There’s no doubt Moussa Sissoko has made an immediate and positive impact with Newcastle fans – and his performance in the first half last night was simply superb – and if this lad can put in those types of performances for Newcastle through the end of the season, then we should be safe enough from relegation – which is our top priority this season.
Moussa Sissoko – in action last night at villa Park
And as we’ve mentioned before, Alan Pardew is one of Sissoko’s chief admirers and Alan had no hesitation to play him as the attacking central midfielder last night, with Yohan Cabaye playing the defensive role – which is unusual for Yohan – although that didn’t stop the Frenchman scoring another tremendous goal last night – which he created simply out of nothing.
It’s been a great week for Newcastle – following the humiliation of being beaten by Reading a week last Saturday – in our worst result of the season – but that has been followed with maybe our best result in the league this season – with a great 2-1 win over Aston Villa last night – our first away win of the season.
Alan Pardew has come under a lot of pressure for the terrible results of late, and he was naturally delighted with the way things have gone over this last week – with four top French players being signed in four days last week and a monumental away win last night, and this is what he said on nufcTV today:
“I think it’s just been a great few days for us. Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley did well to get the players over the line in time for this game and we played with a fluency in the first half that we’ve not seen for a long while from this team.
“We caused Aston Villa all sorts of problems, controlled the game – and then we conceded perhaps a silly goal just after half-time and we had to show another side – the fight and the grind and the battle that you need in the Premier League at times.
“No wins come easy in this division and we stood up to that. It was a combination of our senior players, our new players and some players that have had to show real application to get this win.”
“Everything that I thought Sissoko might do for this team, he delivered in the first half.” “He ran out of steam in the second half – those French players now know the difference between Ligue 1 and the Premier League.”
“We had to take them all off because the energy was just phenomenal that Aston Villa were showing. Fair play to them, they gave us a real run for our money tonight.” “But we stood firm and Sissoko is a class act, trust me.”
The mood on Tyneside has gone from one of despair and great concern after the Norwich game, to decidedly upbeat after last night’s terrific win, against a side beneath us in the table.
Now all the lads have to do is put in another 100% all-out performance against Chelsea at St. James’ Park on Saturday – and if we can get something out of that game – then things should remain decidedly upbeat in the Newcastle City center.
Howay The Lads!!
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