The performance last night by Newcastle side had a lot in it to make Newcastle fans just a little bit concerned.
Not many happy Newcastle faces on the sidelines last night
But there were also some good, and even great performances from some of the youngsters like Tim Krul, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic, and things probably evened out between that terrible first half performance and Newcastle’s play after the interval.
And since the lads won the game, the overall feeling today is positive, and we are through to the next round and will be in the hat for tomorrow’s draw, and maybe we can get Aldershot, Shrewsbury or Rochdale at home?
Alan Pardew has admitted things were not all great last night, and he certainly looked a frustrated man through most of last night, until Ryan Taylor scored another great goal from a free kick on 80 minutes to level the scores at 1-1.
This is what Alan said today about last night:
“They are always tough nights. It is easy for the fans and the media to think we would come here and just get a 3-0 or 4-0 victory.”
“None of the sides from the Premier League have sailed through this week. At home it is different.” “Scunthorpe could not come to St James’ Park and do that.”
“It was a harder game – and harder than probably Fulham’s game was in the Ukraine.” “In the first half, you needed to have the application to play here and we did not have that.”
“We struggled and we were lucky to go in at 1-0 down, but in the second half we were brilliant.” “What could have been a negative night for me as the manager turned out to be positive.”
“We won the game, we are in the hat, three or four players were outstanding and the subs made an impact.” “I thought tactically we needed to change.” “We pushed three up top and tried to pin back their back four.
“That seemed to work and restricted their full-backs and we started to dominate.” “We should have won it in normal time. We had chance after chance in the second half.”
“We should not have needed Tim’s dynamic saves because the game should have been won by then.”
These games are always tough ones for whatever reason, but Newcastle are not the first team to struggle against lower league opposition this season, and it’s especially difficult away from home on a narrow pitch.
Sunderland and Swansea both lost away games to lower league opposition, and QPR and Norwich even lost at home to lower league opposition.
And now the three promoted sides to the Premier League are all out of the Carling Cup in their very first games, and of course their priority will be on staying in the Premier League this season.
It’s a real pity Sunderland were beaten at Brighton – no – I don’t mean that – just kidding.