If Ben Arfa can become consistent, Remy does what he can and Cabaye can rediscover his form then there is a nucleus there to do well, but like I said in the close season; you have a very poor manager and what is the point of Joe Kinnear?
Never mind just a steady back four, Newcastle could well have their back seven sorted out for the forthcoming games unless injuries take their toll. There are some very encouraging signs on Tyneside that, despite the lack of investment over the summer, the club is moving in the right direction and Pardew did learn lessons last season.
Of course it helps having the players available to complement Cabaye in that pressing role and with Sissoko & Anita covering him, plus Remy bringing extra quality and an ability to retain possession, it was game on and it showed in the performance and result.
It may only be one win, it may only be one game, but the performance on and off the pitch had an extra special feeling to it yesterday. It began to feel like our club again and that truly is something to celebrate.