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Pardew – I’m Overjoyed For The Players But We’re Not Safe Yet

6:38 pm, Sunday, April 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew showered his players with praise after they had a nervous first half against Fulham today, and when they should have been tiring in the second half because of their game on Thursday night – our lads went after Fulham in the second half and were rewarded with another dramatic Papiss Cisse winner in the third minute of stoppage time.

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A relieved Alan Pardew after Papiss Cisse’s late late winner

Newcastle got a very valuable 3 points to hoist us up to 13th place – unlucky for some – and a decent 36 points but Alan went out of his way to say we’re not safe yet – and he’s right about that.

This is what Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:

“It’s been a tough week for us.” “We played really well against Benfica but came back with a result we would rather not have had.” “Then, playing against real quality opposition today, we have had to pull on everything to try to get a win.”

“In the second half we played with a lot more composure, which was missing in the first half, probably because we were tired or nervous. But we deserved the goal, even though it came very, very late.” “I’m overjoyed for the players, they have worked really, really hard today.”

“The emotions at the end from Papiss and myself were because of the relief from all that.” “We’re far from safe yet, the whole of the bottom half is looking over their shoulder the wrong way, so we still have work to do.”

It wasn’t all good news for Newcastle after Davide Santon had to go off after just 17 minutes with what looked to be a hamstring strain and he’ll be out for some weeks.

But we have to hope some of our top five injured players will be able to come back for the Sunderland game next Sunday – and even for the home Europa League tie against Benfica on Thursday night – which promises to be another sellout crowd at St. James’ Park.

Today was the perfect result for Newcastle – a great win just when we needed it most – and you have to give it to our players – conventional wisdom suggested they should have been tiring in the final 45 minutes –  but they pressed Fulham in that second half - and deserved the 3 points.

We’re proud of them all.

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I’m glad he said he doesn’t think we are safe yet. Ever since he said we were safe a couple months ago it’s like we have been jinxed :)

  • 2 Bambams // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Agreed……

    Let’s hope we get some players back for derby game

  • 3 IITianToon // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Its so congested down there.. wouldn’t say we are safe until we get to 40..
    Our players must be running close to empty.. but that winner would have given a huge psychological boost.
    Give Benfica a good shot and then beat the Mackems, that is the plan now!

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Bambams…Remy does seem to do well at QPR

    Yo…and what a nice win it was :)

    …I most admit I was feeling kind of nervous at half time and wasn’t sure I was up to the second half!

  • 5 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Great win, I love it when we score late … all those numpties who left early to beat the traffic …

    NUFC win …

    … scum lose …

    … it’s been a good day.

  • 6 IITianToon // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Really really hope Debuchy and Haidara are back next week.. would be timely. Simmo may have given his best today; but with Debuchy we are an attacking threat. He has been sorely missed.
    Santon, another one bites the dust. We need to start some different hamstring conditioning exercises, cos right now its not working for us!
    Having said that don’t really see us beating Benfica 2-0. They will play keep ball and try to hit us when we are tired.

  • 7 Eddie // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    The players can enjoy themselves a bit more now after that performance – two fantastic fixtures to come.

  • 8 ToonDownSouth // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Does anyone else think Simpson has been a fair bit better since Debuchy joined?

    He looks to hold on to possession, and his crossing has improved a little as well.

    It’s amazing what a bit of competition in the squad can do isn’t it – shame we’ve been lacking it for 3 years.

  • 9 WWYCD // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Once again missed the full game but followed on twitter and by Christ was I nervous up until the last minute…I can imagine it was all kicking off on here with the standard Pardew out posts

  • 10 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    ToonDown..I said so earlier he is much sharper and his crossing is vastly improved….

  • 11 manxpie // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    jesper thanks for replying
    it doesn’t mean anything about the ammount of injuries over this or the last season wat does matter is to the caliber of players that are injured i.e the key players which i pointed out?
    you only have to look at michu’s goals to see that he has been absolutly instrumental to swanseas season
    just imagine if cisse was injured in his 1st game last season would we have finished 5th? no chance imo
    and the same with swansea without michu they would be down with us infact imo would be in a worse position!
    wats the difference with laudrop n pardew i’d say 5th place with a team that no1

  • 12 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    @ TDS

    Yep. That’s what competition for places does. Either that or he is setting up a transfer :)

  • 13 tooninspain // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    How grateful we should be that Ashley gave the go-ahead to buy Cisse at the end of that transfer window. Anyone who still hates him is either a Mackem, or two sandwiches short of a picnic. Where the hell would we be now if Fat Fred and the Halls were still here lining their pockets?

  • 14 Unbelievable Tekkers // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Agreed about debuchy he gives us so much quality going forward. Even when he doesn’t have the ball he makes good runs and makes the other teams full back worried. I cant imagine the full back being too worried about having simpson running at him.

  • 15 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    WWYCD

    not really mate we where all on edge we dominated the game should have been 3:0 up

  • 16 WWYCD // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Oh and that M’bengue (no idea what his name is) was he at the game today? Heard some random fans on twitter saying that rumour was true and he had told them he was likely to join us come summer

  • 17 manxpie // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    ….. would have expected and we’ll see wat laudrops second season is lik!

  • 18 WWYCD // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    gorgonzola
    Aye heard we once again hit the post a silly amount of times still big 3 points

  • 19 9 // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Fantastic 3 points, Mr Pardew correctly being cautious as mathematically, clearly, we aren’t safe, but in football realistic terms, we’ve done it! We will be in the Premier league next year. As I’ve said elsewhere, QPR won’t be in the Premier League next year and, although I’m not yet clear on their contractual situations, 3 or maybe a stroing 4 of their players would enhance our squad immeasurably:
    Remy (obviously, why else would we have wanted him in Jan? Don’t stand on pride!)
    Hoillett (fancied him like anything last season, what an improvement he would be on that loser Obertan)
    Taraabt (quality; we have no-one who can replace the superb but rarely available HBA, step forward……)
    Samba ( also fancied him like anything last season. Perhaps we could question his age/commitment/financial availability, but, boy, do we need one more top CH!!)

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    manxpie…you are welcome mate!

    It is hard to judge Pardew on his 5th place athivement last season and this season’s disaster solely. I guess you. cannoot judge Laudrup one one good season.

    I don’t think it is fair ask what Laudrup would do if Michu got injured; I often wonder what Man Utd or Liverpool would have done if RVP or Saurez were injured. Who knows?

    You guess you can only judge a manager on how he does with what he has got. Pardew did well last season with what he got and he goot praise. He has not been worse off injurywise this season in my book and he has done not so well to say the least ;-)

    Who knows how he’ll do next season? I honestly think some people put to much emphatize on injuries and feel a little bit too sorry for Pardew.

  • 21 Ian Toon // Apr 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Jesper – How are you ? As a football fan I don’t think anything compares to the feeling of sheer elation when a large fan base unites to celebrate an at the death winning goal. A massive crowd chanting and Pardew celebrating and showing just how much it meant. We got what we deserved with a terrific second half showing. It’s no coincidence that we have won games at SJP on a number of occasions
    this season with late goals. The sign of a never say die spirit which augurs well for the future. We are light in the ST department with Gouffran looking a little lacking in stamina at present.
    We’ll I am off to celebrate. We still have a bit to do but it’s onwards and upwards. This victory will lift the fans and team for the challenges ahead.

  • 22 giimps // Apr 7, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    The fact that floppychops has been moaning about not holding onto the ball when they were 1 nil up vs wiganscum is even sweeter.
    I was hoping both QPRscum and Wiganscum would lose but a point apiece will have to do.
    Floppychops went onto say he needed to win that game to stand any chance of survival…awwwww what a shame, that might stop you thieving other teams potential players when your in a different league(a few very expensive gambles IMHO)
    Reading QPR and one from Scum, Wiganscum, Stokickem and Villascum so, for me the Premier league wont miss any of them
    Wiganscum for obvious reasons (mainly Whelan)
    Scum as above
    Villascum as I remember being on the bus on the way back after Duff (class a wankr) scored to send us down, and their fans pointing down and waving……
    Stokickem cos they play the worst stopball in the league and have not improved their style, just changed their personnel to play the same way (cheers Pulis you tw(*)t)
    Were not totally safe yet, but Scum and Stokickem have really bad run ins so hope its one of them or Villascum but i think unfortunately Villascum are hitting good form at the wrong time for them to go down..
    Great results today, can hardly speak after the game and it was great seeing so many of us staying behind to applaud the players off after the game.
    I just hope this result can lift the boys to give a bit extra vs a very good Benfica side.
    I also hope we may see Haidara and debuchy next week vs Scum.
    HWTL

  • 23 toonluvva // Apr 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Looks like QPR, Reading and either Sun’Lun or Wigan are to make the drop in May.

    Remy scored a belter against Wigan and hit the post earlier on. When QPR go down I think we should have a go at picking him up providing he asks for realistic wages. I know there are some who don’t want him just because he went for twice what we were prepared to offer, but for heavens sake wouldn’t most of us move to a different job if we got the same type of offer.

    I don’t think there are any other players from the teams I expect to be relegated that are fit to play in the famous black & white shirts.




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