Alan Pardew – We Didn’t Deserve To Win – It Was A Struggle

Newcastle played well in the first half and were ahead deservedly though a good Demba Ba goal after 35 minutes, with an assist from Shola Ameobi, but in the second half West Brom came more into the game, and looked the more likely side to take all 3 points, until with just 7 seconds to go in the three minutes of  added time, a Sammy Ameobi shot hit Papiss Cisse in the back, and the ball flew into the back of the net.

Sammy Ameobi and Papiss Cisse celebrate remarkable winning goal

Sammy’s shot was going well wide, and Sammy had been set up by a good run that Ben Arfa made, but the Frenchman wa fouled and the ball ran loose to Sammy, who immediately rifled the ball against the back of Cisse, and Newcastle had scored the winning goal.

We wonder how many times they lads have practiced that in training. 😀

It was good play as well by referee Chris Foy, who let the play continue, even though Ben Arfa had been brought down.

So we were a little lucky today against a good-looking West Brom side, but we’ll take the three points.

This is what an honest Alan Pardew had to say after the game to Sky Sports:

“It’s sometimes very difficult with strikers because Papiss has looked exactly the same in training and he certainly doesn’t look short of confidence. He has been smashing them in from everywhere.”

“But sometimes you have these runs where you don’t get a goal, and that goal today will do him the world of good.” “We’ve had a tough week and we looked tired physically and emotionally today.”

“We’ve won the game and we’ll take that. We’ve not had many breaks this season. We perhaps deserved to win at Sunderland and today we’ve got a goal in a game we did not deserve to win but we have.”

“We’ve got to look at how we approach Sunday games after the Thursdays, because we are struggling. We will keep trying different things to get that Sunday performance, because the second half was a struggle.”

“I am glad to see the back of West Brom. They were excellent. They have got a real assurance about them. Everyone wanted the ball and made it very difficult for us. They probably thought they should have won it but I think our honesty won it for us in the end.”

We’re not sure why the players looked so tired in the second half, because most of them were not playing on Thursday night against Club Brugge, but Newcastle did look jaded in the second half, but there again in the last 10 minutes,  it was obvious Newcastle did not want to settle for another draw.

It was a lucky three points today, and we have to remember West Brom are a very good side this season under Steve Clarke.

We’ll take the win.

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