Alan Pardew – I Am Very Very Proud Of My Players

An upbeat and delighted Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was just  very proud of his players after the game at Old Trafford  yesterday.

Alan Pardew  at Old Trafford yesterday

Newcastle came away with an unlikely point, after putting up a rearguard action that was simply magnificent to behold from a Newcastle perspective,  but absolutely frustrating from a Manchester United viewpoint.

Star man was 23 year-old Duitch goalkeeper Tim Krul,  who looks to be our Man of the Match with 70% of the vote, with over 900 votes cast so far, and that has to be Tim’s best ever game between the posts for Newcastle.

Tim must have made at least six fantastic saves and stood tall in those final 20 minutes,  when Manchester United simply bombarded  the Newcastle goal, but couldn’t score the winner, and Newcastle were down to 10 men.

Alan was interviewed by nufcTV  immediately after the game, and the proud Londoner had this to say about his side:

“It was a fabulous game,” “I thought in the first half we had a really positive attitude, we stood on Man Utd toe to toe, and I thought we were the better side if I’m honest.”

“Their goal rocked us a little bit and I thought the second half became so eventful, with so much going on.”  “But at 1-0 down we forced a little bit of pressure.”

“We had a few corners, a bit going on, and caught them napping a little bit. Then we got a penalty, so a little bit of pressure forced a mistake.”  “Demba dispatched it brilliantly.”

“You had to be here to understand the pressure he was under, so he was cool as a cucumber and it was a great finish.” “Then we lose Jonas and I felt sorry for him because I didn’t think it warranted a sending off if I’m honest.”

“But with the nature of the stadium and everything, it was going to happen.”  “The last 10 or 12 minutes were just Geordie heroes out there.”  “I am very, very proud of the players and they can be very proud of themselves.”

“We worked hard, had a positive outlook and didn’t just sit back. It was only really that last period when we had any pressure on us,”  “They are a fabulous team, with fabulous players and they are going to create chances, which they did but we coped with it.”

“Our goalie – the last port of call – he had to make three or four big saves today and I was comfortable that we would do the right things, and we did.”

“They got a couple of headers in that I would have liked us to do better on, but we did brilliantly on the pull-backs, our positional play, our clearances and putting ourselves in the line of fire.”

It was heart pounding stuff for any Newcastle fan watching this game yesterday, but when the final whistle was blown, the players and Alan Pardew went over tho the Newcastle fans at the ground, and the fans went wild.

Of course this is not the first time we’ve seen a fantastic rearguard action from the defense, which is still unchanged in the league this  season, and will again line up against Chelsea at St. James’ Park in the early kick-off game next  Saturday,  in front of a sell-out crowd.

But the lads will need to do better in midfield and try to keep the ball more, and hopefully Cheick Tiote can return for that game.

And the goal for next Saturday has to be to take all 3 points from Chelsea,  who are one place and one point behind Newcastle in the league after their easy 3-0  win at home to a poor Wolves side yesterday.

And did I mention that Sunderland  were  beaten 2-1 at home by the bottom of the league side Wigan Athletic  yesterday?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    We are 4th in the table and we are very proud of our players as well. Our spine across the middle are truly world class. They must be the backbone in our progress.

    Its pointless if we keep selling them for insane money but taking a gamble in the replacement. We are 4th in the table. How about we keep the spine, hold on to them and built on.

    I don’t want Tiote to be sold even if its ridiculous money. We need to move forward. We are 4th. No reason to sell them.

  • davybtoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    theres only one alan pardew one alan pardew walking along singing a song walking in a pardew wonderland
    bout time this started getting sung at the match

  • davybtoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    really dont see anyone getting sold unless it is andy carroll type money, id like to think ashly will see europe is in sight n back the managercoming ashly prove the fans u do care n want success

  • davybtoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    journos on sunday supplement saying krul best keeper in prem league

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    RT @tomwfootball: L’Equipe: Newcastle have watched Olivier Giroud in every Montpellier game this season. His hat-trick yesterday made him top Ligue 1 scorer.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6
  • will die for the toon army

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7

    We played well yesterday but I still think R. Taylor is our weak link we need some one there who can stand by himself he needs to be helped to much.

    Not sure abt Santon throw him but R. Taylor is on form but still stays an average player. He is dragging the team.

  • Stuart

    Nov 27, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    I hate that we’re talking about January already!

    I’d like to think that the fact the £35m and tv rights etc etc have gone into the team, but havent been spent on transfer fees, or at least not significantly, surely we’re in the financial position to refuse bids for our tiotes, kruls etc.

    Constantly selling our star players and replacing them is not going to work consistantly every time, we’re always going to get a dud somewhere down the line who never lives up to their potential.

    Although all of what I just said is pointless as when MA see’s money he gets pound signs in his eyes and goes deaf to everything else haha!

  • hotdog

    Nov 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    How many of you lads and lasses actually watched the whole game yesterday, we were battered. We constantly gave the ball away and were totally outclassed, on chances 13-2!! However they did have a full strength team out and tiote is a massive miss for us. Pardew is keeping postive and fair play to him even though his nose was growing on interviews yesterday. The plusses are that the score will give the lads confidence going into Chelski and its another point keeping us up the table. Ooh aye and the mackems got beat in the last minute, Steve Bruce is a cracking fella, give him a knighhood 🙂

  • bills-son

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Stuart – there you go again eh …

    You say whenever Ashley sees money he gets pounds signs in his eyes and cashes in. What utter nonsense.

    Ashley loves a BARGAIN both when he sells and when he buys. Thats why when we sold Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and got shot of Barton we ended up with a better team, better spirit, better football and money in the bank to buy some more bargains and strengthen the team even further.

    This club is going forwards not backwards for the first time in years. With more signings, more experience for the new players and youngsters we will be even BETTER next season. Under Pardew and Ashley we are heading for becoming a side that can challenge for the top 6 season in season out and in with a shout of a trophy.

    Ashley is the best thing to happen to NUFC since Sir Bobby.

  • beefman13

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    bills-son alot of fans are not going to agree with you saying MA is the best thing since sir bobby but i fully agree he has to make desisions that can really hurt when you first hear them, but in big business he will do whatever necessary to protect his investment,and lets all not forget he put his money down and he will run it the way he wants, at times we may get a bit miffed but we always seem to come up smelling of roses, the fella has the midas touch, we have been run the other way hall shepherd and time and time again got let down by so called trophy players plus everything was on thnever never so we were in huge debt and ready for administration, lets not forget the 45 million payment that MA made when he arrived to pay of a debt that had to be paid there and then, no banks were going to loan us any more, john hall did not want to pay it out of his own pocket so touted the club MA bought it and did not do due dilligence as we all know but he will get all his bit back when he eventually sells, cos at the minute he has taken nothing out of the club and it would be counter productive to do so, folk will no doubt always hate him but for me he has saved our club and will turn it in to a regular top6 team the strategy he imploys is reaping dividends and i love this way of doing business, he put themoney down as i said he makes the massive desisions end of, we have to deal with them but when it comes to finane there are not to many better than this fella in charge and it benefits him but it will benefit us also.

  • danmcclew

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Can I please just hold my hands up and just congratulate Alan Pardew on the fantastic job he is doing.

    I was one of those who wrote him off from the start. I was furious when he was appointed and believed him to be a total muppet who talked absolute garbage.

    Under incredible circumstanaces (Carroll/Enrique/Barton being sold…Having to flack from the fans for ashleys actions etc etc) I feel he has proven to be a confident and astute young manager who can take the club to great heights. He is great when interviewed and shows real intelligence towards the game.

    We may just have grabbed a manager who is capable of acheiving what all Newcastle United supporters want.

    Hope I havn’t jinxed him, but I feel he has already proven his worth at the club.

  • tooninspain

    Nov 27, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Hotdog……I watched the whole game and we were anything but “battered”. We were the better team in the first half, our main weakness being down the left side where Raylor struggled. SAF obviously had words to say at half-time, and Manure upped the tempo…..what else do you expect, as they were the home side! What destroyed us was Jonas’s sending off. It was all hands to the pump after that. Your statistics would have looked totally different if we’d finished the game with 11 men.

  • Premiership Manager

    Nov 27, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #14

    I think 1-1 could have very easily been 3-1 however given that we held on with 10 men is testament to the work rate and never say die attitude of the players.

    I remember when we totally out played and dominated MU when Keegan was in charge peppering the goal from every angle, how MU held on I’ll never know and then Cantona scored totally against the run of play to give MU a totally undeserved win but that’s football and something Alex Ferguson should remember.

    My fear in the transfer window isn’t Collo or Tiote going as they can be replaced. Collo has 2-3 good years max and although Tiote has much longer we’d get a very good price for him. If Krull or Steven Taylor went it would be a travesty. Peopel forget how young Taylor was when he was thrown into the first team and at 25 he is approaching his peak. Krull is growing in stature every match he plays and reminds me very much of Van Der Sar who as we all know is one of the best keepers to have graced the Premiership. No doubt Alex Ferguson will be keeping tabs as I think we have a better keeper than MU.

    It’s good time for us and we are moving in the right direction despite what some may say about Ashley. With the right signings in January Europe could be a reality however the African Nations could cause us several problems if Ba and Tiote are out or get injured. Lets just hope any January signings are as good as those so far.

    On another note my heart goes out to Gary Speed’s family and friends many who are still involved with the club. A fantastic player and model professional. RIP


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