After Newcastle gave away two poor goals in the first four minutes of the game yesterday, how many teams would have played the rest of the match like Newcastle United did yesterday?
Andy Carroll – scored his 11the PL of the season yesterday
The answer is not many – as Newcastle fought for those remaining 86 minutes as if their lives depended on it.
It was not a good result yesterday, but the performance was so much better than the 3-1 scoreline suggested, and Newcastle just had no luck at all.
After Andy Carroll had got his 11th goal of the season, and put in another inspired performance in that famous Newcastle number 9 shirt, giving the Man City defense all kinds of problems, the odds were very much on Newcastle being to level the scores at 2-2.
But nothing went right for the home side, and then a second goal on 81 minutes from Carlos Tevez, that ricocheted off two Newcastle players – Simpson and Coloccini – gave Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul no chance.
But Newcastle must cut out the defensive lapses that cost the side two early goals yesterday – it’s been the Achilles heel of the side this season – and just think if the lads had played the way they did last night with the scores still level at 0-0, they would have had a good chance of getting another good result.
It could have been just like the Liverpool game.
But that’s all woulda coulda shoulda – and we look forward to a much tighter performance from the defense from now on this season, and certainly Steven Taylor is making a difference with his experience in the Premier League..
In terms of spirit and guts, we want to see the same again at White Hart Lane tomorrow night, minus the gift goals.
Howay The Lads!!