Alan Pardew: Newcastle’s season already an ‘outstanding’ success
Alan Pardew describes Newcastle United's season an "outstanding" success after the Magpies beat Stoke City 3-0
Alan Pardew believes Newcastle United have had “an outstanding” season regardless of whether the Magpies can pip Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to a fourth-place finish.
Yohan Cabaye’s sparkling brace and superb assist for Papiss Cisse’s 11th goal in nine Premier League appearances helped inspire Pardew’s men to a 3-0 victory over Stoke City at St James’ Park on Saturday.
The result moved the Magpies into the top four at the expense of Tottenham, who suffered a 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers, and if Everton fail to beat Manchester United on Sunday then Pardew’s side are guaranteed European football next term.
But Pardew insists Newcastle’s season will go down as a success whether they are playing Champions League or Europa League football next season.
“That is a big, big achievement by us, make no mistake [to qualify for Europe],” said Pardew.
“I am pretty sure Liverpool can’t catch us and to finish above them, regardless of their cup exploits, is still outstanding.
“Whatever we do now, it’s an outstanding season. But of course, we haven’t lost sight of what the city hasn’t lost sight of.
“You can feel it in the crowd, you can feel it in the city, that there’s a chance for us to do something really special, and we will go to Wigan and try to achieve that.”
Newcastle’s face Wigan, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in a difficult run-in.
But Pardew is confident his side’s recent good form – the Magpies have won their last six games – can provide the club with a springboard to get the necessary results to finish in the Champions League places.
“We have got momentum and it’s a dangerous tool to have in your locker,” added Pardew.
“We are playing with confidence, we have got ourselves in a fantastic position – perhaps even better than we thought we might be in – and the confidence was there for everyone to see on the pitch today.
“Everybody is contributing. This isn’t about one player or one person, it’s a combination of a lot of things that have gone on at this football club from [owner] Mike Ashley down, and everybody deserves the credit they are getting.
“Having said that, there are still four games to go and they are always the most important the closer you get to the end.
“To win six on the trot is truly outstanding by the players. They will get a few plaudits this week and they deserve them.”