Newcastle were outplayed in the first half at Everton today and were 2-0 down at the break.
Nikica Jelavic scores this afternoon against Newcastle
But Alan brought on both Ryan Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux at half time for Perchinho and Davide Santon, and both played well and Marveaux looked particularly good and is topping out Man of the Match poll at the moment with 57% of the vote.
Alan was not too downbeat about the defeat today – hey it’s one game and Everton were great in that first half.
This is what Alan said after the game this afternoon:
“I can’t fault the players.” “They have been absolutely magnificent to a man. All my staff, everybody – we’ve had a real good go at it.”
“You look at the quality of teams like Everton and Chelsea who have finished seventh and sixth respectively and you say ‘how have we finished fifth’? It is amazing really.”
“We are very pleased with that and we look forward to next year.” “We have got a great spirit in there – never-say-die,’
“Even against an Everton side who were fabulous today in the first half, at 2-0 down we still gave it a right go.” “Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”
“But I’m pleased Arsenal and Spurs both won today, because it would have hurt more. I congratulate those two, because they probably deserve to be above us.”
It was just a pity Newcastle couldn’t have got a goal back after half time and at 2-1 it could have brought us back into the game – but it wasn’t to be.
We’re not too upset about the defeat – we are just happy we are back in Europe again, and that we have a very good side in the making, and this season has had some great memories for Newcastle.
Now we have to build on that, and having heard Alan Pardew and John Carver interviews on BBC Newcastle on Friday evening, they seem to know exactly what they are doing.
The last thing they will be doing is resting on their laurels, and we’re now going to watch the Montpellier vs Lille game, and see if they bring off Mathieu Debuchy near the end.
Lille did that with Yohan Cabaye in their last game last season, and he ended up at Newcastle a few weeks later.
We think Debuchy could end up at Newcastle in the summer too, and join his friend Yohan on Tyneside – and Alan gave a huge hint of that last Friday.
And the Montpellier captain is Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is playing center-back tonight, and it’s another chance to take a look at him, who has been linked heavily with Newcastle this season.