Newcastle United looked a very good team in the first half this afternoon, showing lots of confidence going forward. With some luck the Magpies could have been ahead at half time, but it was not to be.
Claudio Cacapa – had best game of the season this afternoon
Arsenal came back into the game in the second half and started to take control of the game and with two late goals it was a comfortable win in the end 3-0.
Kevin Keegan told Sky Sports after the game:
“In the first half we actually matched them and probably outplayed them,”Â “The challenge was to put 45 minutes on top of that. But we couldn’t do that today.â€
“We were not scared to play them. It is a shame we did not get a reward for that. There is a lot of quality at this club.â€Â “In the second half there were some things that were not good enough.â€
“The biggest thing that is missing is confidence. It is the one thing that makes a player find that extra step.â€
“We have got to get the players thinking a little bit differently because I am different to [former Newcastle boss] Sam [Allardyce].”
Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager also thought Newcastle were very good in the first half as he told Sky Sports:
“Newcastle started very brightly and created some chances. It took us some time to take control of the game,” “We did that slowly in the first half and completely in the second – that is why we scored the goals.â€
“It was not easy at all. Kevin brought them here with drive going forward and belief in what they do. They were dangerous.â€
“We have learned you need to be top class to beat Newcastle at the moment.â€
“I like the fact that he (Adebayor) grows from season to season. You always want your players to improve.”
Some good words from Wenger there, but from a Newcastle viewpoint, while the performance was much improved this afternoon, it was another loss.
In our last 8 games we’ve now lost 5, drawn 2 and won one. That win was against Stoke City 4-1 and we have scored only 5 goals and conceded 15 in that time. In 6 of our last 8 games we have failed to score.
But looking on the bright side – which is all we can do right now – the only way is up – and while we have another tough game at Arsenal on Tuesday night, we are at home to Middlesbrough next Sunday afternoon.
That’s the game when we can start turning things around this season. 😀