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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2 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I quite liked the midfield of Tiote Anita and Marvo last night.
    With Tiote and anita playing a more holding midfield role it allowed Marvo to be the play maker – Don’t know if it would work in Premier.
    I was more impressed with the Dummett, Sammi link up down the left – set up the first goal with two first time balls ligtning quick move strike. But when Dummett went forward Sammi came back and acted as the full back which we failed to do
    Maybe HBA could learn from Sammi .
    Also mention for ‘Iron Mike’ stepped in last night and played well kept it simple and was also available for a pass out from Krul.

    Who does Pardew start upfront as I thought Goufran had another good game and capped it off with a very good goal.

    Krul has GOT to work on his distribution poor again last night

    Good atmosphere last night made by thye Leeds fans weho were outstanding in their support.

    And nice minutes applause on the 11th minute for Garry Speed.


    Sep 26, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #2

    We needed that win to heal after Hull and now it’s Everton and another Ben Arfa pile driver and it’s grins all around


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