Alan Pardew ‘We Had To Climb A Mountain And The Players Were Magnificent For Me’
Alan Pardew has claimed that the players were ‘magnificent for him’ today as they fought back from two goals down.
The Newcastle manager admitting that saviour Papiss Cisse shouldn’t have even been on the bench after only training for three days.
“Today in a game we perhaps should have been leading, a mistake and a great hit, then a second goal completely out of the blue.
“We had to climb a mountain after that, the players were magnificent for me and I’d like to thanks them.
“I think it just goes to show you with Jonas’…Papiss’ celebrations; that you know football can bring you together and Jonas announcing his thing this week was a big factor, we really wanted to do something for Jonas, the team were terrific.
“Papiss has the experience and I feel sorry for Manu, Riviere had a chance or two today but it is difficult to come from where he is and then be leading number nine at this football club.
“We had no Papiss at the start and Manu had to start, we didn’t create a lot of chances for him and perhaps he needed a rest really.
“Really and truly Papiss has only trained three days, it is remarkable.
“But the training ground doesn’t lie to coaches or managers and we looked at each other and said we have to put him on the bench.
“He really shouldn’t have played today but luckily he did.
“Cheicky (Tiote) came to me and said ‘gaffer we are playing really well but can’t score’ and I said I’m going to stick Papiss on in a minute and he will.”
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