Alan Pardew yesterday talked about his team, but said they were not as good as the Entertainers of the 1990s.
Alan Pardew – we work so hard
When Kevin Keegan managed the side from 1992 through 1997, he turned Newcastle into an all-out attacking force, and the team was just great to watch, even though we gave up too many goals at the back.
But as far as entertaining football that Newcastle side are still remembered for serving up entertaining football.
But Alan Pardew is impressed with the way Newcastle have performed over the last two tough away games where the lads picked up one point at Old Trafford last Saturday, and were beaten 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium after putting in a very good performance.
And the point secured last Saturday was even though we went down to 10 men when Jonas Gutierrez was sent off near the end after collecting his second yellow card, and he will miss tomorrow’s game at home to Chelsea.
This is what Alan said:
“You have to be impressed with the two performances we have put in against Man City and United. To be down to ten men at Old Trafford, I cannot say they could have done any more.”
“They have been fantastic.” “The fans might long for the flair of David Ginola, the power of Les Ferdinand and the brilliance of Alan Shearer.”
“We are not that type of team and we are not as good as that team, but we are working as hard as we can, giving every ounce of effort to try and get a result.”
“We have come through two big tests with flying colors.” “Players rightly gain credit for those two performances.
“Now we come to a home game with 52,000 Geordies backing us and that will make a difference.”
Good words from the boss, and with some good buys in the next two transfer windows Newcastle should be even stronger when next season starts in August.
And with Newcastle doing so well in the league, you have to think the lads have a decent chance of somehow qualifying for the Europa Cup next season.
That would be great, but the club would also need a bigger and better squad once we are back in Europe again.
A win is what we are looking for tomorrow against a Chelsea side who could be short on confidence, after losing five of their last nine games.
3 points would keep Newcastle well positioned in 4th place in the league, and the aim has to be to try to stay as high as possible in the league for as long as possible.