Alan Pardew was both a relieved and happy man when he was interviewed after the game against QPR yesterday, and he was thankful to get all three points against relegation threatened QPR due to a wonderful individual piece of brilliance from Shola Ameobi as he guided the ball into the back of the net with his left foot, giving goalkeeper Rob Green no chance.
Shola Ameobi - after scoring magnificent winner
That’s only the second win in twelve games and yes – I was in so much shock after the game that I said we had 18 points from our 18 games (it’s all about senility) – and then when readers told me it was in fact 20 points – I was even happier.
Here’s what Alan said after the game, and you could see the relief in the manager, after the win we all wanted so much:
“I know the crowd weren’t particularly pleased when I took Cisse, a goalscorer, off but I just felt Shola, he’s a big man and this was a big occasion and he likes big occasions.”
“It said QPR on the program but really it was bigger than that, I think we all knew that and he has that calm head – he knows what is demanded here – to produce a quality goal, and it won us the game.”
“I wanted to get Shola on the pitch, and thank goodness I did because it was a really class finish. He could have taken the shot with his right foot, which is his stronger foot, but to have that composure in that area is first-class.”
“The pudding will taste a little bit sweeter. I feel sorry for our fans. We have put them through the rack, really, over this last period.” “They have watched some football that hasn’t been our best. But you have periods in your tenure as a manager and sometimes a season.”
With Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa all out injured, it was important that our current players steady the ship, and they did that yesterday, and since the Stoke game we’ve been playing at a much higher level but we haven’t got the breaks.
In yesterday’s game, it was Newcastle’s continual moving forward for the winning goal that finally broke the QPR defense, and it was a bit of class – this time from Shola – that generally wins these type of plodding games.
It was Shola’s first league goal of the season, but he deserves immense credit for the way he played yesterday once he was brought on after an hour for Papiss Cisse, who had another poor game yesterday.
Howay The Lads!!
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