A delighted Alan Pardew was full of praise for his players last night, after the lads had won 2-0 and beaten Blackburn for the third time in four meetings this season.
Alan Pardew congratulates goal-scorer Obertan last night
Standing just outside the tunnel of Ewood Park last night after the game, this is what Alan Pardew told nufcTV:
“I felt we were what we’ve been about all year,” ”A good goalie, good defence, resilient and we put our bodies on the line. It was a fantastic clean sheet.”
“Everything comes in your box here at Blackburn. They must have put 60 balls in to our box tonight, and they are not easy to defend.” “So to get a clean sheet is a fantastic achievement.”
“And to get two goals on top of that has put us fifth in the division and above teams like Arsenal and Liverpool – teams who have invested an enormous amount of money over the last four or five years.”
“We are really pleased.” “It was nice for our fans today who had traveled here. Most of them probably went all the way to Brighton and didn’t come back with anything.”
“The difference between today and Brighton was that we got the breaks today. And you need the breaks – a deflected goal and a little bit of luck with the chances that Blackburn had. You need that at times.”
“We got it tonight and perhaps we deserved it.”
Alan also praised the Newcastle fans for their support and said one or two of the players have the opportunity to go out on loan today, but were thinking of staying on Tyneside, because they wanted to help achieve things for Newcastle this season.
Certainly the team spirit in the camp is terrific, and that’s likely to get us more wins over the last 15 games of the season, as we try to qualify for the Europa League next season.
In our Man of the Match poll, Tim Krul leads with 41% of the vote, followed by Coloccini with 29% and James Perch on 13%.