Alan Pardew rightly thought his side were not threatening enough in front of goal this afternoon at Brighton , when Newcastle went out of the FA Cup with a late own goal by Mike Williamson.
Alan Pardew we did not take our chances
Pardw felt his side lacked any threat in front of goal, and he’s right about that, because Shola Ameobi and Leon Best didn’t look at all sharp this afternoon.
The sooner Newcastle start Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse up front the better, and Alan Pardew should be on the phone to the Senegal manager, requesting that neither striker should play tomorrow night against Libya, so they are ready for the Wednesday night game at Blackburn Rovers.
After all Senegal are already out of the competition having lost their first two games in Group A of the African Cup of Nations, and Newcastle do pay their wages.
If Demba Ba had been playing this afternoon, we could have been 2-0 up at half-time, but we struggled to have any threat up front at all at Brighton, with Leon Best and Shola Ameobi looking anything but in good form in front of goal.
After the game Alan Pardew had to admit Newcastle had failed to take their chances:
I felt we werent threatening their goal enough. They defended well, Brighton, to be fair to them.
We had a good grip of the game in the first half, we felt comfortable. We just struggled to get more shots on goal, to get more chances.
But just before the 90 minutes was up Newcastle should have had a penalty, when Ashley Barnes handled the ball to stop a Yohan Cabaye shot, but the referee didn’t give the penalty - and yes – just our luck!
Pardew talked about the incident:
We havent had one of them all year so we werent expecting one today. I cant really fault my players too much in terms of the commitment they have shown.
It’s the second terrible result and poor performance in the last two games, and we hope Newcastle will do a lot better against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Wednesday evening.
And a little plea to Alan – please start both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse on Wednesday night – please!
We might even to be able to win the game.
Howay The Lads!!