Alan Pardew talked to nufcTV after the game, and he seemed delighted to take all 3 points against Norwich City.
Alan Pardew – on the touchline this afternoon
Having been on a bit of a barren spell with only two home points out of our last four games, it was great to get back to our winning ways.
But it was hardly an easy game against a very good Norwich side, who play some very good football, and they were the better side in that tough second half.
But Newcastle hung on well, when it was obvious the lads were nowhere near their best form, and to get 3 points was a a terrific achievement for Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew told nufcTV after the game:
“It was a strange game because Norwich had a good grip on it, especially in possession, but we always looked like we were going to get goals.”
“But we couldn’t do what we did against Wolves and give them a way back. In the second half we made sure that they didn’t come back – we sacrificed a couple of flair players, which is something I don’t really like to do.”
“We are a bit nervous at the minute, confidence isn’t high, we are not operating on all cylinders – I think that was evident. But the job for that squad was to win, and we managed to do it.”
Pardew’s team selection was a little strange to say the least, with Jonas Gutierrez at left back, although he did play at full back for Argentina in the last World Cup in South Africa.
James Perch was in defensive midfield, and Yohan Cabaye was wide on the left wing, and the only one that really worked in our opinion was James Perch, who had another solid game in defensive midfield.
And James looks to be walking away with our Man of the Match Award with 41% of the vote on our home page.
Alan Pardew believes his weird selection turned out to be fully justified:
“I felt the way Norwich play, our full-backs would get a lot of possession and Jonas’ left-foot coming from deeper might be valuable.”
“It created the goal, so that’s a good thing.” “Perchy was brilliant, and that’s what he’s all about. That tackle he did in the first four minutes set the tone.”
“But my man of the match today was Cabaye. He played left-midfield, right-midfield, sitting midfield player, attacking midfield player and did them all very, very well.”
“It’s brilliant to have a player like that.” “This was a game for the squad, with eight senior players missing. It was almost a crisis for us, so a win for the squad.”
It’s true that Yohan played all over the place this afternoon, and he was always in the game.
But we have to hope the week’s rest before our next game at West Brom next Sunday afternoon, can at least get Cheick Tiote back and ready to go, and give some our players a good rest.
Even if Newcastle had played at their very best this afternoon, we would have captured no more points than we ended up with this afternoon, so it’s always good to get all 3 points when you are not at your best.
Howay The Lads!!