their 53rd compared to Sunderland winning only 45, by our records.
Alan Pardew seems to have given 129 interviews after the game, and this is what he said in one of them:
“You look at the fixture list we had – Arsenal at home, Sunderland away – some may have said, ‘If they get a point out of that, they will have done well’, a neutral or an expert back in the office.”
“But to get four points out of those two games is a real tick in the box. The thing we answered today, which I said to the players afterwards, the spirit is still there.”
“We were applauded for our spirit last year and quite rightly so.” “We have got new players, but we haven’t lost that spirit.”
“And that was evident today because there were times during the game that we had difficulties and your spirit needs to pull you through them.”
“That’s the type of club we are. Even when we lose, we have got to really be pushing to try to retrieve the situation at the end, and that spirit was evident today.”
“We have got that in the dressing room and that bodes well. When we are 2-1 down away from home or losing at home, we have got to get something out of it.
“It’s a very important trait for a football team.”
There’s no doubt at all that Newcastle fans are enjoying the weekend, and the sun is shining brightly in Raleigh today, and it isn’t even up yet – it’s only 5:49 am.
And it’s almost time for me to take my dog Cassie for her walk, and even she seems to be upbeat this morning, and she didn’t even watch the game!
That cloud nine stuff is really good, isn’t it?