Krul & Coloccini Hold NUFC Together
Alan Pardew, in my opinion, continues to do an incredible job in keeping his creaking team/squad from falling apart.
To lose Cabaye to suspension on the morning of the Blackburn match, on top of the missing Taylor, Tiote, Cissé, and Ba, would be enough to make a grown man cry.
However, if Alan Pardew was reduced to tears he did it in private and was obviously glowing after a tough three points were put on the board;
I’m delighted – we came through a few tests. We had some key players missing. Losing Cabaye in the morning was another hammer blow, and we wondered when our luck would turn.
But it turned tonight – we had a few breaks in the game. The first goal was fortunate. We had a penalty save. They had a couple of chances that perhaps could have gone in.
There must have been 80 balls that went in our box, so to get a clean sheet was absolutely brilliant”.
No doubt what our manager says and what he really thinks, will regularly not be the same thing, all part of a good man manager. He often praises ‘fringe’ players and is obviously trying valiantly to get the most he can out of players who patently aren’t good enough.
As it happens, Alan Pardew picked James Perch out for praise this time and he actually did ok in a midfield role and was quite tidy.
The reality is though that this victory probably came down to the contribution of three players; Coloccini and Tim Krul held our team together as best they could and made some outstanding saves and blocks, the other player being Yakubu who got himself suspended so Blackburn had nobody to stick it in the net!
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