Newcastle made headlines in the NY Times today and around the world too, for winning their 6th league game in a row, and charging up the Premier League table into 4th place and above both Tottenham and Chelsea.
Yohan Cabaye – scored two and made one today
And Newcastle are starting to make believers out of even non-Newcastle fans these days, with a terrific performance this afternoon, when they were so much better than a mediocre Stoke City side – in fact they outclassed the Potters this afternoon.
Alan Pardew was quoted in the NY Times:
“It’s been a great season,” “We targeted the last 10 games and said if we could be in and around it. Now we’ve just got four left and we’ll try and win every one of them.”
And Alan spoke on the Newcastle United web-site after the game and he had this to say:
“It was a very important victory because it puts us on 62 points – a position we would never even have dreamt about with four games left,” “We are in a terrific position, the stadium is full up, 52,000 people absolutely loving it and we are playing some fantastic football.”
“The most important thing now is just to keep it going.” ”There is a great camaraderie in the team, great spirit in the dressing room, and from Mike Ashley down everyone can be proud of the jobs they are doing.”
“That front four – Demba, Cisse, Cabaye and Hatem – are a handful for teams.” ”They put people on the backfoot.” ”Cabaye’s pass for Cisse’s goal was probably better than the two goals. It was extraordinary to hit that and get the weight right.”
“It was a fantastic win for us, it really was.”
Stoke were not able to cope with the accurate and quick passing and the skill of the Newcastle players up front, and they were torn apart with two goals in the first 18 minutes in front of another sell-out crowd of over 52,000 fans at St. James’ Park.
And if Newcastle hadn’t taken their foot off the accelerator in that second half, it could have been an even bigger win for the lads, who were simply magnificent today – and looked a very good and very well drilled side.
Newcastle now have to play Wigan (a), Chelsea (a), Manchester City (h) and Everton away, and as Alan says – the team will try to win every single one of those last four games.
Just think what the Newcastle city center would be like if Newcastle actually do win those last four games – to make it 10 wins in a row – and Newcastle would finish 3rd top of the Premier League.
It would all be unbelievable – but the ways the lads are playing it’s even possible.