It’s not often these days that a Newcastle side produces a display for the ages, but that’s what happened in the second half on Saturday afternoon, as Newcastle attacked Chelsea and won the game 2-0, and that was the second successive season we have beaten Chelsea at St. James’ Park, having taken them apart 3-2 in February – well kind of. 😀
A drenched Alan Pardew after the game on Saturday
So most fans have been celebrating what was a fantastic display by Newcastle – and we know that’s true because even Chelsea supremo Jose Mourinho was magnanimous and full of compliments for both the Newcastle team and the fans, after the game.
But it’s also true that unlike the previous two game that we lost against Sunderland and Manchester City, Newcastle got the breaks, especially in that first half when Chelsea were on top.
And one man who Alan picked out for special praise for his fantastic work effort and contribution to the game on Saturday was 27 year-old Yohan Gouffran:
“When you look at sides like Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, you say to yourself okay, your wide players nowadays need to work.” ‘They need to work really, really hard at the top level and you have to put him in that category.” “My goodness me, he worked his socks off.”
“He couldn’t move at the end when I subbed him, he literally couldn’t even walk out. It’s that kind of commitment, I think, our fans love.” “We are a working-class city and they love flair, but what they really, really want to see is that hard-working grind and a day’s work.”
“My goodness me, he did a day’s work today and more.”
Yoan has now played 28 times for Newcastle and has scored 6 important goals for the club, and if he keeps up his current form, it wouldn’t surprise us if he gets a call-up to the full French squad.