Manager Joe Kinnear was disappointed that Newcastle had not gone further ahead after a dominant first-half performance where they were pushing forward all the time.
Joe Kinnear – bad call at half time
But after thinking we would stroll it in the second half, we didn’t and seemed to give the initiative away to WBA, who nearly took full advantage of the change in tactics, and threatened to equalize too many times for comfort.
Joe Kinnear said after the game:
“I thought we played exceptionally well in the first half and created numerous chances, but I was disappointed that we didn’t take them,”
“If our final ball had been that much better we’d have had more goals on the score sheet than we actually did.”
Kinnear admitted he had chosen to close down the game in the second half, and we think that was a big mistake, because it stops the lads from playing the way they were winning the game.
It also hands the initiative to the opposition, and our defense is not strong enough to hold out, as Joe obviously wanted, with the score at 2-0. One goal and West Brom were right back in it, and yes it was a sloppy goal to give away. We should not try to hold onto games – well not at home anyway.
“It was like the devil and the deep blue sea – it was a choice whether we go for it or hold on to what we have. I decided to hold on to what we had.”
“I was disappointed in some respects in the goal that we conceded, but it’s three points and that’s what we really wanted today.”
“It was a massive game, especially after the disappointment against Sunderland. The only way we can repay the fans is to win matches, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”
We’re not going to be too critical of Joe, because the only thing we needed last night was a win, and we got it – that’s the most important thing right now. And Joe has 5 points out of his 4 game sin charge.
But against Aston Villa next Monday night, we will have to go full out and attack for the 90 minutes, they’re just too good for us to just hold on to any lead.