If only Newcastle had made a normal start to the game yesterday, we could easily have got a more than decent result against Man City.
Alan Pardew – pleased with the gutsy performance
But it wasn’t to be, and the lads were an amazing two goals down within four minutes, and we had to dig ourselves out a of a big hole, but this Newcastle side almost did exactly that.
It needed just a little bit more luck in that second half, after big Andy had scored for Newcastle to bring the Newcastle side back into the game, and the team roared on by a fantastic 51,000 fans.
It was even like the good old days – although of course we didn’t get anything out of the game at all.
Newcastle put City under a lot of pressure, especially in that second half, after shooting themselves in the foot in those first four minutes.
This is what Pardew said after the game:
“As a squad, we’ve discussed some of the goals we’ve conceded this year. We’ve been putting the ball at risk, and we did that again in that first period and it’s cost us two goals.”
“After that, I thought the performance was really strong. We showed tremendous character. We could have let it affect us and laid down and stepped off them, and City would have torn us apart.”
“But we stood toe to toe with them for the rest of the game and, with a bit of luck here and there, I thought we could have got a positive result. We had created pressure and we looked like we were going to score.”
“Andy Carroll was a constant menace in the box. Every cross and delivery we put in there, you felt he was going to get something on it. It was just a case of whether it fell for us or threatened the target.”
“The goal came at a decent time, and we had a decent chance at 2-1, Kevin Nolan just couldn’t get his toe to it. The disappointing factor was the first phase of the game, outside that, we played really well and showed a good commitment.”
Alan Pardew certainly kept his promise to have Newcastle be an attacking outfit, and even after going two down the Newcastle side, and City too, put on a classic game of attacking football.
And Newcastle almost wore the City defense down after Andy Carroll’s goal on 73 minutes, and it only took a little luck for Newcastle to have made an amazing come-back.
But it wasn’t to be, and Newcastle fans will have been buoyed by the show of guts and fortitude yesterday, which of course the relegation side of two years ago never showed any of.
That’s just one reason we were relegated.
Howay The Lads!!