Norwich boss rewriting history about 4-3 defeat to Newcastle United
The Newcastle 4 Norwich 3 match is the highlight of the season so far for many NUFC fans.
There is nothing quite likes scoring goals in the fifth and sixth minute of injury time to win a match.
Likewise, it must have been a long long journey home for the Norwich fans who made that midweek trip back in September.
The game obviously hasn’t stuck too well in Alex Neil’s mind, the Norwich boss claiming that Norwich had deservedly led 3-1 in the game at St James Park.
Now, Alex Neil has every right to try and build his players up ahead of Tuesday’s match but there are limits!
Yes, if you lead 3-2 well into injury time, you are bound to be a little upset if you get beat and feel hard done by.
However, in that September game, Newcastle arguably played their best football of the season and should have been three or four up, instead of only 1-0 and then hit by a sucker punch penalty just before half-time.
Then pressing for the win, they got caught out another twice in the second-half.
The thing is anyway, they only actually led 3-1 for two minutes, before Gayle brought it back to 3-2.
You only have to look at the stats from that night (see below), Norwich only had 7 shots compared to Newcastle’s 22 and the Canaries scored their three goals from only five efforts on target.
Alex Neil says that tomorrow night ‘Without doubt we will be a match for them’ and there is every possibility they will be.
However, if Newcastle play even at 90% of what they did back in September, I would fancy them to win every time.
“Without doubt we will be a match for them.
“We beat them the last time they came here in the Premier League.
“We were 3-1 up at their place and deservedly so.
“We know it is going to be tough because they are a right good side but so are we and it is who plays well on the day.
“It is important we go on a good winning run. We have done it in the past.
“We did it the last time we went up so everyone knows we are more than capable. Being capable of doing it and actually doing it are two different things.
“The performances from two months ago are vastly different.
“If we can continue this momentum we would like to think we will be in the play-offs sooner rather than later and then we can re-adjust and have a look. Equally, if you don’t win the next one it dissipates.
I think there is a belief there and that allows us to try and fulfil our potential. We are confident and we do believe.”
Here are the stats via BBC Sport from that game on 28 September 2016:
Newcastle: Gayle 24, 71, 90+6 Gouffran 90+5
Norwich: Dorrans (Pen) 44, Jerome 52, Murphy 69
Possession was Norwich 43% Newcastle 57%
Total shots were Norwich 7 Newcastle 22
Shots on target were Norwich 5 Newcastle 9
Corners were Norwich 2 Newcastle 5
Newcastle starting 11:
Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett (Atsu 90+2), Gouffran, Colback (Hayden 71), Shelvey, Ritchie, Diame (Mitrovic 71), Gayle
Darlow, Hanley, Lazaar, Atsu
Referee: Peter Bankes
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