When the full time whistle sounded on Saturday evening and Newcastle had earned their first league win since May, the depressing mood around Tyneside was finally lifted.

One win does not mask the problems that the Magpies have by any means but the points mean the Geordies have avoided being cut off at the bottom of the Premier League table after just eight games.

And if there was ever a moment to instantly dent the Toon Army’s long-awaited joy, it was manager Alan Pardew’s post-match interviews that were aired on the BBC.

His plastic grin and smug tone instantly raised the heckles of many a fan and the mention of Mike Ashley visiting the home dressing room was never going to come across well.

If there was anything wrong with praising the team, the fans and individual players (Gabriel Obertan springs to mind) then I am yet to find out what.

But instead, fans were issued with another love-in, with Pardew attempting to stick up for Ashley without being prompted.

He also suggested that the win should end the pressure on his position, hardly a likely occurrence when you consider Newcastle’s next two games are away at Tottenham and home to Liverpool.

Should Newcastle turn their miserable 2014 form around before Christmas, we are likely to see more of these painful interviews and endure more smugness from the man who has led the Magpies to just six wins this year.
Wonderful.