Newcastle v QPR – Know what I mean Harry…
Newcastle v QPR
Newcastle 1 QPR 1 Saturday 22 November 3pm
Three results were needed to send Newcastle United into a Champions League qualifying place, Manchester City and Everton eventually struggled past Swansea and West Ham respectively, with Newcastle completing the job late on.
Before that match winner, Sissoko had looked the most likely to open things up, a surging run and through ball to Ayoze Perez deserved better. However, Spanish striker just hesitated and allowed Rob Green to make an excellent save.
Other than that it was a hard fought encounter with plenty corners and graft but not enough creativity.
Remy Cabella had the stage but again disappointed, the French playmaker not in the game enough and when he did get the chances to influence the game he invariably over-elaborated.
On the other hand, I’m not the biggest fan of Mike Williamson but he came in today and QPR’s man of the moment Charlie Austin didn’t really get a look in.
United just about deserved to win and yet another clean sheet was key to that in a tight game.
Special mention for Ryan Taylor who limped from the pitch in obvious pain and beyond that, clearly upset, happily the player himself revealed afterwards that he came off mainly as a precaution and expected to be back shortly.
Later in the day Manchester United beat Arsenal and Newcastle United were ‘condemned’ to fifth, life’s hard at the moment!
The BBC Sport statistics showed;
Newcastle with 54% possession
14 shots to QPR’s 13
6 of those on target to Rangers’ 4
16 corners to the visitors 7
I had said pre-match that surely we should be getting the better of possession against teams like this if we hope to do something, today we just about managed that.
Newcastle were the better team but again these fine margins are hard to regularly win by.
The hard work and discipline is clearly there but players such as Remy Cabella need to start delivering or else the opposition are going to quickly work Newcastle out, as Alan Pardew has already suggested himself.
If Cisse can stay fit then he could be a massive bonus as he looked really sharp when he appeared off the bench.
The players are giving themselves every chance of building this season and it is everybody’s duty, including Mike Ashley’s, to help that process.
Funds released for a real quality striker and centre-back in January could see a United team really on the up.
We’ll just enjoy the ride regardless for now.
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Dummett, Haidara, Colback, Ryan Taylor (Gouffran 33), Sissoko, Ameobi, Cabella (Cisse 67), Perez (Armstrong 89)
Unused Subs: Elliot, Anita, Ferreyra, Streete
Ref: Chris Foy
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