You’ve got to give it to the traveling Newcastle fans – we have always thought they were the real die-hard supporters of Newcastle United, as they travel all over the country to support the lads – and all credit goes to them.
A stressful looking Alan Pardew last night before the game at Selhurst Park
Some of the Newcastle displays away from home are an insult to those fans – like the game at Southampton – but not last night where our players showed tremendous character, guts and the will to win to get a famous win for Newcastle, after we had gone down to 10 men in extra time after the unlucky Mehdi Abeid picked up a soft yellow card – his second of the game after 00 minutes of play.
We also noticed that manager Alan Pardew looked to be stressed out a bit last night, although we suppose that is hardly surprising, given what’s happened over the last couple of weeks.
But it was a good win last night and will give the players confidence, and the manager had this to say about the traveling Newcastle fans and a certain 17 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong – who looked the part last night and set up the winning goal for another local lad – Paul Dummett:
“It’s always lovely to come back, I thought our fans were terrific, they made a conscious effort to support the team.” “They didn’t focus on my position too much, and I thank them for that.”
“Armstrong’s a player that excites us as a football club, I know England think highly of him,” “I’ve given debuts to a few good 17-year-olds, Noble, Shelvey, Oxlade-Chamberlain in terms of potential.¨
“Obviously those guys have fulfilled that and that’s what he’s got to do now.¨ “Adam showed a few moments that whetted the appetite and he’s got to move on from this.”
The way Adam quickly put over the right wing cross for Paul Dummett and placed it almost perfectly on the six yard line after 112 minutes of play, was great to see and much harder than it appeared.
17 year-old Adam Armstrong – good game last night
Certainly if Adam does start to come through this season, and he looked good last night, we shouldn’t have too much to worry about, because Adam scores goals as well as makes them.
It was a good performance from our lads last night, and credit goes out to all of them for fighting all the way – and never giving up.
We can win more games if the lads show that spirit regularly. 😀
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