Alan Pardew is known for his powers of persuasion and that he can inspire players to give of their best, and we’d still love to know exactly what he said at half time in that Arsenal home game in February of 2011, when we were 4-0 down and came back to get that fantastic 4-4 draw.
Loic Remy after scoring sensational second Newcastle goal
It seems that after a decent first half performance against Chelsea on Saturday Pardew wanted the side to attack more and to try to win the game, after trying to contain Chelsea and conserve energy in that first half.
Loic Remy was not prominent in the first half at all, but cam more and more into the game in the second half and of course scored the clincher – his sixth goal of the season and our second goal after 88 minutes on Saturday.
Loic confessed Alan had talked to him at the break:
“It’s just a question of confidence. I’m confident at the moment. Everybody talks to me, even the gaffer at half-time of this game, he spoke to me and said ‘come on, you can do better.” “I know your level, you need to up your level a little bit’ and that’s what I did.”
“In France, if you have Paris Saint Germain against the bottom club they would have a 90% chance of winning. In England, it is different. When I arrived, I was very surprised, because the team at the bottom can beat the big team. That is how alive this league is. You just never know.”
“Before I came here I heard about the Newcastle fans, the atmosphere and what it means for the club, but I didn’t really understand until I felt it on the pitch. When you get a big win like this … wow. ” I play football to have these kinds of moments. It is very good.”
That’s well said by Loic Remy, and of course Newcastle fans live for games like Saturday’s, when we were better than one of the top sides in Europe in the second half – and that certainly shocked us – we were so good it was unbelievable.
And if we can play like we did on Saturday, after playing extra time against Manchester City on the previous Wednesday, all we need is some consistency, and we could do very well this season in the league.
What do you think?