In what was an emotional game for Newcastle United and the fans at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, and the Magpies rolled out good 4-0 winners against Sydney FC today, in what was to be a tribute to our two lost fans – John Alder and Liam Sweeney.
Alan Pardew about to lay a wreath for our two fallen fans
The two dedicated Newcastle supporters were part of last Thursday’s Malaysia Airlines tragedy, while they were on their way to New Zealand to support the club on their pre-season tour down under.
Newcastle played very well in this game, and were much the better side as they went 3-0 up by half time, and it could have been an even bigger victory on the night.
Alan Pardew and Fabricio Coloccini laid wreaths on John and Liam’s seats before the game started.
This is what Pardew said on the Newcastle web-site after the game:
“I was very pleased.” “We started with a very strong side, particularly in memory of John and Liam – I thought that was only right.¨ “It was important that we paid our respects. John and Liam were not just ordinary fans – they were a litte bit special in their support of us.¨
“They were coming out here to watch us, all the way to New Zealand, and we had to make sure that their memory was in this stadium.¨ “We got off to the perfect start, were gifted a goal, and from then on we were in total control.¨
“It was nice to see the new boys all contribute in a really positive way. It’s obvious we have more offensive options now with the arrival of Riviere, Siem and Ayoze.¨ “All three were terrific and Jack’s energy in midfield was great for us too.¨
¨That really got us playing and on the front foot.¨ “It was a good night on the pitch and one where we can be proud of how we conducted ourselves off it too.”
It was a very good win for our lads, and Alan’s right that the new boys looked very good – and it’s so far so good in the transfer market this summer.
In short – it was a very good display and a very good result when it really mattered.
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