A happy Alan Pardew was interviewed immediately after the game last night at Victoria Park, and he was very pleased with the performance of many of the Newcastle players in the 5-1 demolition of Hartlepool.
Sylvain Marveaux – looked very good last night
And something we wanted to hear is that the manager says that Shola Ameobi, who came limping off just before half time, is OK.
Alan Pardew had this to say to say after the game, when asked about Shola:
“He’s fine and he was unplayable tonight , and when he’s like that (laughs) he gives them no end of problems.”
“But we had some great performance tonight and our wide players in particular, with Marveuax, Romain and Gabby all showing that little bit of class tonight.
“And it’s nice to see Hatem get half a game and he’s not far away.” “In his mind he thinks he’s ready but whether we think he’s ready for the first team we don’t know - but he’s missed a lot of pre-season.”
The Newcastle manager talked above about whether Hatem will be ready for the first game, and Alan said although he thinks Ben Arfa thinks he’s ready, Alan wasn’t sure.
But Alan stressed it was important to play the right teams in those three games in the first week, that starts a week come Saturday.
Newcastle play Tottenham at home on 18th August and then have the first leg of their qualifying tie for the Europa League group stages the following Thursday night, and Newcastle will know their opponents on Friday, when the draw is made.
Then Newcastle play at Chelsea two days later, so it’s clear that Newcastle will need to rest some first teamers in the game in Europe, and we have to hope we get a fairly easy draw in that game, but it’s a two legged tie that we must win.
It’s good to hear that Shola is OK, and he had a hand (or should that be foot?) in all of Newcastle’s first three goals last night, and looked very good, along with a number of other Newcastle players.