Leon Best again scored for Newcastle today as he scored the second half equalizer, and now he has scored all three of Newcastle’s goals over the last three games.
Leon Best – after scoring the equalizer today
And dare we say it, it looks like Leon is picking up from where he left off when he was injured earlier this year, and in his last 17 appearances for Newcastle’s he’s hit 9 goals.
The result kept Newcastle in fourth place in the Premier League, although there are four Premier League games still to be played tomorrow.
This is what Leon said after the game today:
“The sky is the limit at the minute,” “No one thought we would be in this position and we’ve showed what a good team we are and what good players we’ve got and we can just keep continuing what we’ve been doing and we’ll see what happens.”
“I think Alan Pardew’s a good man-to-man manager because I’m sometimes not the best to have around when I’m not playing and he does put an arm around me and gets me going again. That’s my own experience so he’s definitely doing it with the other players as well.”
“He’s telling us to believe how good we are and I think we showed that today. I definitely think we showed that today but again we’ve come back from conceding and we’ve showed we’ve got good fighting spirit.”
“Against QPR on Monday, Cabaye was playing a bit deeper and the gaffer has obviously pushed him up today and he’s enjoyed it. Shay Given did well on a few of his efforts, he’s hit the bar and he had a chance late on that I think if he did score would have rounded off his performance.”
Newcastle did very well today, and they went one down after 13 minutes thorugh Gabriel Agbonlahor, but it was against the run of play.
But Newcastle kept coming at Aston Villa and deserved their equalizer after 57 minutes through Leon Best, and that was just shortly after the impressive Yohan Cabaye had hit the crossbar, with Shay Given beaten.
And there were a lot of good performances that Alan Pardew can take out of this game, and Newcastle also played as a well organized side, with some attractive football.
Maybe Newcastle are not out of place so high up in the league, and certainly they could even have won the game today at the death, with a little bit more luck.
But 9 points from the first 5 games is not too bad at all.