Newcastle Just Didn’t Have The Rub Of The Green Yesterday

For the first 40 minutes yesterday everything was working well for Newcastle.

Great shot of Alan Pardew and Roberto Mancini yesterday

But it was a little ominous when Demba  Ba had two good chances and missed them both.

For the first one,  he was put through brilliantly by the impressive Ben Arfa, but his first time shot brought an excellent save from England goalkeeper Joe Hart to keep the ball out.

The second chance was a free header from a Yohan Cabaye right wing corner,  and Ba’s header was wide of Hart’s left hand post, and he should have done better with that chance.

But we were thinking that  if Newcastle could get to half time at 0-0, we could come at them a bit in that second half.

But two unusual mistakes by the Newcastle defense, and both by Ryan Taylor,  gave them a penalty after 41 minutes with a handball, and then Micah Richards was allowed to shoot,  when the ball should have been  cleared by Ryan.

Whether the Ryan Taylor gaffes will make Alan Pardew take a good hard look at David Santone this week in training, we don’t know,  but we think Newcastle will now stand a much better chance of getting something out of Old Trafford on Saturday, after yesterday’s performance.

That’s because our lads will make doubly sure they cut out the mistakes at the back, which cost us so heavily yesterday with three goals.

As some readers have sent me emails – a draw at Old Trafford and a win at home to Chelsea in the next two tough games would be great.

But we cannot start making defensive mistakes like we saw yesterday, when a third mistake by Ben Arfa after 72 minutes gave another penalty away, and we were 3-0 down and game over.

Newcastle missed some opportunities when Danny Guthrie brought a good save out of Joe Hart, and Ben Arfa showed amazing skill as he wiggled his way through into the penalty box,  but his right foot shot saw the ball rebound off a post.

Captain Coloccini also had a great shot blocked from a corner, before Dan Gosling got Newcastle’s goal on 88 minutes, to at least make the score a little more respectable.

But Newcastle suffered yesterday because they did things that they haven’t done much of this season – commit defensive mistakes.

It could be that they were caused by the incessant pressure put on our lads by Man City yesterday, who looked a very good side.

But this will tell Alan Pardew where the Newcastle weaknesses still lie, and it does look like Ryan may not be able to play at the highest level, but it’s just one game, and we don’t expect manager Pardew to over-react.

Indeed if Ryan Taylor keeps his place we could see him put in a stellar game at Old Trafford.

Alan’s  game plan was excellent yesterday, but it’s hard to plan against individual errors, and that’s what really beat Newcastle yesterday – our own errors – three of them to be exact.

But this shouldn’t hit the Newcastle players’  confidence too much, and we look forward to the Manchester  United game – maybe we can even win that one – with a little luck we didn’t have yesterday.

We should have Cheick Tiote, Gabriel Obertan and Leon Best back for Saturday, and available for selection and we expect Newcastle to give it their all again on Saturday!

We don’t feel too bad about the defeat yesterday, and certainly at the end of the game yesterday, we were proud of our lads, who gave it 100% effort once again.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • ballerfan2

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Lots of quality performances yesterday – and not just from City. You can see why we are up there. … and remenber, City are a collection of the finest players on the planet.

  • stuart no9

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    ED ” didnt have the rub of the green” nonsense we were beaten by a better team , end of.

  • london_mag

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Why have we still seen almost nothing of Santon and why is James Perch getting playing time above him in probably the toughest game of the season?

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Off topic, i hope stoke go down, awful team, awful style

  • ardenTOON

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    We had the chances to win the game and Ba should certainly have scored from that pass from ben arfa..a free header after that..on the bright side it’s better that our luck deserts us against the big boys rather than the others..and benny must start the next game for me, he would’nt look out of place in the city squad. He’s the player that would take us that extra level as pardew mentioned

  • GFH

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m deflated after the game but my head tells me that weve played well in many ways throughout the game .that we’ve come out of the game better than Man u or Arsenal did against City and that they still have to come to St James Park , hopefully when we have fewer injuries ans some new signings. The difference between the two sets of substitutes shows that we still need to strengthen in depth


    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    I thought we did ok considering.. Jonas was poor-our worst player on the day. Jonas looked better last season with a ball playing, left sided full back like Enrique… We need to fill that position.. I thought HBA was very good and gives us another dimension offensively.. He will score goals against anyone lower quality opposition.. Guthrie didn’t have a good game, when he can’t get on the ball he looks a bit useless.. We missed Tiote basically.. Colo and saylor were very good again-two top top centre backs

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Stuart No9; you are right mate we just come up against a better team who did just as much as they had to, to get the points!

    London mag: word inside the club is Pardew doesn’t fancy Santon.
    Pardew picks his team from what he sees in training and Santon apparently doesn’t train well!

    What I do know is after talking to City fans, they believe we are the best side they have played in ages!
    Well done Alan Pardew and his team!

  • daneevz

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #9

    The problem with jonas is we are using a lb in r.taylor who is not a fluent left back and jonas has to cover him all game so we aint seeing him down the wing which is restricting the attacks down the left. Santon deserves a shot who will be mo familiar with the responsabilities and should free up jonas to attack which he normally does. Makes it evenlly balanced across the back. But agree man.c were to strong and we didnt really deserve any points but not a dismal performance but with utd playing a tricky midweek game we can go there with points a big posibillity.

  • geoff777

    Nov 20, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    City were so much better than us.

    Sure we had chances.

    At 3-0 they went into “cruise” mode.
    If they’d really attacked they might have got another three.

    Having said that I was pleased by the performance.
    The defence did well against some of world footballs top players.

    Saylor is home-grown, Simmo & Raylor cost peanuts.

    Yet we expect them to perform without fault for 90 minutes, away from home, against an attack worth 100M+.

    They all played exceptionally well.
    Guthrie, Simmo & Saylor were brilliant.

  • Magforlife

    Nov 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    So we came unstuck against the millions of pounds worth of talent yesterday, I am so proud of what they have already achieved. Feared the worst this season how have hope and optimism for the rest of the season.
    3-1 at City could have being a lot worse many sides we get hammered there. Only weeks ago this side put 6 past Man U at their place .


    Nov 20, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #12

    I laughed when i seen this headline about the our luck yesterday because i was saying the same thing 2my m8!
    City were the better side when it came to the quantity of posession & quality of passing and most times they did get the rub of the green aswell! But when we got our attacks against them we looked deadly on everything apart from the finishing! we finally proved we can score against any1 on 88mins ”to late” ah well at least our goal difference is only 2 worse off!


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