Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce bemoaned the luck, or lack of it, of his Newcastle side after their 2-0 defeat against Manchester City last night at St. James’ Park.
Sam Allardyce – Newcastle had no luck last night
The Newcastle manager also thought Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder, Elano, should have been sent off for a 41st-minute foul on Abdoulaye Faye, which we have to admit looked very bad at the time.
Sam said after the game:
“I think the tackle from Elano was a straight red card, ” “He got away with it. He went over the ball – no attempt to play it whatsoever.â€
“And Damien Duff got through and the referee gave a foul. The linesman had his flag up but when I looked at the replay it wasn’t offside.â€
“They then kicked it down the other end and Elano scored – but we shouldn’t have been 1-0 down.”
Michael Owen, a half-time substitute for Oba Martins, missed a good chance just moments after the resumption.
Big Sam added:
“It would have lifted us all had the chance gone in. It hit Harty (City keeper Joe Hart) on the toe – he knows nothing about it, and it goes wide.â€
“From there on it got more and more difficult, because we had to start over-extending ourselves. Manchester City sat deeper and deeper and just waited and waited and then scored the second, and that killed us off.”
Allardyce described the goals from Manchester City that beat his side as terrific finishes:
“I thought our performance was good.â€ “We are just down on our luck at the moment. We cannot get 1-0 up to see us on to victory, but we did more than enough in the first half today to get 1-0 up.â€
“That’s the disappointing thing – we are always having to fight our way back, and that ultimately is the hardest thing to do in the Premier League.”
So what do you think? Was it just bad luck?
Let us know what you thought of the game and the Newcastle player performances. The result is certainly not a good one for us, that’s for sure.
Comments always welcome.