There’s a lot of analysis of last night’s game going on this morning.
Alan Pardew – we were brilliant in the last 15 minutes of extra time
But really the very simple and easy way to look at the game last night, is that Newcastle just didn’t get the breaks and they didn’t get the rub of the green.
Given that we’ve had some luck in many of our previous games, we cannot really complain too much, and over the season the luck tends to even itself out.
Alan Pardew was not too happy about last night because he thought Newcastle should have had at least one penalty that wasn’t awarded.
And he also thought that goalkeeper Tim Krul did not commit the foul that led to Blackburn’s penalty after 64 minutes, and we have to agree with him on that.
This is what Alan said today:
“I thought Demba Ba was pulled down just before they got a penalty.” “Blackburn might feel unlucky to have gone to extra time.”
“But then again I thought that they were very lucky to be 2-0 up, very fortunate. If we’d have got to 1-1, which I think we should have, it was a different game. We’d have been on the front foot.”
“On our tape, Tim played the ball so it wasn’t even a penalty to put them 2-0 up.” “You can’t win every game and this was an example of when events turn against you.”
“They turned against us last night in a horrible way at times.” “I didn’t think we played the first half as well as we could have. I thought we lacked a little bit of urgency and didn’t get at them.”
“We had plenty of possession but we were not really hurting them.” “We got better as the game went on.” “But the second half of extra time we were brilliant and by far the better side.”
“How we have come away losing that game is beyond me, if I’m honest.”
The bottom line is that our lads have done great this season so far, and they now need to knuckle down, learn whatever lessons there are to learn from last night’s game, and then fully prepare for the next game at Stoke City on Monday evening.
It’s very important for many reasons that Newcastle continue to do well in the Premier League this season, and getting something out of the game at the Britannia Stadium will be a good result for Newcastle.
That’s the next challenge, and all that really matters now.