It was another defeat yes, but a much improved performance from Newcastle United at Blackburn yesterday, and but for a little luck, they could have come out with a draw and even a victory.
But it wasn’t to be, although that certainly wasn’t for the want of trying, as the Newcastle players fought tooth and nail in the second half for a result this afternoon.
The 7,0000 Newcastle supporters were in full voice as they supported their team throughout the game.
Sam Allardyce – pleased with his team’s fighting qualities yesterday
An Obafemi Martins header from a Geremi free-kick, just after half-time put Newcastle ahead, but they couldn’t keep their lead. Two excellent goals from David Bentley, with Tugay adding a late third just before the end, as Newcastle were caught upfield, put paid to the Magpies’ valiant effort.
Sam Allardyce, the beleaguered Newcastle manager, seemed quite pleased with the performance after the game, as he talked to Sky Sports:
“There’s no doubt about it, we’ve been the better side and created more chances but failed to take them at the right moments.”
“And there’s a guy in the opposition side who’s pulled out two top quality finishes to drag Blackburn through to victory and given us a disappointing defeat I didn’t think we deserved.”
“The defining moments went against us. At 1-0 Charles N’Zogbia was definitely not offside but was given so, and that probably would have made it 2-0.”
“They have gone straight up to the other end and scored. “We had chances to go back to 2-1 and then Bentley’s pulled out another one from the top drawer to give them the lead.”
“But with us not going so well at the moment, everything seems to go against you.”
But Newcastle again looked weak in defense and the second goal especially was a poor goal to concede. Things haven’t improved on the injury front for the Magpies, as Faye had to leave the field injured again in the first half, and his heading ability was sorely missed at the back.
Newcastle’s supporters were also on their very best behavior and supported the players throughoutâ€“ which they did in their usual vocal way. They were also supportive of the manager and Sam is far from finished at the club if he can get this kind of gutsy reaction from his players. The players, every one of them, worked their socks off all afternoon, but just didn’t have the luck when it mattered.
“We still have this defensive frailty that if we don’t put right is going to be a problem, and if we had done that here we would have got something.”
“They created an atmosphere here that was terrific from our point of view, and of course the way we played helped to get them on the edge of their seats.”
Allardyce was then asked about his position at the club, and the malicious rumors circulating in the popular press this week, that his position at Newcastle is under threat. Sam’s take on the speculation was as follows:
“I don’t quite know where it’s come from, but it’s a situation I have to live with like any other manager who is “We have to be committed like we were here and we’ll come out the other end of it.”
“We have to keep the belief and keep fighting and a performance like this, even though we didn’t get the result, is what I’m looking for week-in and week-out.”
Sam’s completely right there. Most of the negative reaction from last week’s game against Liverpool, was the way in which the team just seemed to wilt under the Liverpool pressure, and give up the points, with no fight whatsoever.
But there was no surrender yesterday, and we can say we were proud of our team yesterday, even though they got nothing out of the game. If Sam can get his players fighting like this in every game, the Newcastle fans will not be the only supporters in the country wanting Newcastle to do well this season.
If they can keep up this fighting spirit in the team, then Newcastle will be repaid in the future with the points they need. As long as the fans keep supporting the team, this season can still be turned around, since there are still plenty of games left.
Let’s give the team our full support against Arsenal on Wednesday evening. That’s the next step in the battle.
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