Alan Pardew was simply delighted after the game, and it wasn’t because the lads had pout in a vintage performance, but ground out an expected win at home against Norwich City, and that’s after beating Chelsea at home and Tottenham away for three wins in a row for the first time since our 5th top season a couple of years ago.
Loic Remy scoring first goal after 2 minutes
And the important words there are expected win – because Newcastle have not always been able to beat teams we are expected to beat – simply because the team is too inconsistent.
Good teams grind out wins – even when they are not in top form, and that’s basically what Newcastle achieved on Saturday against st Chris Hughton’s side, who were a step down in class from this Newcastle side.
Alan thought some of the lads were a bit tired in that tough second half:
“I thought we looked a little bit tired in the second half because of all the players who had been away on international duty and when you are 2-0 up at half-time, it’s easy to lean on that a little bit.”
“But we still defended very well and had numerous chances to wrap it up, but the most important objective today was the win, and we got the job done.” “We had a tricky last ten minutes but prior to that I thought we were comfortable.”
“You can get a bit lackadaisical in your play at 2-0 and I don’t think we were as good in possession as we were in the last couple of games.”
West Brom is another good test for the lads next Saturday and West Brom play tonight at home to Aston Villa, so that’s a good game to watch, but Steve Clarke has made West Brom into a good side, in just over a season in charge at The Hawthorns.
And we wouldn’t be surprised if manager Alan Pardew is at that game tonight.
The fact they should have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge just over a week ago, but for a ridiculous decision late in added time by referee Mike Riley, who apologized for his mistake – and Jose Mourinho was none too pleased about that.
But the West Brom display shows that it will be a very tough game for our lads this Saturday.
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