Newcastle Confidence Still Sky High Despite First League Defeat


Demba  Ba seems to be looking forward to the game at Old Trafford next Saturday afternoon.

Demba Ba in action on Saturday

Newcastle acquitted themselves well last Saturday but to beat a team that was amassed for over £800M in cash over the last three years,  you cannot make any mistakes, and you must take your chances when they are offered.

And in short, Newcastle did neither of those, especially in the first half.  Demba Ba has the best two opportunities offered to either side in that first half, and he missed them both.

And then in the last four minutes of the half the Newcastle defense made two uncharacteristic errors, both committed by the usually solid Ryan Taylor.

And our lads found themselves 2-0 down at the half after going toe to toe with City for most of that first half.

This is what Demnba ba told the local press today about the first league defeat of the season:

“We have some very strong characters in the dressing room and I am sure this result will not affect us,” “We are not going to struggle mentally just because of one defeat.”

“We played well. We might not have had much of the ball in the first half, but I thought we defended really well. And in the second half we played higher and were able to press them more.”

“The challenge now is to come back from this because we have another big game coming up next weekend.”  “We go to Manchester United, but I think we will still have plenty of confidence after this,”

“It was our biggest challenge of the season, and even though we didn’t win, I still think we played well.”  “If we play like this next weekend, but just take the chances that come our way,”

“I definitely think we can get something from Man United. What we showed here, we just have to make sure we show it again next week.”

“If we do that, but bring a little something more in front of goal, I am pretty sure we will be okay. We should also have some of the other players who were injured and that can only help make us even more competitive.”

“I enjoyed playing with Hatem,” . “He is very talented but he is also a very clever player as well. He gave me the ball for my first chance, and I think me and him were probably the only people in the stadium expecting it.”

“I feel like there is a good understanding there already.”

And even in the second half, Ben Arfa hit the post and Danny Guthrie had a good effort well saved by England goalkeeper Joe Hart, so it wasn’t going to be Newcastle’s day, and that’s how things turned out.

Cheik Tiote, Gabriel Obertan and Leon Best should all be available for the visit to Manchester United,  and we think we’ll see Cheick starting the game at Old Trafford, but we still expect Alan Pardew to stick with the same defense,  even after Ryan Taylor’s two mistakes.

We thought Ben Arfa looked good, but Demba  Ba seemed a little uncomfortable being the main man up front, but maybe more training with Ben Arfa  this week will help, but Leon Best should also be fit  for Saturday’s second tough away match in a row.

If Newcastle can cut out the mistakes, take their chances, and have some luck, there’s no reason we cannot take something out of the game this Saturday.

Howay The Lads!!


12 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 21, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    ED i think you should also post about the ratings of NEWCASTEL players of the match they played

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  • magpiebop

    Nov 21, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    HAWAY THE LADS

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 21, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think it is a case of dropping raylor, but more of moving him to another position, ie right mid, a la beckham or play him from the bench. We have to start santon some time.

    It’s funny (well not really) how we always seem to concede when Saylor is off the pitch having treatment. We never seem to be able to cover with 10 men for 5 mins.

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 21, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    We have every reason to have high confidence skill.
    It wasn’t skill that beat us, it was individual mistakes. And only 3 of them.

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  • WWJBD

    Nov 21, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #5

    We did well against the biggest and baddest in the league with a weakened side….why wouldnt we be confident? Good that Ba hasent let his confidence level drop after missing two relatively easy goals

    I just read Marv is out until atleast Feb, no idea how I missed that news as it was from last week, am gutted by this news

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  • magpiebop

    Nov 21, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    We’re conceding far too many penalty kicks. Both penalties were soft and the 2nd goal was an awkward ball for RTaylor to deal wii. We shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves for losing as the lads never let their heads drop and kept going till we got a goal!

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  • WWJBD

    Nov 21, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Neither pen was soft howay. Blatent hand ball and a shove in the back in the area

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 21, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Every team in the league is gunna go to man titties and get beat. There is no reason for the confidence to drop. It was 3 really weak goals, 3 goals that could have been avoided but thats footy. Roll on the red half of scumchester, who keep scabbing 1 nil wins week in week out may i add. Surely they will be there for the taking.

    ps. some of benarfa’s play was outstanding and he looked like the player we knew. Just needs time eh.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Nov 21, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Both were penos,no doubt about it.
    Rayls had his arms out and even though it was ball to hand his hand was a long way from his body and stopped a definite scoring opportunity.
    Bennys tackle on Richards was a typical attacker tackling back,leaned into him with his foot between his legs and nowhere near the ball.
    Poor defending on all 3 goals,but def penalties.
    Better team won on the day.
    We have gotta learn from it though.
    Nani will be pushin Rayls all the way next weekend,so we gotta be first class and maybe route one at times

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  • LEROI

    Nov 21, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    We played well when we had the ball evry attack seemed to end with a shot on target or damn near it! They played better. had a lot of possession & we gifted them 3 goals! 2 were defo pen’s, but on another day or with another ref we may have got off with it!
    I’ve Just gotta defend Ba on his ”free header” coz he had to lean well back & he did well to get owt on it at all!
    Maybe he should change those red&yellow clown shoes for the next game tho ha ha ha! Have u seen how big his feet are man & wearing them just make it more funny lol! Ney wonder lescott stood on them he couldn’t do nowt else heh heh!

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  • LEROI

    Nov 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Are they having a big promo on hulk hogan football boots coz those two little city sh*ts nasri & silva were wearing them aswell hee hee hee!
    I wonder if they got a free hulkamania bandana and rippable t-shirt with em huh huh huh??
    Ahhaa hhaaa haaa ”What u gonna do when footamania runs wild on u??”
    Whats bluddy next eh? Mr Blobby boots pink boots with yellow polka dots heh heh heh! Ridiculous!!

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  • LEROI

    Nov 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #12

    When i was 12 the only ”fancy” boots u got were either Adidas predator or those Ryan Giggs reebok one’s which had either a turquoise or red reebok design on! And the dads around the pitch would either say ”hey those boots are smart like son” or ”here man what ye deeing wu them bluddy fairy shoes on man?” i wonder what they make of these fricken ugly bowling shoe looking things noo?

    Alright rant over about daft flippin boots lol!

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