Roberto Mancini was at the game last night at Stamford Bridge, and he saw Newcastle defend like their lives depended on winning the game.
Alan Pardew – great job to get Newcastle 65 points so far
And he saw the new and great Newcastle number 9, Papiss Cisse, score two wonder goals to get the win for Newcastle United.
Roberto had said after their win against Manchester United on Monday night, that Newcastle would be a very difficult side to play at St. James’ Park on Sunday, and he shook his head back and forth as he said those words.
We agree with him. 😀
And last night, he witnessed a wonderful display by the Magpies at Stamford Bridge, and there were too many Newcastle heroes to mention.
But Coloccini was a King at the back for Newcastle last night, and he played a real captain’s game, and showed clearly why he was voted onto the PFA team of the season.
Davide Santon is proving he will be a magnificent player for Newcastle in the future, and the Italian headed off the line from a John Terry header late in the game, and of course he set up Papiss Cisse’s first goal in the first half.
And James Perch will keep his place at right back on Sunday, whether Danny Simpson is fit or not – such was the way this lad again turned in a heroic performance in Newcastle’s colors last night.
This is what the Manchester City manager said after the game last night:
“Newcastle will be our hardest game, harder than United,” “It is strange, but it is like this. “They have had a fantastic season, are playing to get into the Champions League, and their manager is one of the best managers in England. “
“It will be a tough game. “We were happy for the crowd on Monday night but it is important our supporters do not think it is finished. “We need to be very calm. We need to concentrate on the next game, work well, and recover.”
“The message is to keep calm, like one and two weeks ago. Nothing has changed.”
The message was reinforced by James Milner, who was sold for £12M in August of 2008, just before Kevin Keegan left the club.
James will know exactly what to expect on Sunday – 52,000 mad screaming Geordies – who are so proud of their heroic players this season.
This is what James said:
“The away trip will be the tougher one,” “We’ve been in top form at home all year so that’s not too much of a worry, but Sunday will be the tough one.”
“Monday night was massive and a big result but we can’t get carried away. We’ve got two games left and it’s just as difficult, maybe even harder going away to St James’ at the weekend.”
““That’s obviously the next thing on our minds.” “If we can get a good result there it’s in our hands.”
Newcastle gained a lot of new fans last night, by the dogged way in which they went about their difficult task, after the huge humiliation at Wigan.
We don’t know if we can get to 4th place – but whatever happens on Sunday – the Newcastle players need to be congratulated and rewarded for what has been an unexpected and magnificent season.
Newcastle United are getting back to the big time very quickly.
Alan Pardew is a hero – and we just cannot quite believe what a fantastic job the Londoner has done this season on Tyneside – he deserves enormous credit.
Howay The Lads!!