The Performance Was Very Good – The Result Wasn’t

First of all, the way the Newcastle team played yesterday, with verve and  passion, and attacking the opposition as much as they could – even when they were down to 10 men –   it’s really hard to criticize the players – and we’re not going to.

Ryan Taylor – after being shown red card

But Newcastle created so many chances in those first 35 minutes, that they should really have put the game away in the first half.

And it would certainly not have been against the run of play, if Newcastle had been two goals or three goals up, before Sturridge scored a good goal for Bolton on 37 minutes.

It was a good goal from a Bolton perspective, but not good from the Newcastle defense,  as fan favorite Tiote gave the ball away, and within a few seconds the ball was in the back of the net, and Bolton were level, though they hardly deserved to be.

And then on 54 minutes Ryan Taylor was sent off,  as his first touch was poor,  and he went into a two legged lunge on Johan Elmander, and referee Chris Foy was forced to give his first red card in the Premier League this season.

But even with 10 men and at home, this Newcastle side were hardly going to surrender and they gave another shows of guts and glory in the second half,  and again with a little luck they could have won the game.

It seems that Alan Pardew has already realized what Newcastle fans want to see from their team, and that he is going to provide it – go out and try to win every game, and attack the opposition where their weakness are.

So on the day, it was an excellent result because Newcastle didn’t cave in with 10 men, but there again a win would have put us to 7th place, so it’s a little bit like 2 points lost.

It would appear that in each of the remaining 10 league games,  Alan Pardew sees each game as a battle to get all 3 points wherever Newcastle play, and whoever the opposition is.

Sounds good to us.

We just have to hope the lads become just a little bit sharper in front of goal, although in that first half Leon Best again looked the part,  and was a little unlucky on a number of occasions not to score.

And with most other teams, than an in-form Bolton side, we would have won the game in the first half.

But more performances like this will satisfy the Newcastle fans – and we were again proud of our lads yesterday.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • GeordieDan

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    The lads and Pardew’s tactics did us proud again yesterday.

    We are a genuinely quality side now and from recent evidence we’ll have a go at any team put in front of us.

    I have to admit that when I heard Lovenkrands was going off for Steven Taylor I thought, Oh no, its too early to try and hang on to the point but at the exact same time he brought on Ranger who scared the hell out Bolton-It was such a shame his goal didn’t stand, imagine what that would have done for his confidence!

    Great effort though, deserved all 3points but never mind. Cheers lads

  • tdt

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    As I said last night, this will be a good result if we beat everton.

    Will lovenkrands be dropped 4 shola next week? I sure hope Barton will be back aswell.

  • Klatoon

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    We played well,its unbelievable the amount of chances we create these days,soon they will start going in and some1 is gonna get a drubbing,(mayb Everton 😀 ) we certainly ddnt create as many under CH although we put away the few we got. Ed is right,these days the boys go into every game believing they can win,and play like it too. I don’t think we should fear any team now.

    PS: Any1 with news on the extent of Joey’s injury? Is Guthrie fit? we need these 2 because after Raylor’s red we might not have a RW against Everton unless Pardew throws Jonas there (who plays LW then?)

  • munch27

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    @ 3 if jonas plays on the right we could give the young lad Ferguson on the left , as he was promoted to the bench after joey’s warm up injury Pards must think he’s ready if not play tayls @ RB and simmo at RW simples.

  • clinta2

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Everton will be a tough game, as much like Villa, they are starting to play better football and move up the table. They have some quality players and the likes of Cahill always come up with goals. We need to at least get a point from that game or we will start to drop down a few places.

    We’ll be safe and I think we will finish around where we are now. Bit too late for Europe I’m thinking.

  • kilcline

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Give R Taylor back to wigan for free when they get relegated in the summer. Waste of space.

    This highilights we need a top top striker who can take the chances.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #7

    clinta2>> I AGREE, but it’s not too late for Europe, the battle for 7th till the end.

    kilcline>>> mate, are you crazy??? He was crossing the ball, he was defending, he was really working hard for the team. I liked that i saw of him (Except that tackle, but there shouldn’t be a red, remember – Mr ‘i hate him’ DE JONG hasn’t been given a card at all.) p.s Maybe you are waste of space among NUFC fans.

    Klatoon>>> the answer is, that if Alan will put Jonas on the the right, then maybe there is a chance for Shane. But i imagine that he could play Lover on the right wing leaving Best and Shola (or Ranger) upfront. It would be a very atacking formation. Also S.Taylor could play on the right, this would be more defensive formation. p.s maybe barton, guthrie or ireland will be fit who knows? But i hope to score more goals from standarts. Also next game is the best time to shine for Ranger 😉

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Loverboys little flick on in the box was a very good height for Jussi a foot or two higher or lower could have given him real problems stopping it

    Best is looking quite good only inches offside when brought down in the box, ranger only inches offside for the late goal

    on another day and that would have could have been a three or four goal win, as Bolton never had three good chances.

    Even down to ten men we still looked threatening and the self belief is increasing every day.

    IF we can make Europe and IF MA shows his intent by converting the extra club income into team development then we could keep out top players as well as bring in some more quality, even without making Europe MA can still send the message to the players that we are trying to go in the right direction so still keep our prize players, the future is looking promising.


    Feb 28, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Ireland is back to fitness so personally I’d play him on the right… hes not going to break the tiote-nolan partnership and hes got pace and is still young.. Tho


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