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Pardew: Great Night For The Club

7 April 2015


Alan Pardew praised an excellent performance from his team that lifted the side to eleventh in the top flight following the 2-1 home victory against the reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City.  

"I am absolutely thrilled, what a great night for everyone. The fans were superb from the start and most importantly we got the first goal in this game because it would have been difficult to get back into it. At the same time we managed to keep the great atmosphere going in the stadium throughout the night.


"We showed great character, resilience and even though it was like a scary night at the movies at times I don’t mind a scary film every so often.


"Our two wide players had to show the other side of their game tonight and they did it well, they protected us, got in the areas where they had to work hard and showed what they can do from that point of view. They didn’t have many offensive moments but when you are playing Manchester City and in particular after they have conceded the first goal they just keep coming, once we got a second we knew they were going to just keep attacking. We defended brilliantly as a team and it took a top goal for us not to get a clean sheet."


Glenn Murray got the opening goal of the night with his fifth Premier League effort of the season but apart from that the boss felt he gave a real display that really displayed his quality. 

  

"We said to Glenn, you might need to buy us fouls, work hard, and I thought he gave an exceptional performance, forget about his goal, it was a real lesson in how to play the No.9 role.

 

"He had a terrible time with injuries - he should have been a Premier League player years ago - so I'm pleased for him that he's getting the reward for the quality that he has."


This result continued a great run for the side and kept the momentum going as survival in the top flight was as good as secured for another season.

 

"It is difficult to win three games on the trot in the Premier League but we have done that we wins at home against QPR and Man City and a victory on the road at Stoke City. All three are tough games and nine important points is magnificent for us.  


"Our usual resilience was in evidence tonight but it was a bit more than that as we had to pull on our reserves of energy to get through but a great night for the football club and a result that more or less guarantees Premier League football."


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