Alan Pardew, not to mention Newcastle fans around the world, were simply delighted when Papiss Cisse scored the winning goal on Sunday, after Sylvain Marveaux had split open the Stoke defense with a brilliant through ball that found Cisse clear on goal and just six yards out.
Papiss Cisse – scoring winning goal on Sunday
Papiss doesn’t miss chances like that and he smashed the ball home with his left foot and put Newcastle on 33 points and it’s hard to think we’ll not make 40 points this season, with only 7 points needed in our final 9 league games of the season.
And that’s what Alan Pardew seems to think, as he had this to say on BBC Newcastle yesterday:.
“That’s Premier League survival done; we don’t need to worry about that now,” “What we’ve done is set ourselves up for what I’m hoping is going to be a special night for us.”
“We’ve set the scene for that and I can’t wait already. I hope we get as many people as we can afford to come fill the place up.” “We’ve approached it in an intelligent way.”
“In the way that we have dealt with the team as it comes, put a team out that is good enough, and we’ve had to do that. We’ve had so many injuries that we had to put out the team that we had.”
“There are too many games, but now the real serious business starts, playing against real quality.”"I’ll play my best team – that win against Stoke has helped me do that.”
After he managed through losing 10 league games in 13, which ended when we lost to Reading 2-1 on January 19th, Alan Pardew will become a better manager because of going through that adversity – when most other managers would have been fired.
And we see that Reading have just sacked Alan’s friend and former colleague Brian McDermott.
But Alan Pardew now has a chance to take Newcastle a long way in the Europa League.
We have to beat Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night at St. James’ Park, and if we can do that then anything is possible – and this season too.
Howay The Lads!!