The work that Alan Pardew has done all season with the Newcastle defense is playing off with lots of points – so far.
A happy Alan Pardew on Saturday
In another resilient display of defending in the second half, Newcastle blanked Everton and so came away with the 2-1 victory that propelled Newcastle briefly up to second place in the league immediately after the game.
But one thing that hasn’t worked for us recently is the number of injuries that Newcastle are beginning to pick up.
Injuries on Saturday to Yohan Cabaye, Leon Best and Sylvain Marveaux make all three players doubtful for the next game at Manchester City on November 19th.
The 50 year-old Newcastle manager, whose star is starting to rocket upwards on Tyneside, had this to say to the local press today:
“We had the record within our sights.” “But we also had a lot of disruption – the injuries really affected our rhythm, with different players coming on with different styles.”
“It was difficult for the team to harness those styles when you haven’t worked on them.” “Losing Cabaye was very difficult for us, as he’s been very influential. We still did absolutely terrific.”
“The goal before half-time changed the game. At 2-0, we were absolutely brilliant for about 15 minutes.”
“We worked so hard – they never had a sniff – and we could have got a third. It would have been a very different game, but at 2-1, it was difficult.”
“The resilience of our defending was outstanding.”
After Newcastle went 2-0 up through a gift packaged own goal from Heitinger, and a wonder strike from that man Ryan Taylor, Everton were a little bit unlucky not to score, as they woke up from their dreams.
Louis Saha hit the post, but Alan Pardew is right when he says the game changed when Everton scored their first goal just seconds before the first half ended.
And that for once, could have been a lack of concentration by our defense, as Jack Rodwell scored the goal with a crisp header, when he beat Danny Simpson to the ball all too easily at the near post.
Jack had a good game, especially in the second half, and the 20 year-old has been called into the full England squad for their upcoming friendly games against Spain and Sweden at Wembley, and it’s interesting that Andy Carroll has been left out of the squad altogether this time.
Newcastle had some luck on Saturday, but you also have to give the lads enormous credit once again for the resilience of this team, as they may bend under pressure but they never break.
Not yet anyway.