Pardew Makes A Point For NUFC…Nearly
Alan Pardew spoke for all of us as he analysed last night’s match which ended with that last gasp cruel blow;
“Last minute defeats are galling. Unfortunately our right-back, Danny (Simpson), got injured and we couldn’t replace him as we had already made three subs. We’ve had such a great season, but even in great seasons you’re going to have days that do not go your way”
The sort of effort we put in tonight, it was a really committed performance to try and get something against a side that are really in form.
The pushed and they pushed and unfortunately we didn’t have the legs left at the end to see it through.
We switched off after we scored and almost gifted them the first goal.
But we’ve defended well. We could have a bit more threat and keep the ball a bit better. But it’s difficult, they are a tough team.
That might have made a difference, but I think really we put such an effort in that we were just running out of steam.
The five extra minutes did not help us, you could say that they put those on for this and that.
The goalkeeper is going to take his time, we’re doing such an effort we have to wait for our strikers to get set and we’re away from home.
Maybe he took a bit long with one or two, and it is frustrating for home fans, but you couldn’t fault us for commitment or effort and we have to make sure that last-minute goal does not impact Sunday’s performance because obviously we are very, very disappointed.
We’ve had such a great season but even in great seasons you’re going to have days that do not go your way. I cannot look anyone in the eye in there and say they did not deserve something from the game”.
The point I would make is that no fans; Newcastle, Arsenal, mackems, whatever, can have it all their own way.
Did Newcastle deserve a point last night despite dominating possession (59% to 41%), shots (21 to 5) and corners (6 to 3), I would say yes because the players put in a really good rearguard performance in the second half, after a more even and comfortable opening 45 minutes.
By the same token I have to accept on the same basis the mackems probably deserved their point against us despite the statistics been even more outrageous in our favour; possession (57% to 43%), shots (24 to 7) and corners (19 to 4).
That, as they say, is football. Arsenal have been in stunning goal scoring form and Newcastle made it difficult for them, things could have been so different as with Arsenal looking a bit edgy early on, if we could have kept that lead for five/ten minutes instead of seconds then I think we could have had a good shot of even winning the game.
Nothing much has changed; Arsenal are still capable of being a class act when they click and we are playing a big game of catch-up, with some players clearly not up to the standard needed, even if their commitment can’t be faulted.
The challenge as Alan Pardew says is not to let this result impact on the next, beat Norwich and West Brom and who knows what might have happened to those clubs above and below us. It has been that kind of season.
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