One of the good things we like about Alan Pardew is he doesn’t get carried away.
Pardew and Obertan – Gabriel was great yesterday!
And with Newcastle doing so well, he’s very concentrated on keeping his own feet firmly on the ground, and those of his players too.
The new look Newcatsle put ina good performance yesterday and got all 3 points against Blackburn rather easily, whatever Blackburn manager Steve Keen said after the game, with some woulda coulda shoulda stuff.
Steve must have been watching a different game, and his interview after the game reminded me of Newcastle when we were relegated way back in 1961, and we were just hopeless under then manager Charlie Mitten.
Newcastle would be beaten say 3-0 and we’d say the first two goals were offside, the goalkeeper should have saved the third one, and we missed two open goals – we should have won 2-0!
That’s what I call woulda coulda shoulda and it’s all about being in complete denial.
Alan Pardew has given an excellent interview in today’s Sunday Sun and this is what he had to say:
“The team did excite me against Blackburn. The second half at Villa and on Saturday; the speed of some of our attacks and some of our passing and movement was very, very good.”
“We were good. I thought that our control of the game was probably the most pleasing thing.” “Some of the speed of our attacks and some of our passing was exceptional – it was a very pleasing day.”
“I think its only fair that some of the games we’ve had this year, we haven’t threatened the goal enough,” “Some of that was because we wanted to get a solid start and some of it is because some of our players are finding their feet in this division.”
“But they’re beginning to blossom and I think there’s real competition in all areas and that has armed me a little bit – one or two players have jumped up a level because of the competition around them. That’s what the big clubs should have.”
“The discipline of the team is important to maintain,” “If we just keep our discipline at all times, we’re going to win more than we lose this year. Blackburn did a job on Yohan Cabaye and in doing so they left other areas of the pitch we can exploit.”
“We’ve shown we’re not just a one trick pony, we can deliver in other areas. I thought Gabriel Obertan was brilliant and so was Jonas Gutierrez. In wide areas, we caused a lot of trouble.”
“I don’t have goals and ambitions to put in front of this team as it stands.” “We’ve got Wolves to come and we want to go into that game and try and remain unbeaten. We’ll go from there.”
“I don’t think it’s a pat on the back for me or for anyone. That’s very, very dangerous and we talked about it after the game and at half-time.”
“It’s important to keep the disciplines we had before – the club’s in really, really good health throughout the club. The fans were brilliant and it’d be great to have a season where there’s a really good feeling about the place.”
“We’ve only just started and hopefully we can continue the feeling we had yesterday.”
Indeed the speed of one of Newcastle’s attacks in the second half was responsible for Olsson getting a second yellow card and being sent off, as he brought down Leon Best deliberately as Newcastle moved like lightning from defense into attack, which they did a few times yesterday.
It’s interesting that Alan has pointed out it’s no time to pat anybody on the back, and the players and coaching staff have to maintain their focus on winning each game as it comes along.
And Yohan Cabaye had a quiet game yesterday, although Tiote was great for the second week running, and Obertan looked pure class.
And of course Demba Ba hit a fantastic hat-trick and got a great ovation when he was replaced by Ben Arga after 75 minutes, and Ben Arfa also received loud applause in his first appearance at home since that double leg fracture.
Things are looking up on Tyneside, but the only thing that matters now is to beat Wolves away next Saturday, and that will not be easy.