Newcastle United looked like they were back to something like their best form this afternoon against Swansea City at St. James’ Park.
Demba Ba – put ball just over the bar this afternoon
And certainly it was a much improved performance from last week, with Coloccini back in central defense, and this player is now so important to this Newcastle side.
Note to Newcastle Board – sign up this player – please!
With any luck Newcastle would have won this game in a canter, but it was one of those games when the ball just wouldn’t go into the back of the net.
And following the game Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said he had no complaints, even though Newcastle controlled this game almost from start to finish.
Alan Pardew had this to say after the game:
“It’s frustrating in so much that we played well.” “Swansea have eight clean sheets in the Premier League, they drop deep and defend deep.”
“But they didn’t keep the ball as well as they have been because we wouldn’t let them.”
“They held on – we did everything but score.” “I have no complaints we just couldn’t get the goal we needed.”
“I can’t fault my players.” “It’s frustrating, you don’t want to draw but you give credit to the opposition.”
“We just couldn’t get the breakthrough.”
Newcastle fans will rightly be disappointed in not being able to get all three points, but there were a lot of good stuff to take out of this game.
One was that young Davide Santon looked a very good player and we expect he will now be the starting left back for Newcastle, and in our Man of the Match poll he is out in front with 39% of the vote.
He is followed by striker Demba Ba on 29%, and the Senegal striker everything today other than score, and in one of these games Newcastle are going to take all their chances and go in three or four goals up at the break.
Newcastle hit the woodwork twice in that first half period, when the only mystery at half time was how Newcastle were not ahead in the game.
Maybe that can be against WBA on Wednesday night a St. James’ Park – or even at bottom placed Bolton next Monday evening.
But win these two games and Newcastle will be looking up again and will take that confidence into the final game of the year at Anfield a week on Friday – December 30th.
It was a good performance today, in fact very good – but the only thing missing was that one goal, that would have given the lads a deserved 3 points, and we’d all be flying high.
Sometimes you just don’t get what you deserve, and that happened with Newcastle today.
Howay The Lads!!