You get the distinct impression that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has quickly taken to new boy Moussa Sissoko who set up the first goal for Papiss Cisse with a tremendous defense splitting pass – and Papiss took his chance and put the ball into the net like the true striker that he is.
Alan Pardew and Paul Lambert before the game
Newcastle gave debuts tonight to Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and they all played their part in a gritty backs to the wall win in that second half.
After the game a relived Alan Pardew had this to say:
“There has been a lot of work and effort to get that win, not just from the staff and the players, but the Directors and Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias.” “It was obvious when Demba Ba went, in the position we were in, it was a blow to the personality of the team. But the new players have given us a lift.”
“Sissoko was magnificent in the first half. He is going to be a powerful player in the Premier League.” “Sissoko made a difference today with his power and control, and he helped Papiss, who has been a bit isolated, especially since Demba Ba left.” “I have always had my eye on him. That’s a nice little aperitif that he showed tonight.”
“In the first half we were magnificent.” “We would have given anyone a game with that performance. We played as well as we have played all year.” “In the second half, we had to show another side to our game – to battle, to fight – and everybody played their part.”
“We were disappointed to give a goal away after three minutes. It knocked us a little bit. We haven’t won for a while, so we were a bit rash with our clearances.” “Fair play to Villa.” “They got clapped off at the end – and quite right. They gave it everything. I don’t think they will go down. They have got too much quality.”
“But it was our day today. It is by far not over for us. We have got 14 cup finals to come, but it’s a start.”
It was a hard-fought win – but Newcastle must now build on this excellent three points – and more wins is what we need – and we’re sure the lads will give it all they have on Saturday afternoon against the European Champions, Chelsea.
And Newcastle need their fans more than ever now – and we expect a full house at St. James’ Park for the game that kicks off at 3:00 pm.
It should be quite a game.
Howay The Lads!!
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