Newcastle were beaten 4-0 by Arsenal last night in the Carling Cup but had no luck at all.
Chris Hughton and Arsene Wenger greet each other last night
Chris Hughton again essentially played his second team making a full 9 changes from the side that played at West Ham on Saturday, and after playing well and containing Arsenal in the first half, Arsenal went ahead in injury time of that first half with a bizarre Krul own goal.
The ball was headed back into the goal from a corner, and went between Tim’s legs, but Taylor was on the line and blocked it – but the ball then went into the goal off Krul’s head – how unlucky can you be?
In the second half Newcastle were always chasing the game and got caught three times in quick Arsenal breakaways, but the 4-0 score-line hardly represents how well the team did play and youngsters Vuckic, Ranger and Kadar all had good games and didn’t look out of place at all.
After the game Chris Hughton said:
“We showed spirit – it was a young side and we kept going all the way,” “You can’t afford to make fundamental mistakes but I thought it was harsh on us.”
“We were playing a top-class side and in the first half we played a system that contained them a little bit – arguably Nile Ranger had the best chance of the half.”
“I thought the second goal was offside and, if it wasn’t, Mike Williamson was impeded. I felt it was an unjust decision.” “We will put this one behind us – we’ve got a very big game on Sunday.”
There were some odd decisions by referee Andre Mariner last night, but the main one was for the second goal when Bendtner was about 10 yards offside, and as he was coming back onside, he knocked down Mike Williamson as he was chasing back to get to Theo Walcott, who has run through onto the ball.
Theo Walcott ran onto the ball well and tucked itaway, and we suppose the officials said Bendtner wasn’t interfering with play – but how could that be when he collided with Williamson?
We just watched the goal again on TV – and the commentator was right when he said it was a complete farce – it’s ridiculous to have allowed that goal.
But that’s it, Arsenal deserved to go through on the night, and it’s time to put the Carling Cup behind us, because we always knew the Premier League is the big one this season, and we need a home win on Sunday against Sunderland.
We’ve now played 5 games at St. James’ Park this season and lost 3 of them – and won just one – and that’s not good enough.