It must be very pleasing for a manager like Alan Pardew to see his team give such an accomplished performance yesterday, when the pressure was really on our lads.
Yohan Cabaye – after scoring yesterday
And before we scored that first goal, Newcastle maybe looked a little tentative in the build up, and the TV commentators were saying such daft things like the pressure was getting to the Newcastle players.
But then after two great goals in just four minutes, we didn’t hear them say that for the rest of the game, as Newcastle were quite easily the better side yesterday at St. James’ Park.
Alan Pardew has given a multitude of interviews since the game finished yesterday, and he will be in great demand after his side won their 6th game in a row:
“To win six on the trot is truly outstanding from the players, they’ll get a few plaudits this week and they deserve them.” “We were accomplished yesterday.”
” I think it was one of those games where you really needed to focus because Stoke have got great players.” “We did – we were focused from the start and when we got the first goal, which was a great bit of skill from Hatem and a fantastic header from Cisse.”
“It set us up.” “We looked comfortable from that moment. We haven’t sent a message out, we’re just doing what we do.” “Our work ethic was the same, it was our four-pronged attack that won us the game. That’s Hatem, Yohan, Demba and Papiss.”
“They really were in irrepressible form at times. That gives you a chance in games.” “We now go to Wigan, who got a tough result on Saturday, that’s the next hurdle for us.” “Cabaye was simply terrific. He scored two great goals but perhaps his pass was better than his goals,”
“I was on the sidelines and I didn’t even see that run. He’s having to manoeuvre the ball with players left, right and centre so to find that pass is exquisite.” “It was a good finish by the way, but that will have to go down as one of the best passes I have seen at this stadium.”
It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Newcastle can get their 7th win in a row at the DW Stadium next Saturday, but Newcastle will need to be ready to fight and scrap for every single ball.
That’s something the Spurs players didn’t show yesterday at QPR, and they paid the penalty, as the newly promoted side deserved their 3 points with a 1-0 victory.
Keeping the Newcastle players’ feet on the ground will be important for Alan Pardew over the next four games, but the lads will be trying to pick up as many points as possible in that final run-in to the season.
We will also need a number of players in top form in those games, if we are indeed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2003.
Howay The Lads!!