A win against Manchester City on their own patch was a surprising to us as to anyone. We fully expected Manchester City to win this one – particularly having put out a pretty strong side.
But, dare we say, Newcastle look as if they might have a little bit of positive momentum after a really terrible last 12 months.
But it does seem, however, as if Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has used two good results to give himself some positive PR. He was quoted as saying that he knows what he’s doing after the result in the cup on Wednesday:
“I do know what I’m doing,” Pardew said. “I think I’ve had most of the scalps as Newcastle manager, maybe except Arsenal, and I look forward to playing them.”
Talk about premature. We would have liked to see little bit more humility from the man – something along the lines of:
‘these last two results have been more in keeping with the tradition of this great club, but we aren’t taking anything for granted after such an appauling and unacceptable run of results over the last year at Newcastle United.’
The fact is that two results alone aren’t going to disguise the fact that Newcastle have been massively under-performing for too long. Most chairmen would have sacked their manager on this form.
With injured players coming back Newcastle look to be going in the right direction.
But Alan Pardew could be a little bit more humble about the current situation considering the dross that the Newcastle faithful have suffered over the last year.
Newcastle fans: do you think Pardew is getting ahead of himself?