Newcastle were the better side in the first half on Saturday , and should have been a couple of goals up at the break, but as Southampton have proved this season, they never give up and they came back well in the second half and were the better side in the final; 45 minutes, so we suppose a 1-1 draw was a fair result.
Alan Pardew - we could be a great side (maybe)
But Loic Remy still managed to miss a couple of gilt edged chances for Newcastle, which he usually buries, so we were a little disappointed we couldn’t get all three points.
And in that second half there were chants of “Alan Pardew’s Black and White Army”, which have rarely been heard at St. James’ Park, during the three years Alan has been at the helm.
But when you beat Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United, almost in successive games, that’s what can happen at Newcastle,
Alan Pardew was asked about the chants after the game:
“You might have heard that,” “But it’s not about self-gratification for me, the team’s been brilliant.” “We’ve proved our consistency, that we’re a good side,”
“Whether we can be a great side, we’ll have to wait and see. We already have one more point than we did at this stage of the season two years ago when we ended up finishing fifth.”
You’ve got to give Alan Pardew some credit, after a contingent of fans wanted him out of the club after the second Sunderland defeat in a row, and we wont even mention the trouble we had last season fighting relegation.
But since the Sunderland loss, we were unlucky to lose against Manchester City in the League Cup, and in the league we have played seven games and gained a very good 16 points, with five wins and a draw, and are now 6th top of the league.
So it remains to be seen if the current squad can prove they are a great side, and keep pushing to get as high as possible in the league table.
And we should always remember that every single Premier League game is difficult, and the next two – at Crystal Palace and at home to Stoke City – are just as difficult as those against the Chelseas and Manchester Uniteds of the league.
We’ll be doing very well indeed if we can pick up two wins in the next couple of games.
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