After Chelsea scored to make it 2-1 on Saturday – those last 7 minutes of normal time plus a massive 6 minutes of added time when Newcastle were down to 10 men and hanging onto a 2-1 lead – was one of the most amazing back to the wall performances for a long time from a Newcastle side.
Alan Pardew on Saturday giving directions
Newcastle hung on for the win, urged on by a capacity crowd for another famous victory at St. James’ Park – against a great side, and the crowd were in no particular hurry to leave the stadium at the final whistle – as they applauded the great efforts of our players.
It’s a huge change from the mood on Tyneside after we had lost 1-0 at Stoke, and we had only three draws and three defeats in our first six league games.
But now in our 18 games in all competitions this season we have won 9, drawn 5 and lost 4 – which isn’t too bad at all – and we are in the last eight of the Capital One Cup for the first time in a long while.
After the game on Saturday Alan Pardew couldn’t quite believe how Newcastle held on under such adversity:
“It is the best day of the year because of the opposition, That was about character and discipline against probably the best team in Europe at the moment.”
“I saw them against Spurs and they gave them a bit of a hard time. We wouldn’t let that happen and we got our reward.”
“If someone had told me we were going to beat Chelsea and have six minutes of added time, they would have Didier Drogba, Diego Costa and all of them on the pitch and we would be down to 10 men – I wouldn’t have believed them.”
It was a good performance from Newcastle, and now we have the chance of another upset at the Emirates on Saturday – and come to think of it – it’s been a long time since we won at Arsenal.
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