Alan Pardew insisted he would not settle for Newcastle finishing fifth in the Barclays Premier League after Papiss Cisse’s breathtaking brace kept them in the hunt to qualify for the Champions League.
Cisse scored arguably the best double Stamford Bridge has ever witnessed in the Magpies’ 2-0 victory at Chelsea last night, keeping them level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.
It also moved them to within a point of Arsenal and all but ended their opponents’ top-four hopes, with the Blues now four points adrift with just two matches to play.
Newcastle have not qualified for the Champions League since 2002 and few would have predicted they would do so at the start of this season, but manager Pardew would now not be content with anything less.
“It’s not often in a professional career that you get an opportunity to actually break into the top four in this country,” he said.
“We’ve been in and around it all year, we’ve touched fourth placed and touched third a couple of times.
“We’re going to give it everything.
“If we miss out, it’ll still have been a phenomenal season and I’m looking forward to the highlights video because some of the goals have been unbelievable, they really have.”