Alan Pardew has come in for some withering criticism this season, and it’s continued after the QPR win, but that crazy 3 points finally made us safe in the league, and we can now watch the Arsenal-Wigan game tonight – and even enjoy it.
Alan Pardew – after the 6-0 disgrace against Liverpool
He didn’t look too good – neither did we
Watching the Wigan – Swansea game last Tuesday night was complete and utter agony, but three results have gone for us – Wigan lost last week, Aston Villa lost at home to Chelsea on Saturday, after being 1-0 up and Chelsea reduced to 10 men, and then we won at QPR 2-1 – but exactly how we held onto the win in that second half was just amazing – the Gods were with us.
But we did it – and we have to give credit to the lads and players like Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Ben Arfa and Gouffran, who produced big time when the chips were really down – and we’ll not forget that.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the local press today:
“Our season has been difficult, but we have come through it.” “I don’t care what anybody says, getting over the line with some of the misfortune we have had is an achievement.”
“We have had three cruciate injuries and no other club has had that.” “We missed key players at QPR – Sissoko, Shola Ameobi, Tim Krul and Davide Santon.”
“All year we have had that, but we still got over the line. That is the main thing.” “Of course. Our fans can turn up and enjoy it.”
“I hope they come in fancy dress and enjoy it.” “Regardless of the score, thank God we are here next year in the greatest league in the world.”
It’s hard to think that Shola Ameobi is a key player these days – but there again he’s the only striker we have available other than Cisse right now, although Yoan Gouffran has performed well for us when it mattered.
Newcastle fans have been venting since Sunday, when we reached safety, although some commentators don’t realise we are safe – becasue Wigan play Aston Villa on Sunday and that m,eans we will stay above one of them, whatever the results of the final games of the season.
And there’s nothing wrong with venting after what’s been a very difficult season for Newcastle and the fans – better to get it out of the system.
But we half expect the summer transfer window to be that much more busy and exciting now, simply because we’ve done so poorly in the league.
And maybe the powers that be at the club can put together a squad that can compete for a top four place next season.
That’s what we want to see in the summer – it could happen – maybe.
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