Pardew – I’m Proud To Be Manager Of This Football Club

Alan Pardew came up with the perfect match plan lat night to try to get a 2-0 win against Benfica,  and progress to the semi-finals of the Europa League – and his Newcastle side almost executed the plan perfectly – almost.

alan padrew against ebnifca at home

Alan Pardew – on the sidelines last night

But we couldn’t get that second goal after Papiss Cisse had again put us ahead after 71 minutes, and then two minutes into stoppage time Benfica scored to save the game – but at least we broke their winning streak – and we almost kept them goalless – almost.

This is what Alan Pardew said on nufcTV after the game:

“It was a great night, and in a lot of ways you can’t take much more out of a defeat than that,” “We put everything at risk tonight and forgot about the Sunderland game on Sunday.”

“We tried to go for it.” “In the first leg in Benfica they exposed us by cutting through our wide players, but we wouldn’t let that happen tonight.”

“Once we got them on the backfoot they got very nervous, and we are so unlucky not to be in the semi-final, for sure.”“I’m proud to be manager of this football club. What a credit we have been to this competition and to Europe.”

“And I’m not just talking about the team, I’m talking about the whole club, the fans and the way they’ve conducted themselves on this little European tour of ours.”

Those are great words from the Newcastle manager – who still had his critics – but he did everything right last night and he did everything right last Sunday.

And hopefully we can finish off our five games in 15 days run, with a nice win on Sunday against Sunderland – when we should have a very strong starting eleven and a strong bench.

It was great to see Ben Arfa back for Newcastle in that second half last night – and congratulations to Massadio Haidara, who played very well, and didn’t flinch once in the tackle.

It takes courage and character to do that when you’re coming back from a tackle like the one he received from Callum McManaman of Wigan – Massadio was great last night and we expect him to start against Sunderland..

And Mike Williamson – in from the cold finally – also had a very solid game last night, on his return to the Newcastle first team.

The lads didn’t do it last night – but we’re still so proud of them.

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8 comments so far

  • heymanhooman

    Apr 12, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Great performance in the second half by the lads.

    Hopefully someone can explain the offside rule to Cisse before Sunday.

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 12, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Yet another hard luck story. I’m proud of the club, and the fans. Alway’s have been always will be. It’s the board, managers and players that always fail as far as I’m concerned. I’m talking about our modern history here not just the current incumbents. Luck always seems to be against us when it matters also. Well never mind there is always next season.

  • toonhamu

    Apr 12, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #3

    We’ll take so much from this. Pardew got the game plan spot on, everything down to the timing/personnel of the subs, it just wasn’t to be.
    Full of confidence going into Sunday now, it was great to see Benny one side & Marv the other, exciting times.

  • tweaked

    Apr 12, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah, we were unlucky, but looking at how they played last night we gonna get silverware soon enough, marv and Benny bring a wow factor to ur attack and the scum are gonna be torn apart on Sunday if they both start


    Apr 12, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #5

    What a second half?

    I would just love to see us when we have all the First team players on the Pitch, with Debuchy at the back and Tayls running the back Four!
    Debuchy and Goeffy were Cup-Tied but we were still all over Benfica for periods in that second half ?

    We lost this in Lissabon! But we have had a good run in a European Competition and will learn from this ?

    Correct me if i,me wrong but i reckon that was the first time Marvaeux and Benny have been on the park playing alongside eachother ! Good substitutions by Pardew, for a change?

    Now to beat the Scum on Sunday?

  • NobbyNolano

    Apr 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Immensely proud, both goals were definitely offside so there’s no point debating it. The damage was done in the first leg, onwards to the derby. Could do with a good thrashing to keep my spirits up.

  • numba9

    Apr 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    I would rest Benny now until next season I wouldn’t play him v the smbs. They will smash him and his career

  • Grumpy

    Apr 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Alan Pardew did ok ,only his players couldn’t get us over the line. Sure they tried, but still some very bad crosses and wayward passes let down the momentum at the wrong time .Not all doom an gloom. wasn’t Cabye’s night unfortunately could have used his skill, Williamson at the back did what his skill level allowed. but there goal was due to ball watching in my opinion


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