This is the big difference for Newcastle compared to early season
It is frustrating how we can beat Liverpool and Tottenham, then only draw with Aston Villa, but now I’ve had some time to think about it, some of the reactions and comments I’ve read have been a bit over the top, in my opinion.
The Aston Villa result was disappointing, but you read people saying ‘well it just makes those other 2 results count for nothing’, no it’s doesn’t, or…’we are obviously still struggling and will struggle throughout the season’, no it doesn’t!
We have taken 7 out of 9 points, which is good going. We played ok against Villa and had the better opportunities to score. The pitch was not helpful and I think we are all aware that we will be a better side against the teams that want to attack us, as we are a counter attacking team. Therefore, it will be more difficult against teams like Villa who arrive for the draw.
I’m not as concerned as others because of two reasons:
Firstly, their goal was just a great hit that can happen to anyone at anytime in this league, it was just unfortunate that Ayew managed to smack it so well without looking and ping it in the only place Elliott wouldn’t be able to reach it.
Secondly, Newcastle were creating the better chances and should have won. I am a big Siem de Jong fan but I could not believe he missed that header! It was unfortunate and I’m sure he is still beating himself up about it. However, Moussa, Gini and Ayoze all had chances within 10 yards of the goal to win it. None as easy as SDJ, but still, we had the chances. It was just one of those days.
What pleases me is that we actually made the chances, we could have won.
That’s the difference to earlier in the season, as previously we couldn’t even create chances, no attacking threat or creativity. At least we were able to make these opportunities in a game where the pitch/weather was woeful and the opposition were doing everything in their power to stop us.
So let’s not be too negative about the result, we have had a good three games since those two ‘performances’ against Leicester and Palace.
Let’s cheer the boys on, all season, and see what happens.
I am pleased with what I have seen on the pitch (very recently) and looking forward to seeing what happens next…
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