Alan Pardew has his detractors at Newcastle, just like owner Mike Ashley and Director of Football Joe Kinnear have their detractors too, but Alan Pardew’s game plan on Saturday, after the side had gone into extra time on Wednesday night against Manchester City and lost, was almost perfect, and the players executed almost to perfection, apart from a few dodgy moments in the first half of the first half, but luckily fate was on our side – for a change.
Newcastle players celebrate with crowd after second goal clinched it
Loic Remy, the scorer, is in there somewhere
Alan Pardew had not allowed the players to train on Thursday or Friday, as they all rested up fafter their great efforts of Wednesday night. which ultimately came to nothing.
And in that first half, Pardew wanted the lads to conserve their energy, but defend solidly, which is essentially what they did. and we got to half time at 0-0, and the of course the rest is history.
This is how the manager explained it all to nufcTV:
“We decided to be a little bit more conservative in the first half because Chelsea can pull you around and you can run out of legs,”
“But we had decent energy and I knew we could play a lot better in the second half with the ball.” “We did that. Loic was transformed at half-time and that made a big difference.”
“That’s because we retrained the ball and started hurting them.” “It was huge for us because we put in a real shift and showed quality.” “That’s what our fans want to see: us play with heart and with a bit of quality.”
“And in the second half we did that.” “Our work rate, our commitment, our spirit and togetherness was great.” “And the players deserve a lot of credit. They took a lot of criticism this week and it isn’t easy, so fair play to them.”
Loic Remy got better and better as the second half progressed, after having a rather quiet first half, mainly because Newcastle were defending most of the time.
But he was a big threat to Chelsea after the break, and he finally scored after 88 minutes, after being set up quite brilliantly by a rejuvenated Vurnon Anita, who again made an inspired sub appearance for Newcastle.
And the players and the crowd simply went into orbit – because it was a fantastic win and a great performance from our lads.