We were very disappointed that our defense conceded two poor goals yesterday after the team had twice gone ahead. The second goal was particularly bad as Arco, who played many seasons at Sunderland, was left all alone on the edge of the penalty area, following a Middlesbrough corner and was left with too much time and space to easily beat goalkeeper Harper.
This was not a good goal to concede and Newcastle basically threw away what would have been good hard fought win with some sloppy defending. Now where have we heard that before?
But that was the 3 points right there â€“ with only a short 10 minutes to go.
Mike Ashley – sat next to Allardcye and Mort yesterday and hugged Mort after N’Zogbia’s wonderful strke
Allardyce talked about the goals after the game::
“We have conceded two and that is totally out of order, especially when you have been in front twice.â€
“It is just unacceptable, absolutely unacceptable. If Newcastle United are to be successful, we have got to cut that out.â€
“We are bitterly disappointed that we have not clinched the three points.â€
“The lads are really, really disappointed in the dressing room and know they should have hung on to a lead they got twice.â€
“Once you get in front twice whether you are playing home or away, you should never surrender it.â€
“Perhaps the first time is an excuse, but not the second.”
Mido canceled out N’Zogbia’s wonderful strike after 22 minutes and then former Sunderland midfielder Julio Arca did the same 10 minutes from time after Viduka’s expert 77th-minute finish.
Among them for the first time was owner Mike Ashley, sporting a black and white shirt on the first time he had seen his club in action after buying the club in the summer. Asked if Mike Ashley had enjoyed himself Sam Allardyce said:
“He appeared to, especially when the first goal went in, anyway. It was nice to see him here for the first time – and he hasn’t tried to hide away because he was standing there with his Newcastle shirt on.â€
“It’s great to see him. There is obviously lots of speculation around what he is doing, but as far as I am concerned, with he and Chris, we are moving the club forward as quickly as we possibly can.”
Opposite number Gareth Southgate was delighted with the application of his players, especially defenders Jonathan Woodgate and Luke Young, who started with only a few days of training under their belts after injury. Middlesbrough gave a good account of themselves and battled Newcastle all the way.
“I am pleased with the way we played. For a local derby, we tried to pass the ball and we tried to attack them.â€“We went a goal down against the run of play and we showed great character to come back twice.â€
“All the qualities that were on display from my team, I was very proud of them.â€
“We had a side that looks a good side, and when they are fully fit and firing, there were a lot of good signs from us.â€
“What pleased me more than anything was we had lads go out and play who probably had no right to be on the field.â€
“They committed themselves for the short and for their team-mates and as a manager, that makes you very proud.”
However, Southgate was disappointed with the abuse aimed at Mido by the traveling supporters, who was booked for over-celebrating his goal in front of them.
“We had to get him to calm down a bit in the first half after the goal – he got booked.â€
“I always find it strange that 3,000 people are allowed to abuse one person and nothing is done, and then when the boot is on the other foot, he gets into trouble.â€
“In terms of civil liberties, I find that a strange situation.”
We don’t think Mido deserved any defense or civil liberties talk from his manager. Mido went out of his way after scoring to incite the Newcastle fans and deservedly got a yellow card for his efforts. That behavior is frowned, on not only by referees, but also by the police force at the game, who stopped Mido’s cantankerous and stupid celebration. That behavior should not be supported by anyone, least of all his manager.