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?