Teams play well on some days and don’t play particularly well on other days, and that’s for a multitude of reasons, but the positive way to look at the game against Norwich City today is that we won, even though the lads didn’t play particularly well, and in the second half some of our players looked a bit tired with their World Cup efforts over the last couple of weeks.
Loic Remy – scores first goal after just two minutes
And Alan Pardew is keeping his feet on the ground after the third league win in a row, but Alan thinks this win is as good as the Chelsea win:
“I keep criticizing the press locally here in that when we win, we are a European team or whatever, and then when we lose, it’s the end of the world.” (So?)
“It’s just really truly about winning games, keeping our feet on the ground and seeing where we go. What we have got, though, is a really good group who were really committed to win today.”
“The only agenda I have set them, really and truly, was to win, there was no other agenda because this game is an easy game to lose today.” “You win against Chelsea, you go to Spurs and then Norwich turn up and you lose.”
“And we have sort of buried that a little bit, and I am really, really pleased.” “I am as pleased tonight as I was when we won at Spurs. I might not look it, but I am.”
It was difficult for Newcastle in the second half, as the lads labored and looked a bit tired in the last 45 minutes.
But Newcastle got the job done, let’s give credit where it’s due.
There can be no claims of tiredness next Saturday when we face a better team that the Canaries – West Brom – and although we won 2-1 last season in this game, with a freak late goal from Papiss Cisse, West Brom were the better side.
Newcastle need to be near their best next Saturday if we are to win again, but if our best team turns up – that’s just exactly what we can do.
Howay The Lads!!
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