Alan Pardew was extremely pleased following the 1-0 win against QPR yesterday afternoon at St. James’ Park, and handed new manager Mark Hughes his first loss as the new manager of the London side.
Davide Santon in action yesterday against QPR
Newcastle started the game in rather dodgy fashion, and for the first t20 minutes or so were decidedly second best, and QPR had two near misses through Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jay Bothroyd.
Both of their their shots had the ball grazing the woodwork with goalkeeper Tim Krul beaten, but then after 20 minutes Yohan Cabaye was bought down with a terrible tackle by Shaun Derry, earning Derry a yellow card.
Yohan couldn’t continue and he seemed very annoyed as he sat on the ground awaiting medical attention, and after the game it was learned that was because he couldn’t believe that referee Chris Foy hadn’t given Derry a straight red for the tackle.
The good news is that Yohan should be fine for the game on Saturday at Craven Cottage and Fulham – the last side Mark Hughes managed.
Pardew had been worried before the game that QPR may have been revitalized by Hughes, and they were for the first 20 minutes or so, but after Cabaye left the field, Ryan Taylor went into central midfield and Ben Arfa was introduced on the right wing, and both played well.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“I never thought it would be an entertaining spectacle. They got back and defended well. There were errors on the pitch too. Once we got the goal I knew we would win.”
“Leon Best has had a good season but not got the goals he got last year. That will be important to him.” “Can we finish in the top six? “
“Ask me when we get through this period without two great players. We have overcome both hurdles since they went.”
“After Cabaye went off the guys did a good job. It was not entertaining or enthralling.” “The ref did a good job.”
“Hughes’s teams have steel in them and heavy tackles went in on us but the ref got the calls right.” “We are sixth above Liverpool after 21 games.”
“We are there because we deserve to be there. I we can get a couple of wins with our boys off at the ANC when they come back we’ll get an incredible boost.”
“There is money available to me. We will take a player if we think one works for us and the team. I have a tight bunch and I don’t want to upset it.”
Pardew is supposed to have around £8M available if he can find the right players, but the top priority has to be another center-back.
Danny Guthrie had a great game back in central midfield for Newcastle yesterday, and he looked like he had never been away over the last six games.
Guthrie is now starting to look some player for Newcastle playing in the absence of Cheick Tiote, who is off at the African Cup of Nations.
And Leon Best got the job done for Newcastle with an excellent opportunist goal after 37 minutes.
That was Best’s 4th league goal of the season and his first since last September, and it seems Demba Ba, who is at the African Cup Of Nations was pleased with the result, as he watched the game live and then tweeted this after the game:
So glad Senegal won, nufc won, the perfect day! I’m gonna enjoy time off with my family! Good evening every one!!!!!!
Guthrie and young Davide Santon are tied on 24% in our Man of the Match poll with the young Italian looking better with every game he gets under his belt at Newcastle, and at £5M from Inter-Milan the Italian International is now looking a good buy.
We thought Ben Arfa had a terrific game, and as soon as he lost the ball he worked like crazy to get it back, and tracked back to help the defense out too.
Alan Pardew was simply delighted with the Newcastle performance, especially in the second half when Newcastle controlled the game, and they held out rather easily to take all 3 points to go joint 5th with Arsenal and one point above Liverpool.
Things are looking up for Newcastle and a win at Fulham next Saturday and heaven knows where we’ll be in the league table.
Howay The Lads!!