Why So Negative About Newcastle’s Performance v Arsenal?
I’ve often laughed at the final whistle of certain matches over the years, when the same Newcastle fans who would have given the team dogs’ abuse have then cheered the players off, all due to a last gasp goal after a desperate ninety minutes.
For some winning, or at the very least getting a point, is everything.
I’ve been a bit surprised to read a fair number of articles/comments criticising the display against Arsenal, with suggestions of same old as we’ve experienced much of this season, along with claims of less than maximum effort.
I get the feeling that a lot of people are simply carrying over their displeasure at the previous 37 matches into yesterday.
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While Newcastle weren’t brilliant, I didn’t think Sunday bore any relation to some of the dross we have seen this season.
The stats say Newcastle at the very least shared possession, when was the last time we did that against the Gunners?
As for commitment, I just don’t see any merit in the accusation that some players weren’t putting it in. Yes we fell away in the second half but that’s an ongoing problem, however overall United were chasing down the ball far more than in recent times and Howard Webb could have booked another 3 or 4 Newcastle players on another day.
Against a team who had absolutely everything to play for, Newcastle pretty much matched until the latter stages and while our lot hardly troubled their keeper, the same can be pretty much said for Harper.
The core problem Newcastle have and is what Alan Pardew said last summer, we need to score more goals from all kinds of situations and personnel.
Basically we don’t have enough goals in the team and yet again unless Cisse scores or Ben Arfa bags one out of nothing, where are we likely to get one from? Little wonder our best moments saw Cisse lift the best chance left-footed over the bar and a number of times Hatem’s superb runs were let down by a wayward/rusty/half-fit finish.
The goals problem was criminally ignored by Ashley in the transfer market last summer and not dealing with the Demba Ba situation almost led to total disaster in January when he walked out and Remy chose relegation and arrest, over Tyneside.
If goals aren’t added to the team in the summer, a struggle is guaranteed. Claiming yesterday was some kind of shocking uncommitted performance simply distracts from the main issue. it wasn’t commitment that was lacking yesterday, it was the ability to score and create goals.
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