Newcastle Utd boss dedicates win at Swansea to fans

OLD MATES ... Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers and Alan Pardew.
OLD MATES ... Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers and Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew dedicated Newcastle United’s win at the Liberty Stadium to the club’s loyal travelling fans.

Around 2,000 supporters made the arduous 350-mile journey to South Wales yesterday.

And they were rewarded with a 2-0 win over Swansea City, with Papiss Demba Cisse netting both United’s goals.

While Brendan Rodgers’ side dominated possession, they couldn’t get in behind Newcastle, and two moments of class from Cisse – whose goal tally for the club now stands at nine – lifted Pardew’s team above Chelsea in the Premier League.

A fifth-placed place finish, or above, would guarantee European football, and United’s travelling fans sung “tell me ma, me ma, I won’t be home for tea, we’re going to Italy” during the game.

“It’s a long journey for them to Swansea, and I said I hoped to give them something to cheer,” Pardew told SportMail.

“We did that. We got the early goal, which was good because it made us relaxed and comfortable, but maybe it made us too relaxed.

“We gave away too much possession in the first half, and in the second half we were much better.

“We had a couple of great moments from Hatem (Ben Arfa), which frightened them, and then Papiss’s moment sealed the game. It was a fantastic goal from him.”