If there’s a good time o put in a good display and get a win, it’s the game before the two week International, because if you lose and play poorly in that game, it’s a long time before the team can make amends.
Alan Pardew – best we’ve played under me
And if you play well and win, like Newcastle did yesterday, we can now start thinking for the next two weeks that we may even have a good side this season.
Alan Pardew has said that not only was the first half the best we have played this season, but it’s the best we’ve very played since Alan took over from Chris Hughton almost three years go.
This is what the Newcastle manager said in the Chronicle today:
“It was an important win because we let ourselves down as a group on Monday night. We put that right today.”
“It was a terrific display. The first half, I thought, was as good as I have seen us play as Newcastle manager, and that goes right back to the period when we finished fifth.”
“We locked then in, had a more offensive look to us, and while we didn’t play as well in the second half, we at least showed some resilience. We showed that when the home team come at us, we can cope with it.”
“At the moment, one mistake costs us a goal. We lost a header on the halfway line and I knew it was going to end in a goal. That happens sometimes to a team.”
“I am really pleased with the whole product, how they conducted themselves and how the players that were left out conducted themselves.” “It’s been a good day for us.”
“We should have had a penalty and our first-half display maybe merited a third goal. But Malky Mackay did a good job at half-time because they gave us more problems.”
It’s a very good sign that there is no bad feelings from the players who were left out of the team yesterday, and the team spirit must be very good.
And after all, the results are what’s important in this game, and there will be plenty of opportunities for those left out to fight their way back into the side, much like Mike Williamson has already done this season.
It was a great result yesterday, but we need to now keep up this good form – and it’s Liverpool at home in two weeks time – but until then we can feel good about things.
Howay The Lads!!
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