The Newcastle fans were out in force on Saturday afternoon as over 50,600 turned out at St.James’ Park to witness the win against Everton.
Alan Pardew – looking exasperated during Saturday’s game
Alan Pardew seems like he just cannot believe his luck to not only be the Newcastle manager, but to laso have the side in the highest position they’ve held in the Premier League since the heady days of the great Bobby Robson.
You have to remember that after having some managerial success at West Ham United, Alan was sacked by both Charlton Athletic and Southampton, so to have Newcastle where they are now in the Premier League is a little more than remarkable.
Alan was savvy enough to try to orchestrate the crowd during some dodgy moments on Saturday, when he seemed to be completely engaged in the tough game that Everton gave the Magpies:
“The atmosphere during a couple of periods of that game was brilliant,”
“You ain’t going to get that anywhere else. When there seemed a bit of anxiety in the ground, which was understandable as we were slashing a couple of clearances.”
“It does affect players but I managed to calm the fans down, to get them all singing, all cheering again.” “Staying unbeaten is a great achievement but it’s happened because everybody working here believes in each other,”
“All my players, all my staff at the training ground trust each other. That belief is brilliant; we’re very proud.”
Most Newcastle fans have been waiting for the bubble to burst, and maybe that will com e up in the next game at Manchester City, against the side that looks the very best at the moment in the Premier League, and are still 5 points clear of second placed Manchester United.
The suspicion is that such nirvana cannot endure, especially with games against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea impending, but the manager was not minded to spoil the mood.
Taylor, having surprised even his manager by impressing out of position at left-back this season, is emblematic of Newcastle’s unlikely rise to third in the table.
“Someone as good as José Enrique is very difficult to replace,” “We searched high and low for a new left?back and, to be honest, although we know Davide Santon is going to be a very, very good player we didn’t really find what we were looking for.”
“Davide was bought to play left-back but Ryan has kicked on. He’s improved his defending and we now know there’s not many better full-backs. He’s a lovely lad too, very low maintenance.”
It’s a remarkable story for Ryan Taylor, who is in the team on merit and has buckled down so well to make the left back spot his own.
And that goal he scored, which was his 3rd this season for Newcastle and his 9th goals for Newcastle since he signed from Wigan in January, 2009, was another thunderbolt, and a good enough goal to win any game.
Ryan dedicated the special goal to a special boy, his six week old son Henry, but no news on what the baby thought of the goal, as he was there at the match with his mother Kim, the beautiful young wife of the Liverpudlian.
If Ryan keeps up the form he has shown so far this season, Newcastle will need to offer him an extension to his contract which runs out in the summer of 2013.