Although there were only 2200 tickets for the Newcastle fans, the estimate after the game was that 8,000 fans made the journey to Belgium, and those who could not get into the ground watched the game on a large screen in the town center, and from all reports our supporters were very well behaved.
Alan Pardew – pleased with the result and very pleased with the fans
And that brought some praise from manager Alan Pardew after the game, and he had mentioned before the game that the fans would need to be well behaved, because when they are on their travels they represent both the club and the city.
So as well as a decent result last night, Pardew praised Newcastle fans who made the trip to Belgium:
“From all accounts, and I hope I am right in saying this, they have conducted themselves well around the town and in good humour.” “They have been a credit to the city and I hope it stays like for the rest of the night because they should be proud of the team. This is a good result, trust me.”
The fans inside the stadium were great as usual, but were stunned when we were 2-0 down, but they were celebrating in the last four minutes of the first half when Newcastle got two good goals to level the game.
And in the second half both side had chances to score, and it was some good saves from goalkeeper Tim Krul that saved the point for Newcastle.
All the Newcastle fans who made the trip to Belgium deserve great praise for the way they conducted themselves, and they have left a good feeling in Brugge about Newcastle United and their fans – and that has to be good.
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