Alan Pardew seemed a relieved man after yesterday’s win against a very good Stoke City side, when a late goal form Papiss Cisse, who otherwise had a game to forget, pulled Newcastle up to 13th place in the Premier League, and on the same points total as 10th placed Fulham.
Papiss Cisse puts home added time winner yesterday
Newcastle’s 2-1 win was well-earned as our lads attacked Stoke at every opportunity, but found the Stoke rearguard in excellent form and we missed the creativity of Ben Arfa.
The Frenchman was not even risked on the bench yesterday, but is likely to play on Thursday night against Anzhi Makhachkala, with the score 0-0 after the first leg.
This is what Alan Pardew told the press after yesterday’s game:
“We have a great opportunity in the Europa League and all my focus will be on that now.” “We are now seven points clear of the relegation places and while they say you need 40 points to make sure you are safe, I would expect this team to have enough to do that with just nine games left to play.”
“So we can look at the Europa League with real ambition. I will play my best team against Anzhi on Thursday night. We are down to the nitty gritty in the competition now and we have a chance to have a real go at it.”
“There are too many games in the Europa League, too many for a Premier League team, and with the squad we had in the first half of the season, we could not risk everything in the European games. Now things have changed as we have a squad that can compete.”
“Our fans are well-educated and they know we have a top team coming to St James’ Park on Thursday night.” “We appreciate the money and effort they are putting in to supporting us at the moment and we will need each and every one of them to create an atmosphere that will give us a special night on Thursday.”
Nor sure where Alan gets the 7 points cleat number from, we are on 33 points and 3rd bottom Wigan are on 24 points, but they now have a game in hand after walloping Everton in the FA Cup quarter finals 3-0 on Saturday at Anfield.
And Newcastle play Wigan next Sunday afternoon, so a win in that game could take us 12 points clear of the Lancashire side.
Another two wins on Thursday night and next Sunday and we are going to be absolutely flying.
Howay The Lads!!
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