It was an upbeat Alan Pardew who talked immediately after the game to nufcTV and Rob Scanlon, and Alan thought the Gouffran injury after 55 minutes, and the second Tottenham goals scored by Gareth Bale after 78 minutes, were the turning points in a game we probably should have taken at least a point from.
Andre Villas-Boas and Alan Pardew before the game yesterday
This is what Alan Pardew said immediately after the game.
“We had them just where we wanted them really and the second goal and the injury to Gouffran I thought were the two things changed the game.” “We were in a comfortable position and we had good control of the game playing some great stuff .”
“So it’s disappointing to have those two blows to have the loss and to lose Gouffran who has done terrific today.” “The second goal was a mistake on our part, and once he’s away you are not going to catch him – you cannot give him that opportunity cannot catch him great today was things.”
“We done well to contain him for long periods today, he’s had a set play and capitalized on a mistake, and the other chances he had were when we were chasing the game, and he’s always going to have situations like that – he is a great player make no mistake – and he was the difference today”
“But we have a good side and this fixture and Manchester City away were the two tough ones we had left – we gave a good account of ourselves today and we’ll take that into Southampton.”
And Alan said that Gouffran had been taken for an X-ray, but there was no ligament or cartilage damage, and the Newcastle doctor was uncertain about the injury, and that it would be bone damage if anything.
And since then the X-ray came back negative – so it looks like Yoan will be OK for the Southampton game – which is really great news.
Alan also said he was buoyed by how good Newcastle looked today against a Championship level side – so let’s hope we can beat the lesser teams we are going to be facing in the next few games – which starts with Southampton in two weeks time, and they are fresh off their surprise 3-1 win against Manchester City yesterday at St. Mary’s Stadium.
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