What a game. I can safely say that despite the result and the slightly below-par performance from our players. The pressure was tangible and although there wasn’t cause for cheer, you have to appreciate football at times like this when it invokes so much passion.
Newcastle lost to the best team on the day, and probably the best team in the league. But the fact that we held them for 70 minutes and only succumbed to a touch of class from the magnificent Yaya Toure is commendable and the team thoroughly deserved our adoration after the final whistle.
Despite the disappointment of not taking the chance for third, this season is still not over. Next week, we go to Merseyside to take on an Everton team that will be tough to break down on the evidence of their recent form. But as Pardew iterated in his post-match comment, the toon have nothing to lose and I’m sure we will see a performance full of vigour and determination from our boys.
Alan Pardew will have the team focussed soley on our own game. As for the other two, Tottenham’s game against Fulham is not as easy as it seems and I can see the away side nicking a draw there. Arsenal have a tough away game at West Brom and it will be interesting to see how the players perform for Roy Hodgson in his last game in charge. Let’s hope they’re in the mood to give him a hero’s send off.
Whatever happens, the team has done the fans, the city and Sir Bobby proud all season!!