We were lucky to get a point on Saturday and several players have come up with their own explanations of the lucky win.
Steve Harper – at least we got a point
And today veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper, who now has 157 appeances for the Magpies and turns 35 next month, offered his own view of the disappointing game:
“On Saturday we knew we could have played better, but we know we can play better sometimes and still lose.”
“So it is a big point. It puts us back on top of the league and we have a game in hand on Forest.”
“We go into home matches against Coventry and Preston hoping to take six points.”
Newcastle started the game slowly, and actually never ever got into second gear, and were completely outplayed by a good looking Swansea side -= let’s be honest.
Maybe Swansea manager Paulo Sousa would make a good future Newcastle manager, if he continues to improve his Swansea side – certainly he plays the type of football that Newcastle fans love to watch.
We have to remember that Swansea were a good side when they visited Newcastle on 28th November, and many of us thought they would be a big threat.
But we were ready for them and won the game in the first 28 minutes by going 3-0 up, with goals form Lovenkrands and Harewood (2).
Near the end of what looked like a second successive away defeat for Newcastle on Saturday, something seemed to go right for Newcastle.
Leon Best put in a good cross which was met by the ever improving Andy Carroll, who headed the ball into the back of the net, as he’s done 5 times in the last 6 games.
“It was a good point at the end of it – there will be teams (many of them we would think) who have probably played better than us here but lost.”
“We will take a point back up the road.”
“When we have won away games this season, we have dug in and after an hour it has been goalless and we have scored a goal when the opposition have been going for it.”
“It was a good point at the end of it – there will be teams who have probably played better than us here but lost.”
No doubt it was a good point, but it was the performance that upset Newcastle fans, not the result.
Swansea had long spells where Newcastle couldn’t get the football, so good were Swansea at keeping the ball.
“Swansea are the best footballing side we have played.”
“We knew they would do that. When we played them at St James’ Park we were 3-0 up after half an hour and they had more than 70% possession in the second half.
“In the first half on Saturday they did not hurt us, they did not create much and we knew at half-time if we stepped it up a gear we could hopefully go on and win the game.
“They scored a cracking goal, but I think the pleasing thing after going behind was the fact we produced a response.
“We saw the spirit in the camp. The manager made changes and we went for it in the last 20 minutes. We had a response and in the end we were happy to take a point back up the road.”
We’re not sure many fans saw Newcastle go for the win.
Newcastle were lucky to draw, but after they did score, they did go for an unlikely win. That would have been the ultimate smash and grab win, but it was not to be, and would have been more than cruel on Swansea.
Pity we couldn’t treat away games as if they were home games – certainly the really good sides do.
Oh well – two wins in our next two home games is what we all want to see.
Howay The Lads!!