Pardew thrilled with victory
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has praised his team for their all-around display in Monday's 3-1 away win over Stoke.
Last Updated: 01/11/11 9:38am
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has praised his team for their all-around display in Monday's 3-1 away win over Stoke City.
The Potters were expected to provide a stern test to the Magpies' hopes of maintaining their blistering start to the campaign, a test they passed with flying colours.
The visitors were in control before half-time thanks to Demba Ba's double and while Jon Walters pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the second half Ba's hat-trick settled the affair.
Stoke peppered Newcastle's penalty area with long throw-ins, crosses and long-balls and Pardew was delighted with how his troops handled the onslaught.
The likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all failed to win at Stoke this season and Pardew says it was quite an achievement for his side to claim all three points.
"We spoke before the game that on a pitch like this you're going to get a lot of balls in your box and you have to defend them and we did as a team tonight, tremendous spirit," Pardew told Sky Sports.
"I thought both penalties were a bit soft actually, but when it keeps going in there it's a tough decision for the referee. Everyone is pushing and barging.
"I was a little bit disappointed in the second half that we didn't control the game in the way that we should have. But you know the resilience of the team showed another side to us. We don't get 22 points without having different sides to our game.
"No one's won here. All the big teams have come and no one has won. It goes to show how good they are at what they do. Stoke had a strong wind behind them in the second half which helped them.
"They are a very, very good side and a side that we've got to beat at home if we can. They are a top team and will finish in the top ten.
"The disciplines we have in the team came through. We got a break here and there and we've ended up winning. We're coming into a tough run of games, but we're in a good position."
Pardew also reserved special praise for match-winner Ba, however, he did not think the striker had anything to prove - stating he has been on fire all season.
"Demba's played like that all year. He's been brilliant for us. He's a great player, he doesn't miss a day's training," he continued.
"I knew of him because of my connections at West Ham and very, very confident to bring him here."