It’s not surprising that Alan Pardew has come out and praised his team for today’s stellar performance, after we went down to 10 men just before the break, when Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa conceded a penalty when he brought down Luis Suarez in the box and was sent off.
Yohan Cabaye scoring first goal today
Newcastle battled their way to an excellent point in the second half, and young Paul Dummett came in at center-back for Mapou and didn’t look out of place at all, and he will very likely start the game in central defense at Sunderland next Sunday afternoon.
This is what Alan Pardew told the BBC after the game:
“I thought it was great advertisement for the Premier League. In the opening period of the game, when we had 11 players, we were matching them.”
“Then we had the guy sent off and I have no qualms about that, he had to go.” “So we had to show our other side – the resilience. We showed it before against Cardiff and we showed it against Liverpool.
“It was a great game on the pitch there as real quality.”
There were many positives to take out of the game, and in the first half Newcastle were the better team and Yohan Cabaye scored a fantastic goal, but the Yanga-Mbiwa sending off obviously changed the game.
And strangely enough we had talked this morning about Mapou being an important man, and that the result could rest on his shoulders – but his sending off means that Mapou just has to get to grips with things in the Premier League, and of course he now misses the next three games.
That should give Dummett a big chance – and we hope he takes it.