ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United’s win over Chelsea showed that his team is “alive and kicking”.
Second-half goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy gave the club a 2-0 win over Jose Mourinho’s side at St James’s Park this afternoon.
United sat back and absorbed pressure from Chelsea before the break before taking the game to their visitors at the interval.
And Newcastle manager Pardew felt the performance underlined the “spirit” in the dressing room.
“We decided to be very cautious from the start, not let them play for us, and we perhaps let them have a bit too much possession and there wasn’t enough pressure on the ball,” said Pardew.
“But we knew second half we had enough to exert pressure and the crowd were getting behind us, and that’s exactly what happened.
“The goal came at a great time for us.
“We’ve got a great spirit in the group. I think we’ve played well.
“We’ve had some moments where we’ve not been so great, but we’re together. I’m pleased for the club.
“Today was about giving a message to our fans that we’re very much alive and kicking.
“And I’m pleased for everyone associated with Newcastle, it’s a big win for us.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Mourinho was critical of his team, who had been unbeaten in five Premier league games.
“I didn’t like it (the performance), and I think we deserved to lose,” he told BT Sport.
“We had a couple of good chances to score the equaliser, but they were more in the game than us. They fought more than us, were much more committed than us.
“They did much to win, and for sure they were the best team on the pitch.
“I told the team (at half time) that I’ve been in the game for many, many years, and I was smelling what happened because it was quite easy to play the first half.
“We had lots of space but we were not sharp, we were not intense with the ball. We defended quite well, but we were not fast and intense and aggressive with the ball, so we let the game go.
“I didn’t like my team today, and I’m disappointed.”