If anybody had told us after the Manchester City game that after four game played we would be level on points with the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea, we would have asked them what they had been smoking.
Vurnon Anita had another solid game yesterday
But that’s the current situation, after Manchester City dropped two points at Stoke yesterday, and Chelsea suffered their first defeat at Everton.
And suddenly Newcastle are in the upper half of the table and we even looked a good attacking side yesterday, and were solid at the back, although Tim Krul is not at his best at the moment.
Here’s what Alan Pardew said in the local press today:
“The most important thing at our football club is the team. They carry the flag, they carry the banner. For the first time today since Demba Ba left, we carried an attacking threat a Newcastle team should have.”
“Loic Remy has boosted that. I think it puts the opposition on the back foot a bit, and that makes a big different to how you control the game.” “We got more players into the box today.”
“Hatem got the simplest goal he will ever score because he got into the box and that’s something we’ve encouraged him to do.” “I thought we controlled the first-half. “
“We came under pressure in the second, but we played really well.” “Hatem Ben Arfa was brilliant. I thought some of the reaction two weeks ago was over the top, but it can’t be over the top this week.”
“When you are a manager of Newcastle, and you talk about the Europa League and injuries, it sounds like rotten excuses, but we had our best players available today, and anyone who was at the game would say when that happens we look a good team.”
“If we can keep them all fit then we can have a good season.”
Of course we cannot get carried away, but two successive league wins is always good, and it certainly gives out players that extra confidence.
And it should be a good game on Saturday against newly promoted Hull City, and we hope we get a good turn our to cheer on our players.
Every league game is tough, whoever we are playing, and the last time we met Hull at St. James’ Park was the first game after Kevin Keegan had left the club in early September of 2008.
And we surprisingly lost that game 2-1, and Danny Guthrie was sent off in stoppage time as he kicked out at a Hull player in sheer frustration.
And our new signing at the time, Xisco, made his debut for the club and scored the Newcastle goal, and we all know what happened that season, which turned out to be an absolute disaster for the club.
But we are back with the big boys now, and there’s even some evidence we may be able to give the top sides a game this season.
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