A good interview in the Evening Chronicle today from Alan Pardew, and not surprisingly an upbeat Alan has talked about the performance of a certain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who was our Man of the Match last night.
Yanga-Mbiwa – in action last night
This is what Alan said today:
“We got what we deserved tonight. We came and gave a really disciplined display.” “I thought our technical players did very well on a difficult surface, and we limited them to very few chances.”
“Rob had to make two good saves and, really and truly, if someone had said that to me before the game I would have taken that.” “That’s a really good display in the conditions and environment we were in.”
“I thought Mapou was the outstanding player on the night. He is so quick over the ground and strong.” “He wont let strikers get it comfortably. He was probably our stand-out player.”
“It’s an intriguing tie now because if you are going to go through in Europe, you have got to win, so the emphasis for us on Thursday is to win.” “But we have set that up nicely at St James Park and I am looking forward to the second leg because there are some outstanding players in both teams.”
“They have got good counter-attacking abilities in the team, but its going to be a very different game at St James Park.” “But we really need to set it up on Sunday against Stoke. Sunday is something we need to put right.”
“If we can get a win there, then I think the mood in our stadium is going to be something that’s going to be very difficult for Anzhi to cope with.”"We didnt really have to fight the crowd today, and that probably helped us to settle.”
Yanga-Mbiwa has now played 7 times for the Magpies, and he is likely to get a lot more games through the end of the season, with Coloccini out injured for anywhere up to seven weeks.
Mapou has talked with FIFA.com today about wanting to play until the age of players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes of Manchester United, and so we could have this lad starring for Newcastle for the next fifteen years.
Now there’s a thought.