Newcastle manager Alan Pardew must have been a relieved man at 5:00 pm today, after his side had finally won – after four successive defeats – and our first win since we hammered (excuse the pun) a nine man Stoke City side 5-1 on Boxing Day, after being second best in that first half.
Matt Taylor and Yohan Gouffran practicing some ballet moves today
Newcastle were dominant in the first half today, and should have gone in 2-0 up with goals from Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy, but two minutes into stoppage time the Newcastle defense lost their concentration and conceded a daft goal – the ball finally coming off Mike Williamson for an own goal.
West Ham came back well in the second half, but they didn’t take their chances, and Newcastle gained control again, with Yohan Cabaye topping off the victory with another brilliant goal – this time from a stunning free kick.
Alan Pardew was happy after the match and had this to say immediately after the game:
“I thought everyone played well, I thought they were excellent today.” “The first half was the platform for victory. West Ham were much better in the second.” “Carroll is important for Big Sam. He’s a terrific character. They were good in the second half.”
It’s a game on paper we were fancied to win today and we did, and we can win the next game at Norwich in 10 days time and then the home game against Sunderland on the following Saturday.
And we don’t want any 91 year-old records equaled in that game.
It’s been that length of time – since 1923 – that Sunderland last beat Newcastle three games on the trot.
Bottom line today – it was a great win for the lads.
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