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Stoke v Newcastle: Pardew hands all plaudits to the team

November 1st, 2011 | 84 Comments |

Stoke v Newcastle 2011 - Demba Ba hat-trick sees magpies win.
Plenty to be happy about
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew gives all the kudos to the team for yesterday’s win at Stoke whilst Tony Pulis is somewhat less generous.

Yesterday’s game could arguably be seen as our biggest test of the season so far and we passed it with flying colours. Alan Pardew, however, refuses to take much credit for the win and instead prefers to praise the players. Pardew said:

The players have to take great credit. You can have a game-plan of what you want to do but by the same token, players have got to be brave enough to see it out. And we showed some bravery. Absolutely brilliant, some of our players tonight.

You’ve got to be brave, and we were brave at their throw-ins. We left two up and that caused them some problems on the break a couple of times.

Sometimes you’ve got to change the emphasis of a game and we did that well – in the second half, not so well and that’s why we came under pressure.

Having said that, it was a soft penalty that they got, I thought. But at least the ref was consistent because we got a soft one too!(more…)