Both managers today seemed pleased with the performances of their teams this afternoon, as Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Stamford Bridge today in a well contested and exciting game.
Sam Allardyce – result taken away from us today
Newcastle can count themselves unlucky not to come away with at least a point as Kalouâ€™s winning goal, after 87 minutes, was clearly 2-3 yards offside. Why the linesman didnâ€™t flag for offside weâ€™ll never know â€“ unless somebody asks him, and see if he was asleep.
A disappointed Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce said after the game:
“A result has been taken away from us by no fault of our own but by an assistant referee that has got a horrible decision wrong.â€
“We have to take that on the chin, it can’t be changed. We have to accept that disappointment but look at the positive side of the performance and continue by trying to get three points against Manchester City.â€
“You have to complain more when a decision like this is made and it has cost us a crucial result.â€ “We have had a poor Christmas and that point would have made us feel that much better.”
Chelsea coach Avram Grant, who had many players missing today, through both injury and suspension, was also obviously pleased with the performance of his players and said:
“We created so many chances today so we deserved to win. We created eight or 10 good chances.â€ “I think the supporters are behind us. They know we are not having an easy time with all the problems we have. We continue to fight but it is not easy.â€
“This is the time to speak about the players who played. They showed good football in the first half and a lot of character at the end of the game.”
“The substitutions were made because Joe Cole had an injury and Michael Ballack has not played so many games.”
Shay Given kept Newcastle in the game through the first half and made even more good saves after the break. But it was a good game and the Magpies showed real courage in taking the game to Chelsea in the second half to get right back in the game.
A similar performance at St. Jamesâ€™ Park against Manchester City on Wednesday evening (19:45 pm KO), could well get us all 3 points. But we must maintain this consistency, and not drop back to the insipid performances we gave at Wigan and against Derby County. If we can do that we must be in with a good chance against the high flying Manchester City.
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