Alan Pardew had said the game at Wolves would be a very tough one, and he was right.
Danny Simpson – well drilled defense
We would have been satisfied with a draw before the game, but once the lads were 2-0 up at the half and played well, a win is all that mattered.
The lads finally achieved that by holding out until just two minutes from the normal 90 minutes, when Steven Fletcher finally scored for the home side.
Of course the reports on the game were all about the luck Newcastle had, when Wolves should have had a penalty in the first half, when Steven Taylor fouled Jamie O’Hara inside the box and not outside as the referee saw it.
And then Wolves could have had an equalizer in injury time, but the ball was ruled to have gone across the bye-line before Kevin Doyle scrambled the ball over the line.
Those things always happen in football, and you take the luck when you can get it, and push on when you don’t, but you never make an excuse for it, either when you lose through it or win through it.
Danny Simpson has talked again about how the Newcastle manager has drilled the defense this season, and they seem to be an outstanding unit of the side:
“We worked a lot on the defensive side, the gaffer’s put in a lot of work all over the pitch on what he wants the players to do,” “It just seems to be working well and everyone seems to know what they’re doing.”
“Sometimes you don’t even tell each other, you just expect them to be there now.”
“Once you’ve got that kind of understanding on the pitch, you’ve seen in the last couple of games what we can do, passing the ball around. When we passed the ball around we got our goals. We know we’re going to create goals.”
One of the things we like about Alan Pardew, is that he wants to win every game Newcastle play, and that’s different to other recent managers at the club, who would set up their plans away from home to get a draw at Molineaux.
Not so with Alan Pardew, who told everybody before the game that Newcastle were going for a win, and at half time it looked so good at 2-0 up, with Newcastle being the better side.
But Newcastle were put under tremendous pressure in that second half, and Wolves will do that a lot at Molineax this season.
Danny Simpson talked about how positive the Newcastle manager is:
“He mentioned not many teams reach 15 points after seven games,” “If you look down the years it’s the typical Man Us, Chelseas and Arsenals who’ve done that.’
“So he said on Saturday, ‘Go on, you’ve done so well, go out and get a win.” “It’s a magnificent achievement but we’re not finished yet, we’ve got to kick on. We can’t get complacent.”
“We’ve got a nice sort of a break now and a big game against Tottenham when we come back. We’re putting ourselves into a great position to get something and kick on.”
“We saw a league table in the dressing room after the game when Newcastle were 3rd, and it just seems as if things are getting better and better this season.”
“We’re well prepared, everyone knows what they’re doing, we’re a tight group, and everyone gets on with each other. You must have been able to tell how much we all want to do well for each other. We’re trying to save each other, help each other out and work for each other and the club.”
“You’ve got to say we had a bit of luck but the lads put their bodies on the line I don’t know how many times. Tim Krul was fantastic in some of the saves he made.”
“The defence has been top but on Saturday Tim got the back four out of the mess a couple of times.” “It was a good performance from the boys. We rode a bit of luck but you need your luck along the way when things are going well.”
We’re in the two week International break now, but the next game should be great to watch – Tottenham at home on Sunday, 16th October.
Ben Arfa and Davide Santon have to get into the side somehow, but we’re not sure if Alan will change the side that won at Wolves, although he may have to, with Demba Ba being a possible doubt with his twisted ankle.
If Ba is not available, he could play Ben Arfa as a withdrawn striker behind Leon Best.
What do you think the side should be against Tottneham?