When you win all of your four league games in November, and in the process beat Chelsea at home and Tottenham away, then the manager can expect to be Manager of the Month – since it’s not many teams that can win four in a row these days in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew – we have to start another run
And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew got his due reward yesterday when he was made Barclay’s Manager of the Month for November, and as added bonus Tim Krul was the Player of the Month, after putting in one of the best performances seen by a goalkeeper for some time in the Premier League, when he was simply magnificent in Newcastle’s 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.
But that’s now all over and done with, and nobody can rest on their laurels – not in the Premier league anyway – and this is what Alan has said today in the local press:
“I think Shola said in the dressing room that run is done now.” “We can’t go back. We have to start another one. That’s exactly what you want to hear from your players.”
“We have a good spirit and have everybody fit. We will give Man United a good run for their money.” “I think the performance against Chelsea was the highlight.”
“I felt we deserved to win that game.” “We had good control of that game against a top team.” “The Spurs game I thought we played very well first half but did hang on in the second.”
“Obviously Tim won Player of the Month probably for that performance.” “It was a stand-out performance.” “Probably the best goalkeeping performance of the season.”
After being beaten by Swansea 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night, it doesn’t get any easier today with a trip to Old Trafford, where we haven’t won in 41 years.
And it would be just like Newcastle to shock everybody and come away with a win – and certainly if we can do that then Geordie spirits will be soaring again on Tyneside – and around the world for that matter.
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