Pardew: “Confidence is there for everyone to see”

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Pardew says confidence is high
Newcastle kept up the pressure on their Champions League rivals with an easy 3-0 victory over Stoke, and Alan Pardew was in bullish mood after the win.

Two goals from Yohan Cabaye sandwiched yet another strike from Papiss Cisse as The Magpies soared into fourth place in the Premier League at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur who lost 1-0 at Loftus Road last night.

However Pardew was quick to praise his players for their performance in his post-match press conference and admits that his side have the momentum and are brimming with confidence in the final few weeks of the season. Indeed anything less than a win for Everton at Old Trafford later today means that Newcastle are guaranteed at least a spot in the Europa League next season.

“Whatever we do now, it’s been an outstanding season but we haven’t lost sight of the fact that there is a chance for us to do something really special,” said Pardew.

“I’m pretty sure that Liverpool can’t catch us and to finish above them, regardless of their cup exploits, is outstanding.”

But what bout our Champions League attempt? Can we really do it? Have we got enough in the tank to pull off a shock and pip Spurs to that fourth place in the Premier League? Why not?

“We have got momentum and that’s a dangerous tool to have in your locker,” he said. “We are playing with confidence and we have got ourselves in a fantastic position, perhaps even better than we thought we might do. Confidence is there for everyone to see.”

“Everyone is contributing, this isn’t about one player or one person, it’s a combination of a lot of things that have gone on at this football club – from Mike Ashley down. Everybody deserves the credit they are getting.”

“Having said that, there are still four games to go and they are always the most important. The closer you get to the end, to win six on the trot is truly outstanding by the players and they will get a few plaudits this week,” Pardew concluded.

The amazing thing is that, technically anyway, Champions League qualification is in our own hands. All we have to do is match Tottenham’s and Chelsea’s results and we’ve done it. Sounds simple enough but then we do have four games to go – four tough games no less, although it has to be said that the other teams involved also have tough games.

The good news is that at the moment the team are playing with confidence and have seemingly have no fear. We also have players on form who will cause any team problems. Put that all together and you just never know.

Do you dare to dream?

53 thoughts on “Pardew: “Confidence is there for everyone to see”

  1. Outstanding. It’s all outstanding. The world is outstanding. What an outstanding weekend of football … hic … and its getting outstandinger by the minute.


  2. What we are doing is actually a strategy that Man U have done for years. They let the other horse take the lead and the initial pressure (in this case Man City) and they come powering down the final straight as the other team starts to bottle it and fall at the final hurdles. We seem to be doing that with Spurs, touch wood, but they have a track record of this in recent years. We have been able to quietly go about our business and laugh off the champions league tag; but the thing is the pressure will start to build now because we genuinely are in a position to get it. I don’t think Spurs will ‘win four in a row’ though so a couple of wins might be enough.


  3. Spurs next couple of games couldn’t be much better for us tbh, Blackburn and Bolton are fighting for their lives and in Rovers you have a team that has scored goals for fun this season against a fragile defence.
    It’s much better they are playing these teams than safe teams, Stoke yesterday was our easiest game of the season, Pulis is talking out his @rse. We didn’t have to get out of second gear.
    So we have had one breezy game in the space that Chelsea will have had 3 incredibly tiring games.
    All looking promising.


  4. @MG man on the previous thread.
    Hadn’t thought about that but yeah i think the final is a few days after they play us.
    Anyone know how long Drogba is out for?


  5. DJG

    I agree. Not only are Spurs broken(look at them after the final whistle yesterday), but they haven’t won an away game since mid December. They have two away games left and I don’t see them winning either. Two wins, a draw and defeat is what they will get I reckon.

    I really believe that a win and two draws from four games will see us fourth. Beating Wigan next week would take a massive step towards that.


  6. Yeah think i agree with you there Kid, draw against Chelsea is massively important.
    I actually think Everton away on the final day will be an easier game than Wigan. If we can get the win next game though it will be incredible, we’d be going into the final three games knowing just 1 win could secure CL.


  7. L’arse have

    Stoke away
    Norwich at home
    WBA away
    –so they’ve played one more than us–didn’t realize that.


    Blackburn at home
    Bolton away
    Villa away
    Fulham at home

    Barca away
    QPR at home
    some team called Newcastle at home
    Liverpool at Wembley
    Liverpool away
    Blackburn at home



  8. What struck me most in the Chelsea demolition of Spurs was that their two centre-halves were both past it, they couldn’t keep up. Sometimes a team can carry one centre half but not two. Plus the fact that Friedel is now 40+ and less mobile as well in the league games. They have relied on strong individual midfielders and strikers but when the chips are down they arn’t playing like a team, as we do.


  9. I don’t know if we can take too much from that Chelsea-Spurs game. After that farcical “goal” their heads fell and they gave up.

    Wait, maybe that’s your point. Nevermind. I just woke up.


  10. Right so we are wanting a Man Utd win now yes? If they win today, and win next weekend then the title will be decided and we will arguably stand a better chance against Man City.


  11. Cisse–what a kid. I just hope this golden boy image continues. I would be great to have a squeaky clean super-hero player like this for real.

    Though I await the near-inevitable “Cisse Arrested in Brothel Cocaine Orgy” or “Newcastle No. 9 Nails Nan at 90MPH.”


  12. ICE@16- That’s a smashing interview with him,he comes across as very humble and proud to wear the shirt, I love his family ethic too . That he doesn’t take his talent for granted but knows he has it for the greater good of others is a really nice attitude to life ,others could learn a lot from him . To be fair I don’t see one player at our club who would be on the wrong pages of the papers which makes a pleasent change .


  13. FSOTC, Cisse’s reaction to being offside for what should have been his second goal was absolute madness. What an example to professional footballers he is. I know we were comfortably winning but even still, he didn’t shout, scream, just acknowledged the decision and got on with it.


  14. Ice @ 16 – What a fantastic player and a fantastic human being! Proud to see him wear the no. 9 shirt!


  15. Solano @26- Exactly , I said the same to me dad this morning about his reaction to being called offside when it was debatable if he was. He oozes class that lad and so glad he’s our no .9. 😀


  16. Not to keen on playing the Toffees after watching that ,they look well tidy. And also our Citeh game suddenly just got a whole lot tastier.


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