It wasn’t a great performance yesterday from Newcastle, but we’re certainly not complaining, as the lads got a great 3 points against QPR, in a game we were expected to win.
Alan Pardew shakes hands with Mark Hughes before the game yesterday
Good luck but not too much of it
That’s 4 points the lads have taken off newly promoted QPR this season, without conceding a goal, and that’s very good.
And we are now in the high position of being 6th in the league table, with the same points total as Arsenal and one point more than Liverpool, so we are not complaining about the performance yesterday or how we got all 3 points.
The last time Newcastle played in the league against Manchester United 12 days ago, the lads gave about their best performance for a long long time, and in front of a worldwide TV audience and a sell-out Geordie crowd of over 52,000.
And Newcastle got great headlines around the world for that superb 3-0 win, when we tore the Red Devils apart – well kind of. 😀
Alan Pardew is not trying to say it was a great game for the fans to watch yesterday, but we understand the lads cannot be brilliant in every single game, and no other team is either.
Newcastle fans were delighted when the final whistle went yesterday, and although Newcastle couldn’t get that second goal that would have killed the game off, it was Newcastle’s 4th clean sheet in the last six Premier League games and that’s not too bad at all.
Newcastle now have eight clean sheets in the league this season and we had nine in all of last season.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local Tyneside press today:
“Listen, we’re never going to have a champagne performance week-in, week-out. We had the champagne against Man United.”
“It was more like a flat beer, but we won, which was the important thing. As a spectacle, it was hard to watch.”
We will have to wait and see if Yohan Cabaye’s ankle will be OK for the game at Fulham on Saturday, but the initial prognosis seems to be be good, and hopefully the Frenchman has every hope of being ready for the next important game.
And the Frenchman who replaced Yohan yesterday – Ben Arfa – had another good game for Newcastle, and is starting to look like his old self, and he certainly entertains the crowd with his great skills.
Alan Pardew has been full of praise for Ben Arfa since yeasterday’s game:
“Hatem came on the pitch after the injury to Cabaye and gave us the flair and work rate we’ve been asking.
“In the last two games he’s put himself in a great position. He made a big difference, and I’m pleased with that.”
“To be honest, I was going to change it in any case with Cabaye on the pitch.” “I just felt we were losing that midfield area.” “When you’ve got a team like QPR, sometimes you just need that extra body in there to get the ball and play.”
“Jonas got free, and we just created enough to get the goal from Bestie, who I was so pleased for.” “In the second half we didn’t really open the game up. We kept it tight, and got the win.”
“We have to be happy.”
Newcastle looked a good side after the first 20 minutes, and they should have every chance of getting something out of the game at Craven Cottage this Saturday.
But Fulham were an embarrassment at Blackburn on Saturday, as they played against 10 men for all but 22 minutes of the game, after Yakubu Aiyegbeni – Yakubu – was sent off – but Blackburn to their immense credit still won 3-1 for only their 4th win of the season in the league.
The red card means that Yakubu will miss the game against Newcastle in three weeks time at Ewood Park on February 4th.
Manager Martin Jol will want a much better performance out of his team this coming Saturday, and we expect another tough game at Fulham, and the game is again being televised live around the world.
Another three points could see Newcastle in 5th place in the league come Saturday evening.