Newcastle United put in a superb display of guts and glory yesterday afternoon, and came from behind twice to keep their unbeaten record and keep their 4th place in the league table.
Alan Pardew applauds the great Newcastle fans after the game yesterday
As it turns out if Newcastle had lost by one goal yesterday, they would have still been in 4th place ahead of Sours on goal difference, but now they remain 2 points ahead of Liverpool and 3 points ahead of Spurs but 3 points behind Chelsea in 3rd place.
So we’re starting to lose touch with 3rd position Chelsea which must be worrying.
I’m only kidding.
It’s not surprising Alan Pardew was so upbeat after the game yesterday, and he was rightly proud of his side after the game.
And Alan did his bit from the touchline too, encouraging his players, and making attacking substitutions when Newcastle went behind for the second time, in that pulsating second half.
More performances like this and we hope to see St. James’ Park packed full with over 52,000 fans at the ground.
Alan Pardew also thinks Newcastle have closed the gap on the top teams in the league, and he’s probably right:
“Standing on the sidelines, there wasn’t a lot in it. That’s a good sign,” “There were times last season when I stood on the sidelines and there looked to be a big distance between us and the top sides. We’ve closed that gap.”
“Whether we can sustain it, we need our key players to keep fit, but we’ve got others who can make an impact.” “As I stand here today still unbeaten, you’ve got to say it’s a fantastic achievement by the players and the staff.”
“And I’m proud of the players and the staff because this has taken a lot of hard of work. And from the owners too,” “They’ve taken a lot of criticism at this club and sometimes things take time.”
“We haven’t looked at targets beyond the short-term,” “If we win at Wigan we’ll have 19 points and that’ll be almost halfway towards safety, which is some achievement. Once you clear those barriers you can start to look at other things.”
Pardew still has safety in the league as the number one priority and then as stated in the Newcastle United Mission Statement released by the club yesterday, a top ten finish is the goal this year.
It was very good to see the club release the mission statement because once the fans know what the club is trying to do, and what the constraints are, they should be more understanding.
This last financial year – presumably though June 30th this year when the club was back in the Premier League - should see a slight loss of just over £4M, and the next financial year the club should see the club break even and likely make a profit.
That compares with the club losing £30M plus over the previous two season - so that’s good news on the financial front.
But a good question is when the club is making a profit, will that profit be reinvested back into the club, so that it is run as non-profit business in effect?
That would be a good way to run it, although the club still needs to repay Mike Ashley for the loans he has made over the last four years.
But there’s no doubt now that Newcastle are a very decent side this season, and they should do well, although just how well remains the big question.
And to close I’ve got to be honest and open, and say I was so proud of our lads at the end of yesterday’s game - they were simply fantastic.