While Cabaye may be right that the players contributed by not retaining the ball well enough, I still think the vast majority of fans will believe that Pardew sent the players out with the negative mindset as clearly when we had the ball there was nobody apart from Sissoko trying to get anywhere near supporting Papiss Cisse.
The most important part of course is a beautiful free-kick by Yohan Cabaye. Added to that you firstly have the Steven Taylor amusing (and effective?) putting off of the goalkeeper. On top of this you have the footage shot from the perfect spot in the Gallowgate.
A bit like the Southampton match I think it has all the hallmarks of a really good game of football and a clean sheet would equal three points as I just can’t see Newcastle not scoring at least a goal or two in their present mood.
So why didn’t Ashley get out his cheque book in the summer and sign De Jong, Debuchy or Douglas? Only he knows the answer. I thought it was a fairly clear situation, more tough games in a season means more injuries, more suspensions and more fatigue,