Newcastle redeemed themselves this afternoon, from the awful first half showing at Everton on Monday night, by putting on probably their best 45 minutes of football of the season in the first half at Cardiff City today, and we could easily have been 4-0 up at the half and would have deserved to be too.
Mike Williamson – another solid performance from the center-back today
Before the superb Loic Remy scored his two excellent goals after 30 minutes and 38 minutes Newcastle had four gilt-edged chances that we failed to put away.
But hey, we’re not complaining and we’ll take the win, and in the last five league games, Newcastle have 9 points and three wins, which is not bad at all.
Alan Pardew was quite calm after such an important win, and he had this to say after the game:
“It’s a shame we weren’t at home because the first half our fans would have been drooling. We really were very, very good.”
“The second half wasn’t as good, we didn’t reach the levels of the first half, but we had to show a different side to us, the resilience to dig in because that’s what we’ve lacked in games.”
“When Man City had a good period we didn’t cope with that very well, and when Everton had a really hot period. But Cardiff had that today and we coped with it better and that bodes well.”
Newcastle did quite well in the second half, but after Peter Odemwingie scored a poor goal from Newcastle’s viewpoint, and former Newcastle forward Craig Bellamy came on as a sub, Cardiff seemed to have all the momentum.
But a strong game from Mike Williamson today helped to stem the tide, and Mike again played well at the back, and won some big headers in the penalty box – and this lad has never got the credit he deserves – he’s better player than a lot of us give him credit for.
And with a player like Loic Remy in the side, what a player this lad is, and with Yoan Gouffran again looking sharp, we just need Papiss Cisse to hit some form, and we could score many goals this season.
But the challenge for Newcastle it to keep tightening up on defense, because in our first seven league games we’ve conceded 12 goals, and that’s far too many.
But an excellent win for the lads today – there’ no doubt about that – and they did exactly what they had to do, after that horror show earlier in the week.
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