Alan Pardew was delighted with the Newcastle performance yesterday, if just a little disappointed that Newcastle couldn’t get the win.
Cheick Tiote – excellent performance yesterday
After Newcastle equalized through Leon Best on 57 minutes, the game became very open, but Newcastle looked more like the team that would win the game and Cabaye, who has a great game, went close twice at the end of the game.
To be fair, it would have been cruel to Villa, who had their own chances of winning the game, especially in that first half, when Darren Bent had missed an absolute sitter, after Gabriel Agbonlahor had expertly opened the scoring.
But Pardew was just delighted, and rightly so, from the contribution from Best, Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, who was seemingly back to his old self:
“I was really buoyed by our performance,” “When you come to Aston Villa you don’t expect to control the game for as long as we did.
“So I was really pleased by that. We got a grip of the central area of the pitch – Demba Ba helped our two midfield players get on the pitch, and they were outstanding today, Cabaye and Tiote.”
“Although you could be slightly disappointed not winning the game, I’ve got to be pleased to get a draw here with a performance that deserved a win.”
After the QPR game, we couldn’t make up our minds up about whether Newcastle were a good team this season, or just very lucky.
But yesterday Newcastle looked a very good side, who knew exactly what they were doing, especially in that second half, and they may even do better than we had expected this season.
That would be something!