Newcastle panicked a little towards the end of Saturday’s game at Wolves, when it looked like Newcastle may lose their lead in the game.
Tim Krul – excellent display on Saturday
But after the match, as always, manager Alan Pardew was down to earth and he even agreed that Wolves should probably have had a penalty in that first half, and didn’t use the cop-out some managers use by saying he didn’t see it.
Alan seems to call things as he sees them, and that will stand him on good stead at Newcastle.
This is what Alan said about the young side he has, following Saturday’s game:
“We’re a young side and we lost control and panicked a bit, but we’re realistic and we know we’re not the finished article,”
“We’re very pleased with where we are and let’s see how far we can go, but I don’t think there’s many Newcastle fans who will be thinking about the Champions League.”
“We’ve just tried to be the best we can be and hopefully against Tottenham in two weeks we’ll control the game a bit better than that.”
Newcastle’s star man on Saturday was goalkeeper Tim Krul, and he made many good saves and looked a very good goalkeeper in everything he did at Molineaux. Tim will be joining up with the Dutch squad this week for their upcoming European qualifiers.
And the way he’s been playing this season must give him hope he can become the new Dutch first choce goalkeeper very soon.
Krul also admitted after the game, which saw Newcastle temporarily in 3rd place in the league, that he couldn’t quite beleive Newcastle were in such a good position:
“We wouldn’t have believed this position if you had told us at the start of the season, but we knew we had a good squad and the confidence has grown game by game. It’s good we have a break because the lads are knackered.”
Newcastle are now back in 4th position after Chelsea hammered a woeful looking Bolton side 5-1 yesterday to regain 3rd place.
And Joey Barton’s new club QPR also looked very poor yesterday, and were taken to the cleaners by a good looking Fulham side.
The Cottager smashed QPR 6-0 at Craven Cottage, with Andrew Johnson getting a good hat-trick, to add to his two goals in the Europa League on Thursday night, when Fulham beat Odense BK of Denmark 2-0.