Newcastle’s Two Defensive Lapses Deadly


Two lapses in concentration cost us dearly on Saturday, the game was as easy to sum up as that.

We should never have allowed the diagonal ball to go all the way to Petrov for the first goal, and it seems City caught us not fully awake for the second goal just after the break. Taylor just cannot allow players of Petrov’s ability to go past him like he did. But that’s the standard of the Premiership these days and these small mistakes are punished big time. There’s not much you can do about Elano’s goal other than admire it – and pretend he’s playing for Newcastle 😀

James Milner, who was the pick of the Newcastle side – particularly in the first half, has been talking about the game so let’s see what James had to say.

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James Milner – hoping to bounce back against Everton next Sunday

Milner said:

“We couldn’t have had a better start to the season away from home at Bolton, so it is disappointing to lose to both Derby and now Manchester City.”

“I think we were the better team in patches and we did create chances.” “But we’ve let it slip for a moment, and then got punished. It was a long way back from 2-1.”

James is right. Don’t want to get into the woulda coulda shoulda syndrome but basically we paid for 2 lapses of concentration and it was for their first and second goals. For their first goal the ball should never have been allowed to go diagonally in like it did to the deadly Petrov. Petrov took the opportunity with glee. The second goal probably caught us short of concentration just after the break but Taylor cannot allow players of Petrov’s ability to get past him like he did. So two lapses in concentration and two goals conceded – that’s how tough it is in the Premiership – easily the best league in the world. The game on Saturday was just a great game to watch and credit to both teams for their attacking style – it’s just that we lost 🙁

James went on:

“We were very close to going 2-0 up after they nearly conceded from the back-pass,” “But that just seems to be the way things are going for us at the moment.” “It was always going to be tough, but we were very confident.”

“We felt prepared and when we went 1-0 up it was disappointing not to get three points, or even a draw.” “Hopefully, we can bounce back next week against Everton.”

Therein lies our key to keeping in touch with the top clubs in the league – good home form and our supporters at the game can help us a lot. While we are disappointed at the defeats we have to be fully supportive of the lads when they play at St. James’ Park. Sam’s asked for that support and you know his sides will never give up or let their heads drop. Because of this we can always come back even if we go behind at home.

It’s a good opportunity for us on Sunday when Everton are the visitors. They are above us in the league with 13 points from 8 games and if we beat them we’ll overtake them. Everton have to play Metalist Kharkiv in the Ukraine on Thursday night in the UEFA Cup. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at Everton.

A win is what we need on Sunday to get back on track and settle things down.

Comments always appreciated.



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7 comments so far

  • Magpie Neil

    Oct 1, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #1

    What are you talking about with regards to the Elano goal?

    Shay didnt position the wall properly full stop.

    If the wall had of been in the correct place then that side of the goal would not have been accessible to that sort of shot.

    The shot didnt loop over the wall then dip under the bar!!!

    But I agree it was a good goal, and Elano did well to spot the defensive mistake and capitalise accordingly.

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  • sean

    Oct 1, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #2

    i think that taylor had a bad game he was beten a couple of times down the wing and one of the times cost us a vital goal, i think that rozenhal missed cacapa and when he is back then our centre defence will be solid ! oh and great individual goal by martins! very good control!

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Oct 1, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #3

    great goal but doz any 1 else think beye is shit coz am not impressed 1 little bit

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  • Graham L

    Oct 1, 2007 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Forget the wall, forget the crackin shot.

    You can not tackle like that outside the box. I believe it was nicky butt.

    In the best league in the world you should know where to tackle carefully.

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  • apan

    Oct 2, 2007 at 4:35 AM

    Comment #5

    the wall was not organized by given properly it should be a bit more to the covered as elano shot was totally unblocked, poor defending on counter and fast pace attack, we need a pacey defender

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  • Steve K

    Oct 2, 2007 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Rozehnal is pretty fast.

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Oct 2, 2007 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Butt’s challenge leading to the 3rd goal was terrible. He should know better to make a challenge so close to our goal, as he also elbowed the City player and could have been sent off.

    I like Nicky Butt, but unhappy with this unprofessional challenge.

    As you state above, the other 2 City goals should never have been……

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