Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is now hoping for a home draw in the Carling Cup 4th round, after Newcastle got their 4th win in seven games, by winning 4-3 after extra time at Nottingham Forest last night.
Peter Lovenkrands – after scoring last night
Newcastle fielded nine changes from the side that drew 1-1 at Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, and only Danny Simpson and captain Coloccini kept their places.
Newcastle went ahead four times last night, but on three of those occasions Nottingham Forest fought back to equalize.
But Coloccin’s winning goal came two minutes into added time at the end of extra time, and hardly time for Forest to come back for a fourth time.
That was obviously the plan to win the game and yes, I’m kidding.
Pardew talked after the game last night:
“It’s a competition where we will be looked at as one of the possible teams who can win it, and we have got to believe that.” “We are looking for a home draw because we have had two tough away games.”
“The first game might have been unglamorous, but to win here at the City Ground is always a good result, so hopefully we will get a home draw.”
“It was a funny game. When you make nine changes, you kind of know that the team is going to be slightly dysfunctional in some of its play.”
“But within that team individually, my goodness, we had some outstanding performances tonight.”
“We are unbeaten, we showed great spirit to come back again, get a knock-back, come back, knock-back, come back, knock-back and still get the winner.”
“It was fitting that the captain should get it because I did think long and hard about playing him, and I’m glad I did now.”
Alan Pardew will take a lot of good things out of the game last night, Peter Lovenkrands scored twice, and 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid looked very efficient in central midfield alongside Danny Guthrie, and Sylvain Marveaux is beginning to look the part on the left wing.
So given it was essentially a second eleven playing for Newcastle last night, the lads did very well indeed, and got the job done, because Newcastle are in the hat for the 4th round draw on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!