Newcastle stretched their winning streak to six games – and that’s the first time that has been done since back in 1996, when Kevin Keegan was managing the Entertainers.
Yohan Cabaye – after scoring his first goal yesterday
It’s been a stunning six games for the Magpies in which they have scored 13 goals and only conceded one, and you could see how good our lads can play, by the way they dismantled Stoke and scored two goals in four minutes in the first half, once they had worked Stoke City out.
And those two goals were great to watch too with Ben Arfa creating the first one with some mercurial skills on display again, as he skipped past Marc Wilson and got the cross in down the left wing, for Papiss Cisse to head against the cross-bar – before Yohan Cabaye headed in the first of his two goals.
Cisse then showed just how fast he is when there’s a chance, and a magnificent through ball by Cabaye – how many players could have made that pass – and Papiss was on it like a flash and had the ball in the back of the net with his left foot.
Obviously his hair-cut last week made him even lighter, and he looked even quicker yesterday.
The Magpies eased off in the second half, but not before Cabaye got his second goal with a great shot from the edge of the box, and then Alan Pardew took him off and the hard working James Perch came on, but James again played his part – as he has all this year.
But it was truly a great display by Newcastle yesterday, and it’s hard not to over-emphasize the lads are getting the results when it really matters.
Alan Pardew feels there is something special going on at Newcastle:
“That is a big, big achievement by us, make no mistake. I am pretty sure Liverpool can’t catch us and to finish above them, regardless of their cup exploits, is still outstanding.”
“Whatever we do now, it’s an outstanding season. But of course, we haven’t lost sight of what the city hasn’t lost sight of.”
“You can feel it in the crowd, you can feel it in the city, that there’s a chance for us to do something really special, and we will go to Wigan and try to achieve that.”
But yesterday were the days that Newcastle fans live for – after we had gone through the terrible relegation of the club a short three years ago – and to see Newcastle getting headlines literally around the world for the way they have surged up the league table with their six wins, is something we could only have dreamed of last summer.
But it’s not over yet and there are four games to go – and Mr. Perfectionist - the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew - will ensure the lads take as many of the 12 points remaining, as possible.
The goal has to be another four wins on the trot against Wigan, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton.
Wherever we end up in the league this has been a stunningly successful season for the Newcastle club.
Long may it continue!
Howay The Lads!!