There were many positives that Alan Pardew can take out of this win today against a Chelsea side, whose nine game unbeaten streak was ended bu a Newcastle side who were simply excellent in the second half.
Yohan Cabaye – a top top player
And it was interesting before Yohan Cabaye took the free kick on 68 minutes that resulted in Yoan Gouffran (what a buy this lad has been) headed home to put Newcastle had, Cabaye was in consultation with the manager on the touch-line.
This is what Alan said after the game:
“I just asked him to hit it on the back of their back four with shape and a bit of pace because we weren’t really getting any joy from balls going into their box.”
“He went for glory, really, but he executed it on the money and I am not going to try to take any credit for that.” (but I just thought I’d mention it).” “You have to be a top, top player to hit that ball in, and Gouff connected brilliantly and gave us a platform then.”
“I’d like to think we could have had three more points. That would have put us in a great position and we have got to try to make that up in the next 10 games if we can.”
“But I do think we have played some really good football. I wouldn’t say we were brilliant in the first half, but in the second half, we were very good today.”
Alan’s right that we played great in the second half, as the game opened up, and the first half wasn’t unlike the first 90 minutes against Manchester City, where Newcastle were solid at the back and hung in there.
In the second half Newcastle went on the attack and we looked a good side going forward, and scored two very good goals to win the game.
And Sunderland were back to their losing ways today, as they went down 1-0 at Hull, after having Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena both sent off for dangerous tackles in added time in the first half, when they were already 1-0 down. through an own goal by Carlos Cuellar.
Both players will now miss the next three games, and after beating Newcastle last time out, they really shot themselves in the foot today, and Newcastle are now 10 points above the Black Cats.