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?