NEWCASTLE United played some “sublime” football at Upton Park – but it was the team’s stubbornness which earned them all three points.
That was the verdict of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew after Saturday’s 3-1 win over West Ham United.
Pardew’s side raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy.
Newcastle played some of their best football so far this season in the first half, but were undone by a late own goal from Mike Williamson, who inadvertently put the ball past Tim Krul under pressure from Carlton Cole.
And they had to withstand a second-half bombardment from Sam Allardyce’s team before Cabaye’s stunning injury-time free-kick settled the game.
“First half, we were sublime, really,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“The only real disappointment out of the whole day was that goal we conceded. We should have been going in at 2-0 looking forward to the second half, and playing the same way.
“But once that went in, it was always going to be a different game.”
Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll – who came off the bench – missed an open goal, as did Cole.
And Pardew – whose team had lost their previous four games – was heartened by the resilience Newcastle showed under pressure from a desperate West Ham side.
“You had Andy to come off the bench, and (Ravel) Morrison,” added Pardew, whose side are eighth in the Premier League ahead of their January 28 visit to Norwich City.
“The crowd were going to get involved. We had to show a different side to our play, which we did. We stood up to a really good West Ham performance, and ended up winning.”
Pardew will welcome back defender Mathieu Debuchy from suspension for the Norwich game.