Blackburn looked like a team who had been beaten three times on the trot this afternoon, but although Newcastle dominated the game they couldn’t score a goal, and therefore didn’t get the 3 points.
Alan Pardew – pleased with display
Newcastle played well and held possession for long periods of the game, but Best and Lovenkrands up front were hardly dominant in the air, and much of Newcastle’s set plays rely on Newcastle winning the initial headers from the crosses.
But that didn’t happen much this afternoon, as Samba won nearly all the headers in the box.
Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:
“We stood up to a Blackburn side who were determined to put a bad run behind them and we got a well-earned point today,”
“We’re just so disappointed we didn’t come away with something bigger than we got. Jose Enrique today was magnificent, probably the best player on the pitch.”
“But we just didn’t get a break – something to fall for us – and unfortunately we didn’t get the win which perhaps we deserved.”
“In the last third we didn’t quite work the goalkeeper enough. We controlled the ball, we controlled the game, so I’m very proud of the players.”
“The team were strong and it’s just a shame for our strikers because I thought they really worked hard without getting a break or a decent opportunity.”
We thought that both Lovenkrands and Best today were not impressive, and it was only when Nile Ranger came on after 75 minutes, did the strike force seem to have some sparkle and zest.
We would hope that Alan gives the 19 year-old more playing time in future games, since he’s good in the air, otherwise Newcastle are going to find it hard to score goals, like we did today.
We dominated the game, but when you cannot put the ball in the back of the net you just don’t win.
And Peter Lovenkrands had a wonderful opportunity early on in the first half, when he was straight through on goal, and he lobbed the ball over Robinson, but the ball his the cross-bar and peter should have had the ball in the back of the net.
Peter’s golden touch seems to have deserted him in the last few games, and we thought Best had one of those games where he looked ineffective at best.
“We’ve been strong defensively since I’ve been at the club and I’ve worked really hard on that. So that first half against Arsenal was a freak for us.”
“Mike Williamson, in particular, has stepped up to the Premier League this year and proved what a great signing he is and he did well today.”
“It’s a crucial period of the Premier League, we’re all aware of that,” he said. “A lot will depend on the next three results for how we finish.”
“We want to finish strong, and these three results are going to tell us where we’re going to finish in some ways.”
We were disappointed that the lads couldn’t get the one goal that was needed to get our 3rd win of the year, and now we have 10 points from the 7 games this year – and far too many draws with 4.
We need to turn those draws into wins, and of course Birmingham, having won their last two games by 1-0, have now gained 4 points on Newcastle in that period, and that’s where the lads play on Tuesday night.
A win at Birmingham would be very nice to make up for the disappointment of today’s game.
Today was a game in which the performance was a lot better than the final result.