Newcastle manager Alan Pardew left no doubt with the Newcastle fans that he was proud of his players in today’s excellent display at the Stadium of Light, when Newcastle almost held onto a 1-0 win with only 10 men, before a late Demba Ba own goal rescued Sunderland.
A proud Alan Pardew salutes the Newcastle fans – and his players!
Yohan Cabaye scored after only three minutes at the Stadium of Light, with a well worked goal and Newcastle looked in control when Cheick Tiote was sent off, after 25 minutes, for high kick on Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher.
And the Sunderland equalizer was a lucky one, as John O’Shea’s flick-on from Sebastian Larsson’s nice free-kick into the box was going wide, but it struck Demba Ba in the face and the ball was diverted past a helpless Tim Krul into the goal – and Newcastle had no luck at all.
Pardew told Sky Sports he was proud of the Newcastle display:
“It was a magnificent effort. We said to the players before the game how important it was to the fans, we’ve now shown how important it is to us.”
“Playing an hour with 10 men, if we could have just seen it out, it would have been one of the greatest victories ever here. But it’s a great point and I’m very proud of my players.”
And when asked about Tiote’s red card, which altered the game in Sunderland’s favor, the Newcastle manager had this to say:
“At first I didn’t think it was that bad, but looking back at it again we can’t have any complaints. But what a response from the rest of the group.”
The truth was it’s very hard to argue that Cheick shouldn’t have been sent off, because his tackle was high, but we’ve seen players only get a yellow for that.
The good news is this was ane an excellent and courageous performance from our lads, and maybe even though we didn’t get the win, it will give Newcastle the confidence, and we can tear West Brom apart at St. James’ Park next Sunday.
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