Newcastle fans may grumble about Alan Pardew as the Newcastle manager but since the Southampton disaster the Newcastle players have worked their socks off in each of the last four games, and today they just wouldn’t give up although Swansea manager Garry Monk will be unhappy they didn’t get the win after all the possession they had.
Papiss Cisse – another two good goals today
Alan Pardew was pleased with the obvious determination and fight from his players who were second best today,m but still came away with a point – and with a little luck we could even have snatched the win – even though we didn’t deserve all 3 points – but that’s what happens when your players just don’t give up.
And Alan thinks we could get our season up and running – if we can win against Leicester City at home:
“One thing you have to analyse when you’re a football manager is ‘Is the team giving you everything?’,” “I don’t think our worst critic could argue against that today. They gave me everything.¨
¨We would like to have a little more confidence in the team. We would like to have a bit more flair. But that will come if we can get a win. We’re probably a better team than we’re showing at the moment.¨
“When Swansea take the lead, it’s very difficult to claw it back because they keep possession so well. But we showed so much character today and fire in our bellies.
“We were determined to try to win the game. And in the end, I think that was evident. At two-all, the game was going from one end to the other. That’s not really what you do when you’re away from home but we wanted to win today, we wanted to really push for it.”
“We’ve got to get our season up and running now.” “I don’t think I’ll ever get a boring fortnight at Newcastle. I haven’t had one since I’ve been there.” ¨Hopefully, I’ll look forward to our next home game as a win.
“We know there is tension in the stands and in the stadium and that isn’t going to go away in the short-term. What we must focus on is our performance and I think we got a little bit to lean on today. Hopefully, we can win the next game and we can all settle down.”
Alan Pardew has bought himself some time and his team some time, but now we have to go all out for a home win against Leicester City in two weeks time – and with better results the confidence of our players will increase.
It must have been a fiery baptism at Newcastle for our new players – but that will stand them in good stead for the future.
And finally a word of praise for the traveling Newcastle fans this afternoon – they were terrific – absolutely terrific – and especially in those last 20 minutes when Newcastle were pushing for the win.
After all – even with everything going on at Newcastle at the moment, it was still a good point for us today. 😀
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