Just a quick note to let you know that my latest piece for metro.co.uk” has now been published.
Entitled “Alan Pardew says the funniest things sometimes,” it is a brief (they’re only supposed to be around 500 words in there) reflection on some of Pardew’s words after Newcastle’s victory against Stoke, where he marked the cards of foolish romantics who prattle on about how teams need a “fantastic spirit” to win a game once they’ve gone behind. Instead, he insisted that only teams with “world class players” like Yohan Cabaye can change a game once they are a goal behind.
Just to refresh your memory, his exact words were:
“People get them mixed up sometimes, they talk about the spirit of the side and ‘You must have a fantastic spirit to come back from a goal down’.
“You need world-class players.
“You need a world-class player to put that in the top corner from that free-kick to give you a foundation to win the game.”
Hope you like it (though possibly not!).