Now that we know Newcastle can play like they did in that second half on Saturday, and even in the Manchester City game and the first half on Saturday, Newcastle showed some solidity in defense and held out, then if we can only become more professional and more consistent, Newcastle could have a very good season.
Alan Pardew directing traffic on Saturday with Mourinho in the background
Newcastle have more strength in depth than the last two seasons when we have players like Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita and others, who didn’t even start the game on Saturday.
Add to that the fact that four of the players we signed in January, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran all played a big part in the win, then it looks like last January’s signings could turn out to be top ones for the club.
The only one missing was 20 year-old left back Massadio Haidara, who was injured, and he played really well on Wednesday night in that first half, against a top winger in Jesús Navas.
Alan Pardew talked about the Chelsea game in the local press today:
“It was almost like a theater production.” “It started off slow and the songs weren’t particularly good at the start.” “Then at the end there was a crescendo.”
“That’s the way to win a game. I am chuffed for everybody here.” “This victory puts us in a position – roughly – where I thought we’d be.”
“I hoped for three more points than we have at the moment.” “But it is a good total.” “I think it is something to build on.” I’m pleased because we’ve worked hard and not really had a reward.”
“All of us have played a part,” “The most important thing is we have really good spirit.” “Sunderland was a bad, bad day but you have to pick yourself up and go again.”
“We’ve done that in a really good way and it bodes well for the future.”
What Newcastle have to do now after that fantastic display, is put in a similar performance at White Hart Lane on Sunday, in the early kick-off game, and make no mistake Spurs are a very good side with some excellent players, and they looked good in their 0-0 draw at Goodison Park yesterday.
It’s another big test for Newcastle, but the lads cannot get carried away by one good performance, and the goal is to keep putting those performances in against the good teams, the mediocre teams and the poor teams, and start picking up points.
If the lads can do that, we could just shock ourselves again this season, especially now we have a bigger and better squad than we had the last two seasons.