Pardew eyes top-10 finish

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says his side will now look to challenge for a top-half finish but admits they were fortunate against Stoke City.

Last Updated: 11/03/13 at 09:02 Post Comment

Stoke took the lead at St James' Park through a Jon Walters penalty just after the hour, but Newcastle won it 2-1 thanks to Yohan Cabaye and a last-gasp strike from Papiss Cisse, and are now 13th in the table.

"It was a very important win for us, because it jumps us right up the Premier League and gives us a chance to attack the top ten," Pardew told Sky Sports.

"But we were fortunate in some ways, Stoke came here and were excellent today and that was as good a defensive display as you will see.

"They stopped us playing and made it very difficult and we kept plugging away, asking different questions and in the end it was a pass through the eye of the needle from [Sylvain] Marveaux that got us the goal."

Pardew was full of praise for Marveaux, who he says is unlucky not to be in the team after returning from injury.

"The team has done well in his absence and he is knocking on the door and he sparked us in that last little bit and it was massive," he said.

"Stoke were a threat all afternoon from set plays, they are giants and you have to be big and strong which we were and I thought Steven Taylor was England standard today. It is a brilliant win for us - a massive win."

Pardew said his team took 45 minutes to get going following the trip to Russia earlier in the week when they faced Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League.

"Sometimes it is not physical, but a mental tiredness and I thought we were slow. But I thought we brightened up," said Pardew.

The Newcastle boss now hopes that his side can have a big night against Anzhi on Thursday.

"It has been a cold week and we all have our thermals still on and hopefully we will warm up for Thursday. This will set us up and I hope our fans respond and we have a big night and performance."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

Footer 365

Bomb threat confirmed on FIFA election day in Zurich

A bomb threat and a political protest have disrupted FIFA's congress on the day Sepp Blatter's critics hope will signal his exit.

Jack Warner hits out at USA after being charged in corruption case

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has hit out at the United States after he was charged in a US corruption case.

FA chairman Greg Dyke calls for possible Russia 2018 boycott

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants UEFA nations to consider pulling out of the World Cup finals in Russia in three years' time.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company