Alan Pardew admitted it was a difficult game for Newcastle this afternoon.
Alan Pardew – tough game today
The lads found themselves 2-0 up after 29 minutes, and that was courtesy of an own goal from Heitinger on 11 minutes, and a typical Ryan Taylor rocket after 29 minutes, but Everton, as usual, never gave up today.
They got a goal back just before half time through Jack Rodwell, and the visitors had their chances to have at least drawn the game, but they didn’t take them.
And Everton were the side that was pressing almost continuously after the break, but once again Newcastle showed tremendous resilience and held on for their third league win on the trot.
Alan said this after the game:
“It was a difficult game for us today,” “We started well – so did Everton, as you would expect – and there were chances at each end. But once we got the goal, I thought, ‘this could be a good day for us here’ because we were really, really on it when we scored.”
“We got a second goal, a fantastic goal, and at that point we were brilliant for about 15 minutes. I don’t think anyone could have played against us in that period, we worked so hard.”
“Then their goal changed the game, and an injury to Cabaye changed it too because we lost a little bit of rhythm when he went off.” “They got a goal and you sensed the second half was going to be a little bit more of a struggle.”
“They had players on the bench that I thought if they came off the bench were going to affect the game – Cahill in particular – which they did.”
“They had all the big guns at the end, probably the best team they have had for a while, on the pitch, but our resilience, our defensive quality and the crowd got us over the line.”
Both Cabaye and Marveaux went off injured today, so let’s hope the injuries are not serious, but in that second half Newcastle had Danny Guthrie and Dan Gosling in the middle of the park and they both showed great determination.
Danny Guthrie in particular again looked very good for Newcastle, who remain in 3rd place in the league after Manchester United just beat a gallant Sunderland side 1-0 at Old Trafford.
And it may be a good time to play the Red Devils in three weeks time, because they didn’t look too confident today, and Chelsea just scraped by 1-0 at Blackburn Rovers, to remain 3 points behind the Magpies.
Newcastle found a way to win today and now have a fantastic 25 points from their first 11 league games.
Howay The Lads!!