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Alan Pardew ‘A Great Performance And Shola Has Got A Glint In His Eye’

8 years ago
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When I saw Alan Pardew’s comments on Sky after the match, I was quite heartened by the fact that he didn’t go over the top about the performance.

Newcastle were playing a team that are one of the favourites to drop into the Conference and while of course it is a relief to get through, anybody who watched the match will tell you that the scoreline massively flatters Newcastle as the home side were the better team for most of the match.

This though is what Alan Pardew said to the club’s official TV channel after the final whistle;

“I said to the players, we are live on Sky, so go and show how good you are.

First 30 minutes we struggled, we didn’t really have enough power on the pitch and I felt for Haris (Vuckic) and Gouff. They are a big physical team, they wouldn’t let us play, they were all over us – but we did well to get through to half-time at 0-0.

The second half with Shola on, we had a bit more presence. I had to sacrifice Gouff or Haris and I chose Haris, we looked all the better for it. A bit of quality off the bench helped because Hatem showed a couple of lovely moments. A great performance and it has taken a bit of pressure off us, our first goal and our first win.

I did feel we had some really good chances, Shoals had a chance that 9 times out 10 you think he would score but blazed it over and then he did get his goal.

Sammy gave a really accomplished performance, both defensively and offensively – a reward for all the work we have put into him. Really pleased for him that scored a great goal.

They are lovely kids, both came through the system here, I think Shola has got a glint in his eye with the Nigerian situation and that is benefitting us.

I though it took him (Curtis Good) a little while to get settled, he’s got a sweet left foot which balances us up at centre-half. I thought he was terrific second half and he can be really pleased that he has made his mark in his first game.”

I did think Good was excellent and one of the few showing any composure. It has to be a big worry that the likes of Vuckic and Gouffran were so anonymous against such limited opposition.

I’d agree with Alan Pardew that Shola made a difference but as for him scoring that easy chance 9 times out of ten…

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