Newcastle have won six of their last eight league games, and we have 19 points from the last 24 points up for grabs, and today the Magpies strolled to an easy 3-0 win against Crystal Palace.
Ben Arfa - after scoring form penalty spot today to make it 3-0
And after the game a very happy Alan Pardew thought his players were terrific, and certainly we played very well in poor conditions at Selhurst Park, as the rain continually poured down.
This is what Alan Pardew told BBC Sport immediately after the game:
“Not many teams are going to come here and win 3-0.” “I’m delighted with the players – they were terrific.” ”The key was to control possession and make sure ball didn’t come into our box. It’s not always easy on this pitch and in these conditions.”
“Yohan Cabaye made a difference. His contribution was important – he gave us the X-Factor. Hatem Ben Arfa gave us that. Fab Coloccini and Mathieu Debuchy were immense as was Cheick Tiote.”
“I don’t put Cabaye above the others. Five wins away says we have good spirit. It’s difficult to break us down and we score goals in open play. We could do a little better on set-plays.”
We thought this would be a tough game for the lads, but it wasn’t, and Newcastle gave a very professional display and got all 3 points, and they deserved the win to get us off to a good start to the Christmas batch of games.
We are on 30 points from 17 games and that’s 3 points better than we were two years ago after 17 games, when we had just lost 3-2 at home to West Brom, but we still finished that season in 5th place.
And another clean sheet today also has to be pleasing to manager Pardew.
Next up are Stoke at home on Boxing Day, and they beat Aston Villa 2-1 at home today, but they are not good on the road, and have only one win and two draws from their eight away games so far this season.
Newcastle are flying high right now, and that was our 6th win in the last eight, and now the only thing that matters is that we make that 7 wins in nine on Thursday afternoon.
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