Newcastle ended up 3-0 losers again at the Emirates tonight when they were well beaten by a very good Arsenal side.
Newcastle struggled throughout the game as they tried to match Arsenal’s play and they were well beaten in the end â€“ but it wasn’t for the want of trying.
After going 1-0 down at half time from a goal by the greatly skilled Adebayor, the Newcastle side came at Arsenal in the second half and had a lot more of the play.
But then right out of the blue Flamini struck a wonder goal from all of 35 yards after 72 minutes and the game wads over.
Arsenal came back into the game after that and another goal by Fabregas after 80 minutes that caught the Newcastle back four too square, and there was even a hint of off-side to seal Newcastle’s fate for a second time in 4 days.
Newcastle played well, and were quite solid at the back â€“ but there’s not too many sides they will meet who as good as this Arsenal side â€“ let’s be honest.
Joey Barton came on after 57 minutes for Rozehnal, who had a reasonable game in midfield. Joey did well enough to stake a claim for Sunday’s game against Middesbrough, where we have to go all out for a win.
Newcastle almost broke their goal duck under Kegan when Butt had an excellent free kick that hit the cross-bar, and then Ameobi was straight through, but tried to get the ball on his right foot when he should have just poked it home with his left.
But that also means in the last 6 league games we’ve lost 5 and drawn just one Worse still is our goal difference is now a terrible -15, having conceded 14 goals in those last 6 league games.
Two teams that were beneath us tonight, Sunderland and Middlesbrough both won their home games, so we are only 4 points above Sunderland now and just 2 points above Middlesbrough.
We need to have a new start to the remaining 14 games on Sunday against Middlesbrough and must get all 3 points.
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