Even in defeat, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was a proud man after the game on Saturday.
Disappointed but very proud – Pardew after the final whistle Saturday
Newcastle went unbeaten in their first eleven league games. but were finally toppled by moneybags Manchester City on Saturday, and the rich owners of the club continue to spend money like it’s going out of style.
But they are also a top side these days, and certainly the best in England on current form, so it was always going to be very tough for our boys at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
But after getting through 11 Premier League games unbeaten, to equal a club record only achieved twice before, Alan Pardew was still a proud man when he talked to the local press this morning:
“To get this far, they’ve been outstanding.” “I said to them, when you play the big teams you need the breaks to go your way, and that didn’t happen for us. We just didn’t have the breaks.”
“Maybe our breaks will come next week against Man United, but you certainly couldn’t fault our effort and our fans.” “It was a brilliant effort.”
“We know we’ve got two really tough games coming up, but we can take belief into the next game.” “When you come up against these sort of players, and you’re a defender, you’re going to have some tough times.”
“All our defenders had some tough times. There were outstanding footballers out on that pitch, but all of them came out with great credit. I couldn’t have asked for much more.”
“If we’d had a break or two here or there, or a refereeing decision had gone our way, it might have been a different scoreline.” “They deserved to win – they’re a very, very strong team.”
Even in defeat it was a good day for Newcastle United, and most neutral fans thought the Magpies were unlucky on the day, and Manchester City look to be a burgeoning juggernaut, having lost only 2 points in their 12 league games so far this season.
But after the game Alan Pardew said all the right things on Sky Sports, and gave credit to the City team, whom he said were a very powerful side, and he was right to say if Demba Ba could have put away just one of those two chances things could have been very different.
And Newcastle didn’t look a million miles away from Manchester City either, but the home side were the better team on the day, to be sure.
And City are now firm favorites to win the Premier League this season, as the pride of the Newcastle club was shown at the end of the game, when the Newcastle fans at the game were still singing their heads off after the final whistle had blown, such is the complete dedication of the Newcastle support for their players and manager.
But the game’s over now, and the only thing that matters now is the next game at Old Trafford, and we’ll have to see if we can get anything out of the game.
The Red Devils are not in the same form as their Manchester neighbors at the moment, so there will be hope our lads can get something out of the game.
That would be great!