Alan Pardew revealed at his press conference for the Arsenal game this week that his players were upbeat in training.
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And the Newcastle manager believes this was because the lads have put the Sunderland game behind them, and that was always going to be a potential banana skin, and Pardew was pleased Newcastle came out of the game with a draw, and not a defeat.
A defeat would have been almost impossible to take, and could have affected Newcastle’s run in over the final 11 games of the season.
This is what Alan said:
“For us, it feels like a little bit of weight has come off our shoulders, particularly for the players,” “That game had the ingredients to upset our season, and we all realised that.”
“If Sunderland had beaten us at home then it would have been difficult to say we have had a great season.” “But we managed to come back in outstanding fashion and now we can just go on in the last 11 games and play with a smile on our faces.”
“Our mood is a lot lighter this week and we are looking forward to Arsenal.”
As well as coming back in that second half, Newcastle also bossed the game in that final 45 minutes and that bodes well for the run-in to the end of the season, which could even see Newcastle back in Europe next season.
Of course our next game is not something we really expect to get to much out of, but it will provide a good test for the lads to show just how good they are against one of the top sides in England on current form.
We’ll take a draw on Monday night, but most of all we want to see a good fighting performance from Newcastle in London on Monday night.