The win yesterday was Newcastle’s second win after playing on a Thursday, with the first one being when we beat Norwich 1-0 on Sunday 23rd September, after drawing 0-0 with Maritimo in Madeira the previous Thursday.
A smiling Alan Pardew yesterday
The shot must have been taken before the second half yesterday
When Bobby Robson managed Newcastle in Europe he always insisted on Newcastle winning the game after their European game in midweek, and we did quite well doing that under the legendary Newcastle manager.
But Alan Pardew obviously is not happy with yesterday’s form in the second half, and Alan has hinted he will do something different when we play Club Brugge in Belgium on Thursday November 8th, and then play West Ham at home the following Sunday.
This is what Alan said today in the local press:
“You’ve only got to look at the Sundays after the Thursdays to see we’ve been struggling a bit.” “We’re trying different things to try to get that Sunday performance there, and we’ll have to try something different next time.
“Certainly in the second half, it was a struggle.” “I thought Sammy was positive. If I’m honest, I was searching for some sort of lift for the team.” “We changed the wingers a couple of times and I messed about with the team a bit, just to try to find a way through.”
“At least when Sammy came on he was positive and he tried to create for us.” “He looked a bit of a spark even before the goal.”
In turns out the two players you have to thank for the goal were Ben Arfa, who made a nice mazy run before he was fouled and the ball ran to Sammy Ameobi – and Sammy himself, who then immediately rifled the ball at goal, and it hit Cisse in the back and went into the net, with Ben Foster hopelessly wrong-footed.
If Sammy hadn’t shot immediately we would have drawn the game 1-1.
It was a lucky two points, but we’ll take it, and we have to be able to at least draw at Club Brugge and then hammer West Ham the following Sunday – the next time we play two game sin a week.
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