It was another terrific result for Newcastle this afternoon at The Hawthorns, and the lads played so much better than in the 1-0 win against Norwich last weekend.
Papiss Cisee – after scoring first goal after just 5 minutes
And it’s hardly surprising that Alan Pardew has come out and praised his players after the game, as Newcastle ripped apart the West Brom defense in that first half, with three goals and some delightful fast counter-attacking football.
Newcastle are now level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea on 50 points, and that’s the first time Newcastle have reached that total since the 2005-2006 season, when we got 58 points to finish in 7th place and qualify for Europe.
Papiss Cisse notched a brace for Newcastle today, as the mercurial Frenchman, Hatem Ben Arfa, laid them on for him, and in between the French International helped himself to another great goal – his 5th of the season.
That was Newcastle’s 14th win of the season in 30 games – not too bad at all, and the lads are now a full 8 points clear of Liverpool, who we play next Sunday at St. James’ Park.
This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:
“I just thought we had a real good control of our passing today and our movement was terrific.”
“We tried to work down the sides of Youssouf Mulumbu because he protects the center of the pitch really well and that worked well for us.”
“But you need outstanding players to win games here and our best player stepped forward today – Hatem Ben Arfa was really, really difficult to play against, some of his runs were incredible.”
“And Demba Ba and Papiss are going to score goals and I kept saying to the staff, ‘we’re going to get three goals in a game shortly because we’ve got so many goalscorers’, and today it came.”
“We’ve just got a really good bunch who are trying so hard. To have the same points as Chelsea at this stage is phenomenal, really.”
“And you have to take your hats off to the players – they’ve worked really, really hard.”
Newcastle face Liverpool next Sunday in what will be a sold-out St. James’ Park, but we will be without our captain Fab Coloccini, who is out around three weeks with a hamstring strain he picked up in the first half.
And we still don’t know how bad Papiss Cisse is hurt, but we are hoping it’s just a bad case of cramp – fingers crossed – although he was carried off on a stretcher.
Update: Alan Pardew said after the game to nufcTV that Cisse got cramp and he should be fine for Liverpool next Sunday.
The lads were great today and that’s two great results on the bounce.
Now we have to make that three against Liverpool.