Not surprisingly Alan Pardew was very upbeat about Newcastle’s very good display at Villa Park yesterday.
Alan Pardew at Villa Park yesterday
Alan Pardew had promised a much more attacking performance from Newcastle yesterday, after Newcastle were second best at Loftus Road on Monday night against QPR.
And that’s what the Newcastle players gave us yesterday, and at the end they were unlucky not to take all 3points, when Yohan Cabaye, who had an excellent game along with Cheick Tiote in central midfield, almost scored a couple of times in the last five minutes.
Pardew was happy with his team’s display at Villa Park.
“I was really buoyed by our performance because when you come to Villa, you don’t expect to control the game for as long as we did,”
“We got a grip of the central area of the pitch and Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote were outstanding.” “If we can get Cabaye on the ball, you would pay good money to watch him.”
“He was beautiful today and deserved a goal and it was a fantastic save by Shay Given that kept him out. But I’ve got to be really pleased to get a draw here and with the performance we gave, and I felt we perhaps deserved the win.”
“I thought we looked a threat the whole game and we created great chances and it bodes well for us going forward.”
Shay Given made a fantastic save from a terrific shot on 85 minutes that looked like it was going in, and then in injury time Cabaye almost scored the winner, but put the ball over the bar from a narrow angle.
But a draw was really a fair result because Aston Villa also had their chances to win the game too, and Darren Bent missed an absolute sitter for Villa in the first half, after Stiliyan Petrov had set him up beautifully.
Next up for Newcastle is the 3rd round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday night at Nottingham Forest, and then a home game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle will now be looking to win both those games, and keep up their excellent start to the season, and the Carling Cup is also an important competition for the Magpies this season.
On evidence of yesterday’s performance, Newcastle may be able to have a good run in that competition.