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Pardew – Chelsea Game My Best Ever – We Must Keep Winning

10:36 am, Monday, February 4th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

The 3-2 win against Chelsea on Saturday and the way we achieved it has Newcastle fans around the world exhilarated with the tremendous football Newcastle have served up in the last couple of games with the new French players having arrived last month, and don’t forget we though the first half at Aston Villa, when we 2-0 up at the half, was the best Newcastle have played all season.

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Alan Pardew reminding referee of the time on Saturday

But Saturday’s game was just one tremendous game, and to have Newcastle come out on top after fighting back from 2-1 down in that second half, makes it a game that will be remembered for a long time by Geordie fans.

It was as exhilarating if not more so – then that fantastic comeback at home against Arsenal in February two years ago – when we cam back form 4-0 down after 26 minutes and drew that game 4-4.

Alan Pardew thinks it’s the best game of football he’s ever seen when he’s been manager of one of one of the sides:

“It was the best game I’ve ever seen as a manager.” “Obviously, in the cup final we had the 3-3 against Liverpool in 2006. It was at that level, trust me. That was a real game of football.”

“The Chelsea team were determined to turn round the situation. It was their best team. Ivanovic was back in at right-back, John Terry in the team.” “It took a real, proper performance from us to get a win against them.”

“When you play the top teams, it’s very important to unsettle them, and we’ve done that.” “Man United and Arsenal – we unsettled them. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough power and pace in the team, and enough squad players to come on and see it through.”

“Today, we did. Even Marveaux’s 10-minute cameo, which was outstanding, gave us a lift. They’re the things we’ve missed this year – having players of that ability come off the bench.” “Sylvain was very unlucky not to start, but I was glad I started with the team I did.”

As soon as Marveaux came on he set up a good chance when he surged down the left wing – and this lad has eventually come good –  very good in the last couple of months or so, and he now looks like the player we thought we had signed eighteen months ago, and Sylvain is now over all the injuries he’s picked up over the last couple of years.

We’ve done well in the last two games, but we did hopeless from the beginning of November through the defeat at home to Reading almost two weeks ago – so in our book the lads have to keep pushing on and getting those wins.

The team still has a lot to make up for – after our terrible run that finally ended with the win at Aston Villa.

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DevonMag // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    RE the last thread… I cannot for the life of me figure out why Europe is considered an afterthought or distraction. Yes, the Prem is important and we’re not out of the woods yet, but to me it’s fairly plain that we’ll survive this season… maybe even finish top half. Bilbao finished 11th in La Liga last season because they made it to the final of the cup. Do you think any of their fans would have been complaining about finishing bottom half if they’d beaten Athletico?

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Without getting carried away we are looking very good now. I know it’s just two games but we have done well in 3 of the 4 halves since the new boys arrived.

    Hopefully we can continue to improve and give spurs a tough game, no reason we cannot beat them, they only just got past a 10 man west brom, took a wonder strike.

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    devon

    The thing is though it doesn’t have to be that much of a problem. I think with the extra players we have now, we can just rest 2/3 lads and still have a top team out for europe.

    Hopefully you are right and we will attack the competition. Whats the point pushing for top 6/7 if you just ignore the european competition when you get in it. Might as well just aim for a steady 10th if thats the goal.

  • 4 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    yes devon were in the knockout stages now its not like we have the fa cup or league cup to worry about as well

  • 5 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    The leagues pretty much a write off for me now. A top half and a finish above the mackems are about the best we can get, by the looks of things its only the top 5 who are getting europe places with the way the cups are going. Go for europa glory i say, it would make a dull season an excellent one, even if we only got to the semis.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    rainrix

    imagine having a semi final against athletico madrid

    seeing our boys go up against the likes of falcao would be great, a joy to watch.

  • 7 donkeypunch // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    https://twitter.com/

  • 8 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Sage… That would be fantastic, i’d be great to get close to the atmosphere we had against barca, even if we’d lose i’d still be happy with such a spectacle of football, winning would be nice though obviously :)

  • 9 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    it’d * dont hurt me grammer nazis ;)

  • 10 saxonfenken // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    We have to go for it, we now have the strength in depth, we had a hard a game Tuesday night and still produced a terrific performance with the same team on Saturday.

    On Tioti, this season he has been told to watch the yellows, so the lad has been betwixt and between, we had little or no cover for him, now that we have Pards must say to him “get out there and play to your strengths”, then I am sure he will be the player again that we all know he is. if he gets a yellow late we can always bring him off now with a good replacement

  • 11 DevonMag // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    We could in theory field a pretty strong side whilst resting players TS you’re right, but I’d hope Pardew would pick almost the strongest side available to him if given the chance…particularly if we get past Kharkiv/Anzhi. Play a team similar to the previous two. But with Marveaux, MYM, Anita and Ben Arfa yet to start we are starting to look a little bit mouth-watering…

    We should go balls out for Europe I’d say, nothing held back. The idea of a real glamour tie in the semis like Athletico/Inter/Marseilles/Lazio is delectable. Hope not to meet the English boys either, unless it’s the final…kinda takes the shine off being in ‘Europe’

  • 12 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Saxon… i imagine it’ll help tiote having better quality of players around him, he’s still the same player he was a couple of years ago, im sure he’ll get back to his best eventually.

    Also the bench is looking tasty for spurs for a change ;)

    Elliot, tiote, anita, marv, mbiwa, shola, obertan.

    Plus ben arfa to come back into the fold.

  • 13 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Speaking of which when is benny back anyone?

  • 14 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Just watched the match again what a game it was best ive seen for a while.

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    devon

    Yeh I agree, maybe a couple changes if people are tired or a bit stiff. But dont rest players who aren’t tired, thats my biggest pet peeve. Rest when tired, not incase they get tired.

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    rainirx

    mid feb its reported….so hopefully only misses spurs game in league then back for southampton

  • 17 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    East stand – Is it lame to say I’ve watched the football first show about 3 times since the match ended?! :-)

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    torq

    Yes it is….its that lazy attitude that meant we missed out on belhanda…should have been flashing your keyring not wasting time supporting your club and enjoying their success haha.

  • 19 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Torq ive lost count mate

  • 20 saxonfenken // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Torq, me to and it just gets better and better

  • 21 spartacus // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Great play!!!!!!!!! Great win!!!!
    Cheers from Greek nufc fan club




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