Here are some initial reflections on the Blackburn Newcastle game yesterday – from a Newcastle United point of view.
- The team was a lot more solid than last week, and had a decent first half even though Blackburn still carved out the two best chances and should have scored with at least one of them.
- The spirit in the side was first class. Thatâ€™s the biggest thing from the game to lift the spirits of the Newcastle faithful. It was so much better than against Liverpool and Portsmouth, and the game was there for Newcastle to win in the second half. With a little luck, they just may have won it – but it wasn’t to be.
- The defense is still very dodgy, especially for their second goal. Thatâ€™s the goal we shouldn’t have conceded. There wasnâ€™t too much we could do about Bentleyâ€™s free kick, for their first goal, although Given seemed stuck on his line and didnâ€™t move for it at all. The third goal caught us short at the back trying to get the equalizer, and it was during added time.
- We didnâ€™t score with the chances we were given in the second half, and we paid the price. After 56 minutes it seemed easier for Barton to score than not to, and Martins should have put his header home after 66 minutes when he put a free header from 5 yards over Friedel but also over the cross-bar. Goals then could well have turned the game in Newcastleâ€™s favor
- Emerton clearly handled after 79 minutes when challenged by James Milner. TV replays showed he handled intentionally, but the referee and assistant presumably didnâ€™t see it.
- 3-1 was hardly a fair score-line as the third goal was scored right at the death as Newcastle surged forward for an equalizer to try to get something out of the game.
- Sam Allardyce looked like death warmed up at the end of the game as he tried his best to get some kind of result out of the game. We were pleased to see him a little more upbeat on Sky Sports after the game. We have to remember Sam’s human, and he certainly gave everything he had from the touchline to try to turn things in the Magpies favor yesterday.
- Even though we got nothing out of the game we were proud of the display from the players, which was brave and gutsy. Itâ€™s hard to criticize the effort yesterday and the players gave it everything they had â€“ but unfortunately for nothing at all,at leasst in terms of points
- Let’s keep supporting the team, they deserve it after yesterday’s brave display, from every single player.
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