I’ve got to be honest and say that Alan Pardew went up a notch or two in my opinion, after today’s draw against Tottenham.
Alan Pardew – we are all working very hard
Alan did everything he could from the touchline to spur Newcastle on (excuse the pub), and whether it was raising his hands in the air to encourage the fantastic Newcastle supporters , or in the last 20 minutes waving his side forward when they were trailing 2-1, he was the epitome of a committed and even inspired manager today.
And like Harry Redknapp before today’s game, the Newcastle manager has come out and said it’s about time owner Mike Ashley got some credit for what he ‘s done with the club over the last couple of years.
Managing Director Derek LLambias issued a mission statement for the club today, and it makes very interesting reading, and in it Derek has said the club should break even over the current financial year, and that’s very good news.
Newcastle were so courageous today as they twice came from behind, and they very nearly won it at the death, when in injury time, Coloccini missed a decent chance in the 91 st minute, and Newcastle could have had a penalty in the 94th minute.
The Newcastle fans certainly got their moneysworth today in what was a terrific game, especially in the second half, in a game played between two very good sides.
This is what Alan said after the game:
“I am hoping the owner is starting to get a little bit more respect.” “I don’t think we are ever going to win everybody over for Mike and Derek and maybe even myself.”
“But at least you can logically look at it and say we are in a much better position than most Premier League clubs in terms of our financial position.”
“We have an owner who doesn’t want to go away. He wants to invest in the team, but he wants to do it in the right manner.”
“We are working really hard, my scouting team and my staff, to try to bring in the best players we can on the finances we have.
“Chief scout Graham Carr, myself, Assistant Manager John Carver, we have assembled what we think is a team that is better than last year’s.”
“That’s all we are at the minute, and let’s hope we can improve from there.”
Certainly the TV commentators today paid Newcastle many compliments, not only because of the terrific atmosphere the fans create in every game at St. James’ Park, but also because Newcastle are now making headline on the pitch.
They also did that in the Championship when Chris Hughton was managing the club successfully, and news is not being made for dubious off-the-field activities.
Alan Pardew was clear the lads deserved something out of the game this afternoon:
“We deserved something today and it was important for the stadium and the fans because they could have gone away and thought.”
“‘Well, perhaps we are a bit short’.” “We ain’t short. Maybe we might surprise everybody and maybe we might surprise ourselves.”
Not surprisingly after Spurs had gone 2-1 after 68 minutes, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was disappointed that his side, who had won their last four games, couldn’t hang on for the win.
But Newcastle put his side under tremendous pressure in the last 20 minutes, as the Magpies were unwilling to settle for their first defeat of the season, and the equalizing goal for a certain Shola Ameobi after 86 minutes, was simply a joy to behold.
This is what Redknapp said after the game:
“When you are 2-1 up with minutes to go, you are looking to win the game, for sure, so it becomes disappointing.”
“Last year, we came here and we were losing with a couple of minutes to go and we grabbed an equaliser, so you are delighted.”
“But when you are winning so late in the game, you are really looking to make sure you get the three points if you can.”
Spurs looked a very good side today, and at certain periods of the game, it looked as if finally Newcastle had met their match this season - but please don’t tell that to Alan Pardew or his Newcastle players.
They played their hearts out for the cause today, and at the end the Geordie fans at the game were seen to be delighted with the result, and the performance from the lads.
As we had pointed out in an earlier article – as long as the players give 100% for the side, that all the fans really ask for.
Well, the fans got that committed effort this afternoon, and the lads got a valuable point too, and we’re still unbeaten this season in 10 games.
Things are looking up at Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!