Alan Pardew was more than pleased with the way he and his players were greeted by the Newcastle crowd on their lap of honor at the end of the game yesterday – even though the lads lost 2-0 to Manchester City.
Alan Pardew – appreciative of crowd after the game
Alan Pardew has had a tremendous first full season at Newcastle, and the fact that Newcastle have already picked up 65 points is good proof of that.
Of course that will put pressure on Newcastle next season to do even better, and the summer transfer window starts to look extremely important for Newcastle.
But that’s what success is all about, and any successful side have to expect the expectations to be raised.
But first things first, and Alan was so appreciative of the Newcastle fans yesterday:
“The fans at the end were brilliant,” “We’ve taken a club with great tradition and history back where it belongs – to the top of the division.”
“Now the task is to try to finish it off, and then next year to try to stay there. It won’t be easy.” “The statue unveiling was a nice moment on a lovely day,” “The only thing that spoiled it was the result.”
“We unveiled the Bobby Robson statue for our fans, and the sun was out.” “The way the game was conducted was good, too. There was a great spirit to the game and great honor from both teams.”
“The fans gave us the respect, and we have given them it back too.” “The only down side was that we got beat.”
Newcastle have won 19 games this season, and that’s two more than Champions League finalists Chelsea have won, and we have kept 15 clean sheets – and that shows the Newcastle defense can be solid, but the defense still seems to have been the Achilles heel of the side.
That’s why we expect at least two good defenders to be brought in this summer, and if Danny Simpson leaves, that will be three.
It will now be interesting to see the class of player Alan Pardew, Graham Carr and the Board recruit this summer, because the standards are now far higher than they were a short 12 months ago.
That can only be good, and Alan Pardew – to his immense credit – has brought Newcastle further then we even thought possible this season.
But we can always improve and maybe next season, Newcastle can have a good cup run in one of the two local cups – and maybe even win one of them?
Or even win the Europa League – that would be something.