ALAN Pardew hailed Newcastle United’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford as one of the highlights of his three years at St James’s Park.
Yohan Cabaye’s second-half goal against Manchester United gave the club its first victory at the stadium in 41 years.
Pardew took charge at Newcastle in controversial circumstances three years ago today.
And there have been highs – and lows – in that time.
But Pardew feels Saturday’s historic victory at Old Trafford – the scene of so many defeats for the club over the past four decades – matches anything he has seen as Newcastle manager.
“In terms of my three years here, I would say this is right next to us beating Man United 3-0 at home, and the Chelsea performance away when Papiss (Demba Cisse) got that great goal,” Pardew said.
“It was so controlled. It was a pleasure to coach these players.”
Just three days earlier, Everton had won at Old Trafford by the same scoreline, and Pardew – who added Vurnon Anita to his midfield and dropped striker Shola Ameobi to the bench – felt his team had the right “psychology” to follow suit.
“I thought it was evident from the kick off,” he added. “We wouldn’t let them settle. We controlled long periods of the game.
“It was, in the end, about our psychology to win. That was evident throughout.”
he significance of the result wasn’t lost on Pardew, who was 10 when the club last won at Old Trafford.
“It’s a long time, isn’t it?” added Pardew.
“Sometimes when you get victories of this manner, it’s difficult to digest straight away, and obviously the headlines might be elsewhere, but I hope the players get credit for their performance.
“I could still hear our fans singing when I was down the tunnel. It’s a huge win for them.
“I knew our players were very conscious of those 41 years, and were determined to put that right, although it is easier said than done.”