It’s true that Newcastle’s Champions League qualification was impacted by our defeat at Wigan on Saturday.
Pardew – we apologize for that bad 45 minutes
But the lads had won six game sin a row, in the most difficult league in the world, and an end to that winning run had to come sometime.
That it came against a relegation team was surprising, but let’s give credit to Wigan – they were tremendous – especially in that first half – and would have taken many a team apart, as they did Newcastle.
And Tottenham got back to their winning ways yesterday, with a 2-0 win against a listless Blackburn side, and Chelsea ripped apart QPR 6-1.
Newcastle meet Chelsea on Wednesday night, and the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, had this to say to Sky Sports this afternoon:
“Although we are a point above Chelsea, we are certainly the outsiders,” “But Wednesday night is a key night I think.”
“Tottenham have to go to Bolton and we play Chelsea, and it might be just down to two after that – but then again, it might not be, so we will have to wait and see.”
“I just think you have to put it into perspective of the season we have had.” “To be, with three games to go and regardless of what fixtures they are, a point above Chelsea and level with Spurs is just outstanding.”
“We would have settled for that at the start of the season, for sure.” “If we had a bad 45 minutes, we apologise to our fans for that and our critics,”
“There were reasons for that. We have covered a few of those today and a few more tomorrow.” “But the bottom line is we have still got three games and all to play for.”
“We are absolutely delighted, really, and we will go to Chelsea and give it our best shot.”
Good words from Alan there, and we’ve been shocked at just how good the Newcastle manager has been in so many ways this season.
He has shown great leadership of the side, and his man management is simply excellent.
It will be a tough ask of Newcastle on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge, but if our lads can get near to playing their best and the defense tightens up significantly from Saturday, we could well surprise people.
A Newcastle win and a Tottenham defeat at Bolton, would really upset the apple cart for the two London clubs.
But whatever happens in these last three games of the season, Newcastle have been like a breath of fresh air, and we have surprised a lot of people by the team’s success – including ourselves. 😀
Long may it continue.