Alan Pardew seems to just love these big games at St. James’ Park like last night, when the crowd is at its capacity, and the Geordie fans are singing their heads off from the very first whistle.
Yohan Cabaye scored Newcastle’s second goal just after half time
It was a big big night for Newcastle fans everywhere, as Newcastle beat Manchester United 3-0 with two wonderful goals from Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye.
Phil Jones added an own goal right at the end, just to make the score-line look that much better.
And it was the first time in 10 years and only the fourth time in the last 36 games that Newcastle have beaten Manchester United.
And before I go too far we must compliment the ground staff, because the St. James’ Park pitch looked absolutely superb, and it’s still early January.
That’s so very different from the the 1970s and 1980s, when the pitch was rolled down, flattened mud at this time of year.
Compliments to the Newcastle ground staff – the pitch was superb.
And talking about superb, this was Newcastle’s best performance of the season, and it has to be Newcastle best result of the season too – so far.
And it was almost the biggest crowd of the season too, but it was 6 short of the crowd against Chelsea.
It was a stunning victory by Newcastle in every sense of the word, and if people had doubts about how good Newcastle were for the first 11 games of the season, they could see last night we have a really good side.
When we are able to have our strongest side out – as Alan Pardew has repeatedly said – the lads are a match for any side.
And the truth was they were more than a match for the Red Devils last night, as our lads ran the Manchester United players off the pitch.
This is what a simply delighted Alan Pardew said after the game:
“We knew that Rio Ferdinand would play tonight, so we knew it Manchester United’s defence wasn’t going to be perhaps as weak as it was at Blackburn,”
“But we just felt that we had a nice mixture to our game tonight. We put it in the box and were aggressive and we got the reward for that, but we also played some really decent stuff.”
“We were brave at times tonight. We pushed on to them.” “In the second half, it was important that we didn’t sit off Manchester United. We did for a bout a four-minute spell and they had a couple of good chances.”
“Other than that, we stayed on top of them and never let them play.” “We were aggressive all night and with that, we got a great victory.” “The players deserve a lot of plaudits tonight because they have put in some fantastic performances,”
“You could highlight one or two that were exceptional, but as the team manager, I am just proud of all of them.”
“My job is to make sure we don’t get too carried away with that pat on the back because we have got a game in a couple of days’ time which is very important to us.”
We just could’t believe the energy expended by this Newcastle side, and they have to be one of the fittest sides in England, as they ran and closed down Manchester United all night.
The game was shown live around the world and you can bet your life that Newcastle will have gained some admirers and even fans last night foe the magnificent fare they produced for packed St. James’ Park.
And even at the end of the game Alex Ferguson had to admit Newcastle scored two fantastic goals, and they they had played very well.
The lads will need to come down to earth for Saturday’s game against Blackburn in then 3rd round of the FA Cup, and on the evidence of last night, Newcastle can beat any team in the land with their best side out, and we must now go on a good FA Cup run this year.
We need a win on Saturday afternoon once again, but all credit to the Newcastle lads last night for doing us proud.
Howay The Lads!!