Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was a relieved man at 3:30 pm yesterday afternoon, as were a lot of fans, as Newcastle broke their seven and a half hour goal drought with Loic Remy scoring a great individual goal with just a minute left in added time.
Loic Remy scoring late winner
Alan Pardew has been under extreme pressure during Newcastle’s run of eight league games with only 4 points and one win, but all 3 points today got us to 40 points, and up one place to 8th position in the league.
That’s good news.
Alan Pardew had a go at the media after the game, as he had this to say:
“I thought the media have been a little bit miserable.” “A couple of stories were definitely aimed to put me under pressure.” “There is pressure enough in this job without having a couple of stories which were untrue. So I was telling them to cheer up and move on.”
“The recent bad run has put pressure on my staff and my team. I don’t feel comfortable with that, my staff being under pressure. “You can be very resilient as a manager but I was desperate to get a result for my team and our fans, who have had to be very patient.”
It would appear that the bad publicity has also been affecting the coaching staff and the players, and of course one of the reports in the Express over a week ago, said that Pardew had to win the game against Villa yesterday or be fired – but it was a rubbish story.
Newcastle were not great yesterday, but it was a fantastic win, and one of those games when the result was more important than the performance.
And surprisingly enough Newcastle are only 4 points off the pace we set two years ago, when after 27 games we had 44 points and finally finished up in 5th place on 65 points.
Newcastle need some good performances in the last eleven games left this season, to restore some pride to our club.
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