Newcastle seem to be in dreamland at the moment, and it seems they can do nothing wrong.
Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis before the game on Saturday
After six wins in a row, if we can keep up our good form at Wigan on Saturday, there seems now reason why we cannot extend that win streak to seven games.
But the important thing is for the player to keep their laser-like focus they have displayed while they’ve been on their best winning streak since 1996, when Kevin Keegan was managing the Entertainers.
This is what Alan Pardew – getting to be a hero on Tyneside - said to the local press today:
“From where we were, it’s a great achievement by everybody at the club, from Mike Ashley down.” “We now continue on that road.”
“You want to lift the city.” “We’ve managed to do that and the city is on fire at the moment in terms of belief at the club.”
“Sometimes those tough games are when you find your team focus. It’s easy to lose focus. We didn’t do that against Stoke.”
“I was really pleased with that and I thought we stayed strong mentally.” “There was a little period where we lost our way a bit but other than that, we were strong.”
And since this is the best winning run since Newcastle were known as the Entertainers in the 1995-1996 season, and were one of the most popular sides in England, if not in Europe, it’s natural to try to compare the two sides.
But Alan Pardew knows that comparison is a difficult one, as he continued:
“It isn’t easy.” “But these guys are making names for themselves in the same manner that some of those guys did, such as David Ginola.”
“Ben Arfa, Demba, Cabaye and Cisse are what Newcastle fans love – flair players.” “That four were irrepressible.”“It was a great electric start in terms of the crowd with another full house.” “We’ve put a buzz in this city, but they’re putting a buzz in us.”
The Newcastle crowd - there were 52,162 at the game on Saturday, were again magnificent in their support of the Newcastle side.
And it helped to be 2-0 up after just 18 minutes, with what were two superb goals, with Ben Arfa’s magic making the first one, that eventually Yohan Cabaye headed in after 14 minutes.
And the second goal came from a wonderful through ball from Cabaye, which was dispatched into the net in brilliant style by Papiss Cisse, for his 11th goal in just ten games for Newcastle in the number 9 shirt.
Yohan Cabaye finished off Stoke with a first time right footed shot from the edge of the penalty area to make it 3-0 after 57 minutes, and he was easily our Man of the Match with 79% of the vote, and that was probably his best game ever for Newcastle.
To have the lads playing great is really something, but to have them playing like this when other sides like Tottenham, Arsenal and even Manchester United, seem to be struggling under the pressure – is even better.
The lads just have to keep it going for another four games.