There’s no doubt that the Newcastle defense is a lot more resilient than last season and also has a lot more luck.
The two managers shake hands last night before the game
How much those two things go together we don;t know but there is that saying that you make your own luck, and you have to applaud some of the performances for the Newcastle defense this season – they just never give up.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was down to earth after the game and didn’t pull any punches, and he had this to day this morning to the local Newcastle press:
“It was always going to be a difficult game because of the buzz around the place and the new players that have come into QPR.”
“It was a Monday night game on TV and it is never easy to come to QPR.” “We didn’t win enough second balls or pick up the pieces to get control of the game.”
“We lost in the centre of midfield.” “Yohan is trying to find his feet in there and he found it particularly difficult.” “The two strikers that we had on the pitch probably didn’t help them.”
“There were a lot of things that weren’t functioning for us.” “What did function was our resilience, our spirit and our back four again.”
“We have another great result.” “One of the players said in the dressing room that this was a game we’d have lost last season.”
“We didn’t have the resilience or the belief in our defending that we have this season so far.” “Our exuberance and flair was off key and sometimes that happens.”
“But we will look to improve that.”
How Newcastle fans view the season so far is whether you look at the glass to be half full or half empty.
On the positive side of things, Pardew and the Newcastle coaches seem to have the defense very well organized this season, and they have done very well indeed, while often being under intense pressure.
And we are still having some players bed into the side, and Gabriel Obertan showed some good touches at times last night, and Sylvain Marveaux looked decent enough when he was brought on in the last 10 minutes, and it was good to see Sammy Ameobi make another appearance, however short it was.
4th place cannot be bad, and while you can argue with some justification that Newcastle have carried a lot of luck in their first four league games of the season, we’ll gladly take 8 points from our first four games.
Howay The Lads!!