The news over the weekend was that for the first time ever it seems, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley went into the dressing room after the game to congratulate the manager and the players on their first league win of the season.
Mike Ashley on Saturday – a smiling owner
As we’ve mentioned before the very last thing Mike wants is to see Newcastle back in the Championship, and he will do anything possible to keep the team up this season, even if it means bringing several players in over the January transfer window.
And Mike was seen to be smiling during the game – maybe that’s a new PR ploy – because he was sitting next to PR man Keith Bishop.
This is some of what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“It was a surprise – we didn’t expect to see him,” ‘I teased him about the cheap telly and he took that in good spirits. We all had a bit of a laugh about it.”
“But he spent about 10 minutes congratulating everyone. If anyone has ever doubted his commitment you saw it there. He was as happy as any fan at the win.”
‘That is the first time since I have been here that he has been in the dressing-room straight after the game. It shows what that result meant to him.”
It was the result we wanted badly, but it was still a tough game, and even near the end of stoppage time, Leicester City came very close to getting the equalizer, much like Crystal Palace had done several weeks ago, when they equalized after five minutes of stoppage time.
But this time we held out and almost doubled our points total to 7 points from our first 8 games, which isn’t too bad given the terrible start we have made in the league this season, and it was our first league win since May 3rd.
On that day we beat Cardiff City 3-0 with two late goals, and that was our only win in the last eight league games of last season – we lost the other seven.
Newcastle were expected to beat Leicester City at home, but we will not be expected to win either of our next two league games – at Tottenham and at home to Liverpool.
The last thing we want in those two games is two defeats, and we must try to pick up points in both of those games..
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