Newcastle manager Alan Pardew paid tribute to Stoke City today, and the opposition played very well and it was difficult for Newcastle to get the breakthrough – but after going 1-0 down after Cheick Tiote made a diabolical tackle on Jonathan Walters in the penalty area to give away the penalty, Newcastle came back with two great goals from Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse, with the Senegal striker’s goal – his ninth of the season - coming two minutes into added time.
Cheick Tiote – in action this afternoon
This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:
“It was a very important win for us, because it jumps us right up the Premier League and gives us a chance to attack the top ten.” “But we were fortunate in some ways, Stoke came here and were excellent today, and that was as good a defensive display as you will see.”
“They stopped us playing and made it very difficult and we kept plugging away, asking different questions and in the end it was a pass through the eye of the needle from Sylvain Marveaux that got us the goal.” “The team has done well in his absence and he is knocking on the door and he sparked us in that last little bit and it was massive.”
“Stoke were a threat all afternoon from set plays, they are giants and you have to be big and strong which we were and I thought Steven Taylor was England standard today. It is a brilliant win for us – a massive win.” “Sometimes it is not physical, but a mental tiredness and I thought we were slow. But I thought we brightened up,”
“It has been a cold week and we all have our thermals still on and hopefully we will warm up for Thursday. This will set us up and I hope our fans respond and we have a big night and performance.”
Yohan Cabaye had an excellent game and is leading our Man of the Match poll followed by powerhouse Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa – and the two center-backs were excellent for Newcastle today.
And it was good to see Adam Campbell make his Newcastle Premier League debut on 87 minutes, and Massadio Haidara replaced Davide Santon on 74 minutes – maybe a sign the Frenchman is pushing the Italian for that starting left back spot.
It was a massive win for Newcastle today – fact!
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