Perhaps not the one game to make everyone pleased but at least with the involvement of our second strings on the field, we are still the better side.
From what I saw in the first-half we created the most chances of the game to only for Cissé still under his best form, the visitor side can held us to not scoring the goal we looking for.
Shane did as good as what he can give, Sammy Ameobi also did well but he may still need to sharpened his vision more just like what he does when creating the only goal of this game in second-half.
“When you see great young players coming through it kinds of buoys your spirits and Sammy's got a big future at this club,” Pardew said after the game. “He's a creator, he causes havoc, he's got fantastic technique and he can play four positions.”
The visitors are often sitting deep, but once in a while they also capable of getting forward to counter-attack, which couple of times making quite dangerous situation in our six-yard box.
Couple things that I noticed from our squad performance last night was Anita once again anonymous, perhaps he's still not on his preffered position or needs more time to settled.
Tiote was eventually booked again for a foul on Ivan Trickovski. He was caught in possession just outside our penalty area to give Brugge a rare chance to attacking us.
“Brugge are a good side and this was a tough game,” said Pardew. “It's a big win for us.”
Harper; Santon, Perch, Williamson, Ferguson (Cabaye 81); Tiote, Anita (Shola Ameobi h-t), Bigirimana; Obertan, Cisse, Sammy Ameobi (Coloccini 73).
Subs not used: Krul, Ben Arfa, Ba, Adam Campbell.
Jorgacevic; Hogli, Hoefkens, Jordi, Buysse; Jorgensen, Refaelov (Trickovski 56), Odjidja, Blondel (Van Acker 84), Lestienne; Bacca.
Subs not used: Kujovic, Vleminckx, Vasquez, Vansteenkiste, Engels.