Alan Pardew is too savvy to know the pressure is off him, even with three successive wins in 11 days, but certainly Newcastle have played much better in these last three games and we went head to head last night with Manchester City on their home turf in the Capital One Cup, and came away with a fantastic win.
Young Newcastle fans last night celebrate victory
Newcastle now have a tough game at White Hart Lane to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, and we must stand a reasonably decent chance of being able to do that.
A proud Alan Pardew had this to say after the game, and he talked about being under pressure on Tyneside:
“The last time I was in a quarter-final was against Benfica. We narrowly lost that.” “We will try to make sure we win this win.”
“We just needed belief. The victories have given us that.” “That is the question we have asked.” “We believed we could win and it was shown at the finish.”
“It is a difficult question (has pressure been relieved) because I am in a position where some managers do not get time.” “Some of the managers in the Championship, the decisions have been a disgrace.”
“Maybe Sam Allardyce and I have more experience and have been given more time. We believe in what we do, but young players will take time to settle.”
“We have been terrific in the last 10 days and I couldn’t ask for more.”
Now Newcastle need to get back to earth for what is going to be a very difficult game in the early kick-off game on Saturday, and we suppose Alan will give his press conference today for that game.
But players like Tim Krul, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Ayoze Perez, Remy Cabella and Yoan Gouffran played no part last night, and will be fresh for the Liverpool game.
We don’t know if Cheick Tiote. Mike Williamson or Papiss Cisse will be fit – but probably not.
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