Pardew – This Newcastle Player Now Near His Best

Well things this morning certainly feel a lot better than they did last Sunday morning,  and Alan Pardew made six changes to that side for last night’s Capital One Cup tie against Leeds, and Newcastle looked solid with two good goals from Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran, with local lads Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett both having good games.

yoan gouffran scores leeds

Gouffran turns to smash the ball home in the second half

Alan Pardew certainly looked relieved at the end of the game, and here’s some of what he had to say to nufcTV immediately after the game:

“It was an impressive display because we kind of had control of the game through the 90 minutes, which we didn’t have against Hull.”

“It was great to see the reaction tonight, it was spot on,  and we need to take that to Everton on Monday night.”

“We were more solid tonight and I thought Tiote had a lot to do with that, he was back to near his best tonight.”

“I thought he was a lot more comfortable in possession than last year.”  He looks more about himself and I’m looking for a big season from Cheick.”

Cheick did have a good game last night and he was buzzing around in midfield, and he seems to react well when his place is under pressure, but there were a number of good performances from the lads.

That was the fourth win in the last five games, and our fourth clean sheet in the last seven games, so apart from the terrible let-down at Hull last Saturday and on the first day of the season at the Etihad Stadium, we’ve done quite well.

It’s Manchester City at home in the next round – the 4th round –  and that will be a tough game.

But we are also due a win against City, so with a sell-out crowd for that game, we could even get through to the quarter finals.

Next up is Everton next Monday night in the league, and we need to get something out of that game, and it’s  against the only unbeaten side who so far this season in the Premier League – so there’s an incentive right there.

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