At the final whistle Alan Pardew was relieved that Newcastle had secured their safety in the league, as the lads hung on for the last nine minutes with ten men, after Rob Elliot clearly handled outside the box and was given a seocnd yellow card – what was he thinking?
Yoan Gouffran – scores Newcastle second goal
Yoan showed tremendous skill – made it look easy
It was a do or die effort by Newcastle this afternoon, and it had to be – but give credit to the lads because they got the result – and really that’s all that matters in these relegation scraps.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say to BBC Sport immediately after the game:
“It’s a big relief because this is a massive club. We got the win that we needed.” The injuries we’ve suffered this year have been horrendous, this type of year usually ends up in relegation.”
“It was a nervous display, we really needed that first goal. We’ve made mistakes but we will make sure that we protect ourselves, the Premier League is so unforgiving.”
There were some good displays this afternoon from the Newcastle side and Ben Arfa showed he is a match-winner and he got the penalty and scored from it to equalize for Newcastle after 18 minutes – and there’s no doubt with everybody fit we still have a good squad.
But the players have massively under-performed this season in the Premier League – and we need two strikers in the summer to augment the squad – and also have a clear-out of fringe players.
The other thing Newcastle should do is try mightily to keep Fabricio Coloccini – who had a magnificent game at the back this afternoon for the Toon, as he brilliantly marshaled the Newcastle defense – he was a hero today for Newcastle.
I’ll now be out for a few hours, as we go out to celebrate Mother’s Day here in the US – and my son Neil and I will also celebrate Newcastle staying in the Premier League.
We’ll make up a list of new players that we need to sign this summer. 😀
See you later.
Howay The Lads!!
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