For the first time since Steven Taylor went off injured late in the game against Chelsea on December 3rd, Newcastle were able to play two regular center backs.
A very happy Alan Pardew at the final whistle this afternoon
And manager Alan Pardew pointed out how important that was today at Bolton, as Newcastle went to the Reebok Stadium and got all 3 points with a 2-0 win.
The two classy goals came from Ben Arfa and Demba Ba mid way through the second half, and that was also Newcastle’s second clean sheet in the last three games, and their 6th clean sheet of the season.
The more clean sheets Newcastle can get this season the better off we will be, and it was pleasing today that the defense was steady, and it was more like the Newcastle who went 11 games undefeated at the start of the season.
And our captain, Fabricio Coloccini, gave a commanding display at the back, alongside Mike Williamson this afternoon, and Mike did very very well in his first game back since last August.
Williamson deserves great credit for his steady display today, and after the game he told nufcTV that it was just great to be back helping the side again, after a four month lay-off with his ankle injury.
Alan Pardew was simply delighted with his team today, and the lads showed the team spirit has not been diminished one iota, even after a six game run without a win.
But they put an end to that streak today, and manager Pardew talked after the game to nufcTV:
“We put ourselves under pressure with the West Brom result so it was important that we gave a more disciplined performance and I think we did that,”
“We felt from the last two games that four points would have been really pleasing. We didn’t manage to get anything against West Brom but we got three very valuable ones against Bolton.”
“In the Premier League you don’t want to create pressure for yourselves by having a winless run like we were on. We felt certain things didn’t really go for us in that period but we had round pegs in round holes.”
“Williamson made a big difference to us because he’s a natural centre-half. As much as Bolton threw at us, him and Fabricio Coloccini had the answers.”
In the late game tonight, Aston Villa held Stoke City to a 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium so Newcastle now lie in 7th place in the league, one point behind Liverpool and 5 points ahead of Stoke City who are in 8th position.
Newcastle visit Anfield on Friday evening and that should be a competitive game, with Newcastle having every chance of taking something out of that game, now that we have a decent back four again – and round pegs in round holes.
Howay The Lads!!