Newcastle manager Pardew said after the game that the Newcastle team spirit was the thing that got us our best win of the season and plaudits from those knowledgeable in the game, as we came back big time in the second half and outscored and out fought Chelsea in front of almost a full house of 51,674.
Yoan Gouffran scored brilliant first goal
This is what a delighted Alan Pardew said after the game:
“We decided to be very cautious from the start, not let them play for us, and we perhaps let them have a bit too much possession and there wasn’t enough pressure on the ball,”
“But we knew second half we had enough to exert pressure and the crowd were getting behind us, and that’s exactly what happened.” “The goal came at a great time for us.”
“We’ve got a great spirit in the group. I think we’ve played well.” “We’ve had some moments where we’ve not been so great, but we’re together. I’m pleased for the club.”
“Today was about giving a message to our fans that we’re very much alive and kicking.” “And I’m pleased for everyone associated with Newcastle, it’s a big win for us.”
And Jose Mourinho has still not won a game at St. Jame’s Park and this was his second defeat and he also has two draws, and today was the first time Chelsea have conceded more than one goal in the league this season.
Jose was magnanimous after the game, as he said this to BT Sport:
“I think we deserved to lose,” “We had a couple of good chances to score the equalizer, but they were more in the game than us.”
“They fought more than us, were much more committed than us.” “They did much to win, and for sure they were the best team on the pitch.”
“I told the team at half time that I’ve been in the game for many, many years, and I was smelling what happened, because it was quite easy to play the first half.”
If Newcastle can play like this against the poorer sides in the league (Sunderland quickly comes to mind) then we can still do very well.
Make no mistake, this was a remarkable performance from Newcastle in the second half today – just ask the Chelsea manager. 😀