Danny Simpson said following the listless display at Aston Villa, that the Newcastle players were hurting after the game.
Danny Simpson – in action on Sunday
We have some news for Danny, it hurt the Newcastle fans a lot more than it did the players, and you just have to see some of the comments after the game from fans who were there – and they were not too happy at all at the display.
They spent a load of money to get to Villa Park, and got sunburn too, in what was a poor performance from the Newcastle side, and that’s being kind.
We’ve heard all the excuses for the poor performance, injures, suspensions – all that stuff – and at least for me it was made a lot worse last night when I watched a certain Andy Carroll annihilate a suspect Manchester City rearguard.
He had two half chances in the first half, and put them both away in great style, and was given a standing ovation when Kenny Dalglish brought him off in injury time.
If the Gateshead lad can do that to one of the best sides in the league, then what are the ordinary sides going to do with Andy – who is fast becoming the new face of English football.
The good news about that is he’s a Geordie and always will be – the bad news is that he no longer plays for Newcastle United.
As I said, the game last night only made me feel even worse than I did after Sunday’s poor display, when we never really looked like scoring against one of the weaker sides in the division.
Simpson yesterday still felt they deserved something from the game:
“I thought we did all right,” “If you look over the game, I think we had the better chances.” “They looked good in bits, but Nile Ranger, Peter and Joey all had chances.”“With their goal, it wasn’t a free-kick. “
“He’s been doing it all season – he gets a touch, and he goes down.” “He got his free-kick, and there was a flick-on. Harps couldn’t do anything about it.” “It was disappointing, that goal, Up to that point we were coping with them. They were just playing long balls. We did that through most of the game.” “It hurts, as we had some really good chances.
“We said at half-time, the longer it stays at 1-0, the more nervous they’ll get. They’ll drop off.” “That’s what happened. Shefki Kuqi came on and made a bit of an impact, but it didn’t fall right.” “Peter had a shot, and it was a great save from the keeper. Even if we’d got one, we might have gone on to win it.”
Let’s introduce just a little bit of reality here, and get away from this woulda coulda shoulda stuff – which is all about what might have been – but wasn’t.
It reminds me of when we got relegated back in 1961, when I was at the club as a youngster, and say had just lost a game 3-0 – the conversation would go something like this:
“Their first two goals were offside. and the goalkeeper should have saved the last one – and we missed a sitter in the last minute – we should have won 1-0!” 😀
We are all biased towards Newcastle, but you also have to be down to earth and realistic too.
Newcastle didn’t get anything out of the game on Sunday, because they were simply not good enough, against a side that had been struggling immensely in the league this season, and whom we beat 6-0 at home last August, and they had just one win in their previous 7 games.
Newcastle looked an ordinary side at best at Villa Park, that’s the truth, and now heaven help us if we lose to Blackpool a week on Saturday.
That’s also the truth.