Alan Pardew: “It was a strange game.
“Technically, it wasn’t great.
“I didn’t expect it to be after Tottenham. We were a bit nervous and a bit edgy.
“We worked really, really hard, stayed in the game and got our reward.
“It was a strange game, because our crowd was definitely quiet up until the interception from Williamson.
“A strange thing like that lifted the stadium, lifted the players and suddenly we created three or four great chances.
“That’s what this place is. It’s almost like a breathing, living animal, this stadium, and we needed it to come alive. It did and it helped us.”