Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has praised the character of his Newcastle squad tonight.
Alan Pardew after win – does he look happy or does he look happy?
Although Newcastle were outplayed in the first half at Ewood Park, the lads held on manfully and took an early lead when a right foot shot by Ryan Taylor was deflected by Scott Dan into his own net.
Ryan had been set up by Jonas Gutierrez, and then in injury time Gabriel Obertan ran from the half way line, as he was clean though and placed the ball past a helpless Robinson to make it 2-0, before acknowledging the Newcastle fans.
Blackburn only had themselves to blame in that first half as they missed chance after chance, but Newcastle were a lot more solid and organized in the second half.
Newcastle were without French International Yohan Cabaye, who was banned for three games by the FA earlier on Wednesday, for violent conduct, and Demba Ba, Papiss Cisee and Cheick Tiote were also missing.
This is what Alan told Sky Sports after the game:
“We had a bit of criticism about the Brighton game and we lost Cabaye, the two Senegal boys couldn’t make it, and we still won.”
“Great credit to the players and particularly to James Perch. I left him out even though he was excellent at Brighton.”
“But he came into the midfield for the second half and we looked a lot stronger in there.” “We’ve got such resolve in the squad.”
“To get a win on the back of Brighton was brilliant and we can look forward now to the end of the season.” “We’ve got a tremendous opportunity that we want to try and take.”
“We’ve gone up to fifth tonight – it’s an outstanding achievement from this football club.”
The 3 points took Newcastle one point above Liverpool and two points above Arsenal and into 5th place in the Premier League.
Next up for the Magpies is Aston Villa at St. James’ Park in the early game on Sunday afternoon, and Newcastle will have both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse available for that game.
A win on Sunday, hopefully in front of another sell-out crowd, and we could even catch Chelsea – at least on points.
It was an excellent win for the lads tonight, and a gutsy performance when the defense was under great pressure for long stretches, but the lads managed to get their 9th clean sheet of the season.
It was also the fifth clean sheet in the last eight league games, which is not too bad at all.