Newcastle United's embarrassing record this season took a drastic turn at the right time a fortnight ago with victory in front of a home crowd against Leicester, and ever since their form has skyrocketed in the correct direction.
Magpies fans were becoming infuriated with a long period without victory to celebrate and many went to the extreme effort of displaying posters across the stadium saying "SackPardew.com" in connection to their secondary sponsor, Sports Direct.
But since that fortunate 1-0 win against Leicester a couple of weeks back, Alan Pardew's side have gained the confidence to go and beat some of the biggest names in the league consecutively in all competitions.
First came their first away triumph of the season against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, whose home form suggests that they need to go back to the drawing board. Goals from Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez gifted the Magpies with a well deserved 2-1 win at The Lane.
It will be fantastic in the town tonight - I might even go myself for the first time in a while
Then, a midweek tie at the Etihad was a trip that the Toon would have been dreading, despite back-to-back victories. However, an early lead courtesy of Rolando Aarons gave Pardew a little breathing space, which was then enlarged by Moussa Sissoko's skilful goal.
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And finally came Saturday. A huge gift to the Newcastle boss himself for his desire to stick with the club through thick and thin, working well with the chairman, Mike Ashley. A goal for Ayoze Perez was the difference between them and Liverpool who are also struggling for form of late.
After the game, Pardew said: "It will be fantastic in the town tonight - I might even go myself for the first time in a while."
BBC pundit Danny Mills who used to play under Pardew at Charlton said "Pardew is a great manager with innovation."
"I spoke to a couple of Newcastle fans and asked them when they would start chanting his name - they responded bluntly saying that it would never happen, no matter how successful the club may be in the future."
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