Alan Pardew was coming under pressure as Newcastle, after the fantastic start to the season, but with the last six games without a win, the lads were able to fix that today with a solid 2-0 win at Bolton.
Alan Pardew – this was a big win for us
And Alan revealed to Sky Sports that he held a team meeting after the 3-2 West Brom defeat at home last Wednesday, and he talked about what the Newcastle side is good at and what they’re not so good at.
And two well taken goals by Ben Arfa and Demba Ba this afternoon, following excellent wing play by Ryan Taylor and Gabriel Obertan respectively, gave Newcastle a deserved win at the Reebok Stadium this afternoon.
And it gave Bolton their 7th defeat in 8 home league games this season in the league at the Reebok Stadium …. ouch.
This is what a delighted Alan Pardew told Sky Sports after the game today:
“We had an important meeting this week and had a chat about what we’re good at and what we’re not good at.” “You’ve got to understand your weaknesses as a team.”
“We exposed our weaknesses against West Brom the other night. Tonight we’ve shown our strengths.” “It was about getting back to a few things we’re good at this week as a team.”
“And that’s what we’ve always been about. We’re a strong unit in that dressing room and we showed that today. We were really under a little bit of a pressure to get that win.”
“And we didn’t chase it – we were a lot more controlled. It was a brilliant day for us.” “We’ve come here today with round pegs in round holes – and that’s important.”
“We haven’t really had our two centre-halves fit for a while and it showed today.” “Williamson came back and we looked a lot stronger. We looked a lot more like our old selves.”
“It was just a question for me if we could open the door. And it took a sub in a cameo role to come and do that.” “I was pleased for Ben Arfa – he’s been out for a long time with injury.”
“It was great that he got the goal.”
Mike Williamson came back today, and although the defense wasn’t troubled too much, Mike nevertheless put in a good and solid shift, and he certainly made the Newcastle defense look a lot better today.
Mike will also be a lot better for the game today, and since there were no reported injuries, Pardew will be able to play a good side at Anfield on Friday night and who knows, we could even get something out of the game.
If Newcastle win on Friday it will put us two points clear of Liverpool, and into 6th place in the league table.
When Alan talked to nufTV after the game he said he was so happy for the 5,000 fans who had made the journey to the Reebok Stadium, and were singing their heads off after the final whistle.
An obviously delighted Alan Pardew said it was a very important win today, and he reminded the interviewer that Newcastle were after all – a big club. 😀
Howay The Lads!!