Alan Pardew seems to be getting to terms with what it means to be the Newcastle United manager.
Ryan Taylor – the hero’s in the middle there
It often seems that Newcastle lurch from one crisis to the other, and of course a week last Friday Jose Enrique finally got his wish, and left for Liverpool, and then let everybody know he felt sorry for the Newcastle fans.
The powers that be at Newcastle seemed to be unwilling to come up with the money to get a top new replacement in, and would you believe it, but it was left to the man who was playing out of position at left back, filling in for Jose Enrique, who was the hero for Newcastle yesterday.
Ryan Taylor is a first rate professional, and he again showed his great skill, when he rifled in a beautiful free kick with his right foot, to win the game for the Magpies after 62 minutes.
And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, and Ryan is on the fringes of the Newcastle first team, but today he is the toast of the Toon.
Add to that something Newcastle couldn’t do last season, a clean sheet against Sunderland, and suddenly things don’t look quite as bleak as some people, like Jose Enrique as one example, would have us all believe.
But it is the spirit of the players that have gained Newcastle 4 points from the first two games, and their two gritty displays and two good results have also lifted the spirits of the Newcastle fans.
Manager Alan Pardew is just delighted with the good start to the season so far:
“To get four points from our opening two games, with clean sheets in both is a real achievement.”
“We’ve got some new players in the side but we’ve not lost that spirit because there were times when we had difficulties and we came through.”
“Monday to Friday, we beat ourselves up, that’s a tradition at Newcastle, but Saturday is all about the game and I thought we were magnificent.”
Newcastle were outplayed in the first half yesterday, but like good teams do, they changed things at half time, and were good enough in that second half to get a great win.
Things are surprisingly looking up, at least right now, and all we need is for two top players to be signed this coming week, and wins on Thursday at Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup, and against Fulham at home next Sunday afternoon, and some of us may be in orbit.
It’s tough being a Newcastle United fan, very tough in fact, but it’s wins like yesterday, that somehow set the Newcastle club and their fans apart.
It was a fantastic win yesterday, there’s no doubt about that, and things are looking up on Tyneside, and long may that continue.
Howay The Lads!!