Following yesterday’s emphatic performance against Stoke, Alan Pardew talked about the possibility of NUFC to , “do something really special”.

Jose Mourinho was obviously the original ‘special one’ but I think in terms of relative resources Alan Pardew has done something just as…special.

As Pardew spoke after yesterday’s match you could see he had to struggle really hard not to break out into a massive smile, who can blame him a she reflects on the job he’s done so far. This is what he had to say:

“That is a big, big achievement by us, make no mistake. I am pretty sure Liverpool can’t catch us and to finish above them, regardless of their cup exploits, is still outstanding.

Whatever we do now, it’s an outstanding season. But of course, we haven’t lost sight of what the city hasn’t lost sight of.

You can feel it in the crowd, you can feel it in the city, that there’s a chance for us to do something really special, and we will go to Wigan and try to achieve that”.

I think the manager is barely concealing the excitement he clearly now shares with the fans and talk of it being great to finish above Liverpool (which it is of course!) is a token effort by Pardew to try and deflect some of the pressure that is sure to come Newcastle’s way now.

He was unable to resist mentioning the upcoming match at Wigan and that could well be where our Champions League credentials could stand or fall. Victory could well mean we have one step in the final top four depending how other results  go, if Newcastle taste defeat then it is definitely back into the melting pot when you take into account the other three remaining fixtures.

Previous to Saturday’s results, Newcastle were still seen as clear outsiders (by neutrals and the bookies) of the four teams jostling for third and fourth, even though we were two points ahead of Chelsea.

That has now been blown away and while Arsenal are still clear favourites with the bookies, Newcastle are now just behind Spurs as their fancies for top four and  Chelsea left trailing.

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