Alan Pardew seemed a pleased man after the 2-2 draw against Hull City and it was the first time in the last three attempts in this fixture that we didn’t lose the game.
Alan Pardew cannot believe his luck as Cisse equalizes late in the game
We lost this game 3-2 last season after being 2-1 up at half time, and back in 2008, in the first game after Kevin Keegan had left the club we lost 2-1.
And that season turned out to be a relegation season for us, and before that game there had been demonstrations against Mike Ashley – who later agreed to try to sell the club.
Yesterday, there were organized demonstrations against the manager Pardew, but they didn’t come to much, probably because the lads were giving their all yesterday and showed a lot of heart, even when we were 2-0 down with less than 20 minutes to play.
After the game Alan Pardew made it clear you have to be able to put up with criticism at Newcastle:
“We set ourselves up for criticism at Southampton.. There are two things: either don’t handle it and don’t play for this football club, or handle it. We came through it here.”
“I have to say thank you to them for that. A big section took a neutral position. I don’t expect them to support me, but they took the view of loving their football club. I think we did enough on the pitch to win a few friends.”
The pressure on Alan Pardew was lifted a little bit yesterday, but a defeat in our next game at Stoke a week tomorrow night, will see the pressure back on, and there are still lots of fans who want him fired.
There will be demonstrations again at Stoke, and with it being a Monday night game, that’s what it will be all about – the SACK PARDEW campaign – the media just loves this stuff.
But on the positive side of things, some of our new players showed they are up for the fight on Tyneside, and their first few games for the club must have been difficult – especially for the younger players.
But as Alan Pardew has said, this is Newcastle, and it’s not easy to play for the club – unless you are strong mentally and can take the heat and the criticism.
The lads will be starting to realize that now, and also that it’s even more difficult for a manager, when things are not going well.
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