It was clear to see and hear how the Newcastle fans urged their team on to hang onto all 3 points on Saturday.
Ryan Taylor – what a goal for new son Henry!
As we had expected, Everton under David Moyes just never give up, and we’ve seen his side score a couple of injury time goals in the past to win a game, and they are so adept at scoring late goals.
So nothing was certain in that second half, but the lads eventually held out with another organized and solid display, and to their credit the three substitutes who came on, Gosling, Sammy Ameobi and Ben Arfa, did a good job for the side.
Manager Alan Pardew, who put in some shift on the touchline on Saturday as he seemed to kick every ball, wants Newcastle fans to enjoy Newcastle’s recent success, and yes, even think of those European glory days again we enjoyed under Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson.
But the game had it’s casualties for Newcastle with injuries to Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye and Leon Best.
It’s worrying that Marveaux left St James’ Park on crutches after suffering another groin injury, since he missed the rest of the season at Rennes with a similar groin injury last October.
We are not saying it’s that serious, but we have to hope it’s not the exact same problem he had last season in France.
Alan Pardew was more than a little upbeat after Newcastle third league win in a row:
“I don’t want to dampen expectations and dampen the mood,” “I am not here for that.”
“I want Newcastle fans to enjoy this and if they are dreaming of the Champions League, let them dream, it is fantastic, good luck to them.”
“In the dressing room we have to be a little more conservative about our approach. We are a new team, we have done terrific and we go to the next game, that’s it.”
“It is a great achievement for everyone at the club, regardless of the role they have here.” “Everybody believes in each other and trusts each other, from the staff who work at the stadium to the training ground.”
“It’s brilliant to be able to say we are unbeaten at this time, and we should be proud of that.” “When I say I want the fans to come here, I think the players deserve it, it is nice for them to respond, and I think they did,”
“The atmosphere was brilliant at times and you will not get that anywhere else – at the end they were brilliant just seeing us over the line.”
“If that had been at Goodison I don’t think we would have won that game, for sure. They got us back in the shape we were in at the time.”
Newcastle withdrew Cheick Tiote from the Ivory Coast squad yesterday, and we have to think it was an excellent move by Pardew not to risk him on Saturday.
That’s because he then would have needed to let Cheick link up with the International squad, but now the medics and coaches at Newcastle can get him ready for the next game, a big one at Man United.
We are really trying to keep our feet on the ground at the moment, until we see if Newcastle are the real thing this season.
And we think that 3 points in the next three tough games at the two Manchester clubs and at home to Chelsea, will be a good return for the lads, and at least keep us in the top five, until we can play the lesser sides in the Premier League.
Three years ago we would gave been carried away by all this success, but the disaster of relegation has made us all a lot more realistic these days.
Howay The Lads!!