If Newcastle could have hung on another 7 minutes and finished the 90 minutes against Arsenal on Tuesday night 0-0 the team would have been given more credit for the great defensive display Newcastle put up on the night.
But it wasn’t to be. It doesn’t however stop us from pointing out how great our defense played in the first half and even got Wenger’s approval after the match. That defensive performance will be needed for the full 90 minutes at Eastlands tomorrow.
Habib Beye – two solid defensive displays for Newcastle already
There’s no doubt that Sam can build a good and dogged defense and he’s almost already accomplished that at Newcastle. Beye has had an excellent first two games for the club and young Enrique also gave a good account of himself in Tuesday evening.
They will all have to be at their very best tomorrow against Manchester City who have had few problems this season and look so much better than last season. We expect our back line to be unchanged from last Tuesday night with Steve Harper returning in goal and it is our defense that holds the key for us tomorrow.
Sam said that today:
“That’s the ultimate to your success. The team that wins the league is the one with the most clean sheets, that will never change.â€
“That’s all that really matters – if you can win and entertain, that’s even better. You will always be forgiven if you play poorly and win.”
If we can keep a clean sheet tomorrow then there’s always a chance we can get a win by sneaking a goal or two. Mark Viduka looked excellent last Sunday and Oba Martins is due a goal or two. But it’s the defense this season that can propell us into the top 6 by keeping the goals against to manageable proportions â€“ which is most unlike recent seasons.
We are already pleased with the obvious improvements in defense having conceded just 5 goals in our first 6 games and we have a decent goal difference of 4 and we stand 5th in the league. You can participate in the discussion about tomorrow’s game on our Newcastle United Forum.
It would be nice to increase that goal difference by tomorrow night.