We heard the chant of “Alan Pardew’s Black and White Army” for the first time on Saturday, and it was clear from Alan Pardew’s smiles that he was simply delighted that the Newcastle fans may finally be getting behind him on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew – on the sidelines on Saturday
Alan is diplomatic, and he took the chants to be for his entire coaching staff, which is only right and proper, and he thanked the fans for the chants, and also for being so patient with the side, since it wasn’t until the 81st minute that Cabaye scorted his great winning goal:
“That was a nice personal thing for me. It’s nice. I appreciate that, and thank them for it.” “It was really good.”
“I’m talking for the whole playing staff when I say we appreciated that massively – that won’t be the first time that happens when we’re not quite right.”
“The crowd were brilliantly patient, and they got their reward. It was worth paying your money for the goal.”
“There are 15 points between us and the bottom. Now we can go into a big run of games with a great points tally, and do to the bigger teams what Wigan did to us on Saturday.”
“And give it a go. We can go out and figh against the bigger sides. ” “We have Stoke and Everton, and then the big three. It is a tough month coming up for us, and this was an important time for us.”
“We weren’t brilliant – we know that. It was very difficult. As much as we talk about things in the dressing room, and plan ahead, it’s difficult sometimes for players to get themselves up to the level needed. Wigan were crisper and faster than us at times.”
“They caused us problems, but the reason we have 19 points is because there’s a resilience to the team. There’s a quality when you need it. We had some desperate defending, and there was a fantastic save from our goalie.”
“We dug in at times when they had possession, and kept it at 0-0. In the second half, I felt we’d score. It was late and it was tight, but I still thought we’d get one.”
“I didn’t expect Cabaye to score because it was a difficult position. I felt he’d hit the target, and maybe we’d get something from the rebound, but it was such a clean hit, it gave the keeper no chance.”
Newcastle are getting very good at grinding out the results, and now in successive games at home they have scored a great goal in the last 10 minutes in each game, and have captured 4 points in those two games against Tottenham and Wigan.
That’s an excellent return from those two games, and Newcastle seem to be very professional these days, and the team itself was patient in that second half, as they created more and more pressure on the Wigan defense, until they finally broke.
We know Alan is targeting the Carling Cup as something Newcastle can actually win this season (that’s not a misprint), so it will be interesting to see what team he selects for Wednesday night at Blackburn.
But we think he may keep some of his players in from Saturday afternoon, and not make the wholesome changes he made in the last round at Nottingham Forest.
This could be the team he selects:
Santon Coloccini Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Gosling Tiote Guthrie Marveaux
Steven Taylor has a broken nose and he may be rested for Wednesday night, but there’s not many who can play at center-back, with Mike Williamson still out injured, and we suppose James Perch could come in.
The team above shows just four changes from the side on Saturday, and he may give games to Peter Lovenkrands, Mehdi Abeid, Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi, Alan Smith and James Perch among others, so it’s a tough call to make.
What would your team be for Wednesday night?