There were some worried fans on this site after the game yesterday, when we were beaten at Tottenham, and then when Southampton somehow managed to beat a woeful looking Manchester City side 3-1 at St. Mary’s – that didn’t help because we went down one place in the table to 5th bottom, with Southampton above us on goal difference.
Yoan Gouffran – injured in the second half yesterday
So we have two weeks in that position before we can start to put some wins together and hopefully get to 40 points or more as quickly as possible, and ensure we are still in the Premier League next season – that’s the main thing right now.
Certainly after the game on nufcTV Alan Pardew seemed very happy with the performance from our lads, and they did play very well at times in yesterday’s game, and we were just a little bit unlucky.
Alan Pardew remained upbeat when he gave an interview in the Sunday Sun today:
“I look at my team today as one that has competed against a good Spurs side who are in a good situation right now. They were lively and we coped well with that.” “We have gone up a couple of levels as a team.”
“This fixture and Manchester City away are the two most difficult we had left.” “We gave a good account of ourselves and we will go into the remaining games looking like we did last season.” “We have good power in the team now. We will be OK.”
Yoan Gouffran was injured in the second half yesterday, but his shin only seems to have suffered a gash and some very bad bruising – there is no fracture – thank goodness.
And Yoan played a great game for us yesterday, and scored his first goal for the club, and he has 53% of the vote in our Man of the Match poll, followed by Yohan Cabaye on 15% and Steven Taylor on 11%.
What a terrific acquisition this 26 year-old Frenchman is for Newcastle.
Here’s a chance to vote in our Man of the Match poll.
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