With Newcastle getting a vital 3 points today in beating Stoke City 2-1, the Newcastle manager is turning his attention to Thursday night, and he says between the Anzhi Makhachkala second leg game, and Wigan Athletic, the European game is now the higher priority.
Yohan Cabaye - after scoring direct from a free kick – another fabulous goal
Hence he will play Newcastle’s best team on Thursday night at St. James’ Park, and it will be interesting to see what that is – because in the last two games the manager has made seven changes to his starting line-ups, which gives you an idea of the strength of the Newcastle squad since January.
Excellent goals from Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse brought the Magpies back from being 1-0 down this afternoon, after Cheick Tiote gave away a penalty on 67 minutes with a reckless lunge at Jonathan Walters in the penalty box.
This is what Alan Pardew – still unshaven from a few days ago – had to say after the game today:
“The most important priority for this week between Thursday and Sunday against Wigan is Thursday.” “I will play my best team against Anzhi. We’re looking no further than Thursday night, we could have a really special night here.”
“We have a great chance. We’re in the last 16 teams in Europe, we’ve had to battle through too many games, too many for a Premier League team.” “You’ve got to get 40 points, but we’re now seven points from that with nine games left, and you’d expect this team to follow through with that.”
“The bigger picture is to finish strong and take that into next year.” “You can talk about spirit but you need world-class players.” ‘You need a world-class player to put that in the top corner from that free-kick to give you a foundation to win the game.” “I thought Steven Taylor gave a performance of England standard today. and I think they really do need to have a look at him at center half because it’s a problem position.”
“Papiss will be the first to tell you he was awful today, he couldn’t do anything today. But then the moment comes.” “An eye-of-a-needle pass from Sylvain Marveaux, and most strikers would snatch at that, but he doesn’t. He let the ball come all the way down and he finished it, and in the 92nd minute that’s not easy to do.”
Yohan Cabaye had a great game, and also the central defensive partnership of Steven Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa looked very solid, and maybe it’s the future for Newcastle, if Colo leaves in the summer.
Newcastle now have 33 points on the board in the league and in 13th place after 29 games played, and we are level on points with 10th placed Fulham, but there’s a 7 point gap to 9th placed Swansea – so maybe 10th place is the best we can do this season?
Newcastle will go all out to get through the Europa League quarter finals – in front of what we expect to be a very decent crowd – for one of those European nights on Tyneside.
Howay The Lads!!
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