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.
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.
Howay The Lads!!
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