Joe Kinnear thought that Newcastle United was the better team by miles last night even though we were beaten 1-0 by Hull City.
Joe Kinnear – we were the better team by miles
The Newcastle manager was left to rue a number of missed chances as Daniel Cousin’s 80th-minute goal proved to be the only one of the game.
And we can be the better team (by miles) in every game but what counts is the result and we were beaten last night and are therefore our of the FA Cup, and a potentially an easy 4th round draw, although nothing seems easy for us at the moment.
But Kinnear insisted:
“We were the better team by miles. By miles. And the bad thing about it is we got beat.”“They had a smash and grab, they had one shot all night and scored, we missed at least five clear-cut chances.”
“We hit the post, hit the crossbar, Michael (Owen)’s had a few, Xisco’s missed one.”
“The good thing is we created the chances but it wasn’t going to be our night, was it?”
” Michael, being the finisher he is, on any other day he would have put at least one of those away out of the opportunities.”
And Joe seemed to be in a little bit of denial as he continued and said he didn’t think it would harm the team’s morale:
“(Not) if we play like that,” “It’s disappointing, but we’ve got 11 players missing – 11 key players – and I think everybody out there gave everything they had.”
“It was never going to be easy. And it’s not going to be easy; we’ve got the same problem going to Blackburn, who’s to say what kind of side we can put out.”
“But that’s the position we’re in at the moment.” “We can’t run away from it – we’ve got to face up to it.”
And of course this kind of result will not help us keep Michael Owen or Shay Given at the club, although Michael had an off night last night.
We’ve got just one point out of the last 9 in the league, and now been knocked out of the FA Cup at our first hurdle, so this is not exactly a high point of the season for the team or the supporters.
Let’s hope we can get some good players in, and start moving this club forward, and we must beat Blackburn on Saturday, to get some pride and some league points, as our first step back.