A football match is for ninety minutes but it is individual moments of brilliance, or the opposite, that win and lose matches – Alan Pardew has pointed to a ‘strange moment’ that changed the course of Sunday’s game against Villa.

With just over ten minutes to go Villa made a quick break and had three on two just over ten yards from the United eighteen yard box, Alan Pardew takes up the story;

strange moment“Ironically it was a strange moment that lifted the crowd.

“They (Villa) are on the break, probably their biggest chance of the second half. Willo falls on the ball when he is intercepting it.

“It was a bit ugly but suddenly the crowd went mad and it lifted us.

“You could see it mentally lift us.”

“We probably just did enough today.

“It was nice to see the stadium buzzing at the end because they are very very patient with us and not a lot to cheer.”

Mike Williamson is riding high in our man of the match poll (still time to vote if you are quick – click HERE) and as the ball was slipped through by Benteke to leave his teammate one on one with Krul, Williamson manages to get something on the ball – mainly his backside!

The pass wasn’t the best but as the Newcastle manager says, it was a key moment and both fans and players clearly seemed to be lifted by that moment/let-off.

Then when it comes to moments winning and losing matches, we had Loic Remy at the other end to show his class in the final seconds.