Alan Pardew has given a host of interviews after yesterday’s tremendous 2-0 win against Liverpool, and it was certainly a crucial win for Newcastle United, and the team could be back to some of their glory days of old.
Papiss Cisse – congratulated after scoring yesterday
And not only did the lads win, but for the second game in a row, and our third win on the trot, the lads played somewhere near their best.
And although we were without our majestic captain Fabricio Coloccini, the defense was solid and played very well, and in particular Mike Williamson and James Perch played just great in central defense.
And Mike Williamson again almost got his very first goal for the club, when a great header in the second half hit the bottom of Pepe Reina’s left hand post, as Liverpool again showed they are vulnerable when high balls come into the box.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say after the game:
“We talked about how we should approach the game and we said a bit more aggression might not go amiss. They were both aggressive in the right way and they were some outstanding performances.”
“James Perch in particular – some of the blocks were fantastic.” “Perch’s performance was not a surprise for me because he was probably the best player in central midfield against Norwich.”
“And he was one of our better players at left-back against West Bromwich Albion.” “He has that professionalism to do the best he can do, and he’s in good form at the minute.”
That block against Luis Suarez in the second half seemed like a vital block, because it looked like Luis’ shot would have gone in, although Jonas Gutierrez was also covering on the goal-line.
James Perch has now started the last three games – all Newcastle wins, in different positions – and in those games he’s played defensive midfield, left-back and center-back – and he’s played well in every one of those positions, to his immense credit.
With James being so flexible, he’s becoming an important player for the side, and is certainly getting lots of games this year.
James became involved in that nasty moment in the 82nd minute, when he was head-butted by Pepe Reina, out of frustration by the Liverpool goalkeeper, more than anything else.
But he kept himself under control and Alan Pardew didn’t want to get dragged into the discussion on Reina’s actions after the game:
“I don’t really want to delve into it too much,” “If a guy puts his head in your face you’re going to get a reaction.” “We have an assurance about us at the minute and a discipline,”
“Our front four – Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cisse and Demba – caused them a lot of problems.” “Cisse’s all-round performance was probably his best.”
“His hold-up play was great, he gave Jamie Carragher a tough game, let alone the goals.”
Newcastle deserved to take all 3 points yesterday, and now the inquest will go ahead on Liverpool, and there’s talk about if only that one had gone in, and Danny Simpson should have been sent off for hand-ball and it was a penalty – etc etc.
But that kind of talk is what you hear from relegation sides, who keep losing, and they try to justify how and why the should have really won the game.
Liverpool are in a dark place at the moment, with six losses in their last seven league games, but it’s up to their players - and they do have some great players – to knuckle down and get the club out of trouble, and up the league table.
But they have little chance of catching Newcastle, who are 11 points clear on 53 points from 31 games, and we need just 6 points from our last 7 games to have the highest points total since Bobby Robson was at the club in 2003, and we finished 3rd on 69 points.
That was 5 points better than Liverpool, who were in 5th place that season.
Howay The Lads!!