We are really starting to warm to Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew - what a start to his Newcastle career
As a case in point, immediately after the Old Trafford game he was interviewed by the media, and was asked if Newcastle were lucky to get a point against the reigning Premier League Champions, and he gave a short and shrift initial response:
“Forget about the result – my players were heroes out there today.”
And of course Alan was right, and the Newcastle team were all heroes in that last 20 minutes or so, when 75,000 fans and the media at the game, were all hoping and expecting the winning goal from the Red Devils, but it didn’t come.
And just to make it interesting Newcastle let in what looked like a goal from Hernandez, with 30 seconds remaining, but of course it was offside, miles offside, well it was offside anyway.
My inside information is that the Newcastle game plan went just great, and the only thing that didn’t happen is that Newcastle couldn’t get that winner with 10 seconds to go in the game, that’s the only thing our lads didn’t accomplish on Saturday afternoon.
Two points dropped?
But seriously, Newcastle do not get the respect that some of their results have warranted this season, but that’s okay.
All Newcastle have to do is to keep getting the results and that respect will come, as quite a few people may still be wondering whether Newcastle’s good form is just a flash in the pan.
Alan Pardew and the players will be looking forward to hosting Chelsea in the early kick off game on Saturday, and Alan thinks Chelsea will not be looking forward to playing in front of a sell-out 52,000 screaming mad Geordies:
“We’ve set up ourselves up for Chelsea.” “We have one of the big clubs coming to us and they will be fearing coming to us in front of 52,000 Geordies.”
“They will make a difference. They loved it at Old Trafford and they enjoyed themselves – so now they will be looking ahead to this game.”
“It’s not easy to go to Man U and win. Getting a point is magnificent.” “The attitude we had to the game was positive and we tried to go there and win.”
“It was only when we went down to 10 men that we felt under pressure.” “I don’t think we allowed them to create any pressure in the first half.” “We were fabulous.”
“We were kicking towards the Stretford End and tried to unsettle them by giving them problems – and we did.” “I thought we were terrific.”
“The second half saw us concede a poor goal and from that moment it turned into an eventful game.”
Alan Pardew has done almost a miraculous job at Newcastle since he arrived under negative circumstances last December, and he will be hoping that the fantastic Newcastle crowd can roar their team onto victory on Saturday.
I cannot think of anything better at 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, than Newcastle having just beaten Chelsea and guaranteed 4th position in the league table, whatever happens in the remaining weekend’s games.
If Newcastle can get 3 points against Chelsea, then we’ll be 4 points clear of the former PL Champions.
Not too bad a position to be in for early December.
Howay the lads – we can do it!