In one of Alan Pardew’s interviews after the game yesterday he said Newcastle had to sharpen up in the second half, although our free kicks and corners were again not too good, and far too many times the Stoke goalkeeper Begovic picked the ball out of the air, as too many crosses were too close to the 6’5″ Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle’s unshaven manager yesterday
This is what Alan had to say to nufcTV immediately after the game:
“It was a tough game,” “Stoke are really tough opposition, our fans are intelligent enough to know that. They defended deep, got bodies behind the ball, made us make mistake and we looked ugly.”
“But that’s what they are good at, and they are always a threat, so to win it was a massive bonus for us.” “We were quicker in the second half from set-plays – our throw-ins, goal-kicks and free-kicks.”
“We sharpened up a bit, which we needed to do and were brighter in our passing, creating a few moments.” “The three points are enormous. We’ve got nine game to get seven points to be safe, and I can’t not see us doing that. We now have some nice breathing space.”
Newcastle’s set plays still need to eb better, although from one of them Yohan Cabaye scored a great equalizer, and after Newcastle wtrn all out for the winning goal, it came when a magnificent defense splitting pass from Frenchman Sylvain Marveaux, and he found Papiss Cisse in the penalty area and the Senegal striker took his chance magnificently to send the Geordie crowd into raptures.
It was a great three points yesterday which hauls Newcastle up the 13th place in the league – unlucky for some – and now we have to beat Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night – to reach the quarter finals of the Europa League.
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