There were a number of positives for Alan Pardew to take out of the game yesterday, and we’ll list just a few of them – but it was a game which will give our players a lot of confidence, especially the way our lads were so resolute in that second half – and deserved that little bit of luck in the last 20 minutes to take the point.
Paul Dummett – after scoring his goal yesterday
Here are four positives we took out of the game yesterday:
- Cheick Tiote had a very good game and is probably back to near his best form. And he made a decent job as Newcastle captain, and as we said earlier today, if this is the impact the captaincy has on his play, he should be the Newcastle vice-captain from now on.
- Paul Dummett again came on and got the job done for his home town club Newcastle, after Yanga-Mbiwa had been given his marching orders, and in that second half his positional play at center-back was good, and he did very well alongside Mike Williamson at the back.
- Yohan Cabaye apologized ro Newcastle fans for his antics at the beginning of the season, and said he would pay them back by what he does on the field. And that goal from nothing yesterday was simply magnificent, and long may Yohan be in the form he is at the moment – he was simply terrific yesterday for Newcastle.
- Every single Newcastle player – including the likes of Loic Remy who wasn’t in the game much, but would have slept well last night – ran their socks of for the cause. It was great to see the commitment, courage and resilience of the Newcastle side yesterday in the second half, when they were under so much adversity – they were simply great
Which are some of the other positives we didn’t list?
Sunderland have seven defeats and one draw in their first eight games, but this could still be a huge banana skin for Newcastle next Sunday – just like Hull City proved to be – and we must go all out to get all 3 points – but it will not be easy.
What do you think?