Newcastle suffered a terrible let down in London tonight when Arsenal won the game in the 95th minute.
Alan Pardew – to lose that way is galling
Newcastle played very well and surely deserved to take something out of this game, but luck again was not on their side and Arsenal registered their 5th league win in a row but found Newcastle must harder than Tottenham in their last league win.
Alan Pardew was disappointed after Newcastle conceded in the 5th minute of added time.
Tell me about it!
Newcastle had taken the lead with a good opportunist effort by Ben Arfa for his 4th goal of the season, but Robin van Persie equalized within 53 seconds as Newcastle switched off.
And Danny Simpson was injured towards the end of the game but had to carry on as Newcastle had used all three subs.
This is what Alan had to say to Sky Sports after the game:
“Last minute defeats are galling. Unfortunately our right-back, Danny, got injured and we couldn’t replace him as we had already made three subs,”
“We’ve had such a great season, but even in great seasons you’re going to have days that do not go your way” “The sort of effort we put in tonight, it was a really committed performance to try and get something against a side that are really in form.
“The pushed and they pushed and unfortunately we didn’t have the legs left at the end to see it through.” “We switched off after we scored and almost gifted them the first goal.
“But we’ve defended well. We could have a bit more threat and keep the ball a bit better. But it’s difficult, they are a tough team.”
When Newcastle went ahead it would have helped if we had held the lead more than a minute and Alan agreed maybe that would have made a difference:
“That might have made a difference, but I think really we put such an effort in that we were just running out of steam.” “The five extra minutes did not help us, you could say that they put those on for this and that.”
A lot of the stoppage time was added for Tim Krul wasting time, and yes he may have overdone it a bit, but van Persie didn’t exactly cover himself in glory with his antics either.
Let’s hope they don’t act like that when they are playing for Holland in the summer.
Alan talked about the apparent time wasting:
“The goalkeeper is going to take his time, we’re doing such an effort we have to wait for our strikers to get set and we’re away from home,”
“Maybe he took a bit long with one or two, and it is frustrating for home fans, but you couldn’t fault us for commitment or effort and we have to make sure that last-minute goal does not impact Saturday’s performance because obviously we are very, very disappointed.”
“We’ve had such a great season, but even in great seasons you’re going to have days that do not go your way. I cannot look anyone in the eye in there and say they did not deserve something from the game.”
One thing that was hard to take is the TV commentators have to be less for the big sides, and at half time over here in the US, Steve McManaman at half time said Newcastle would tire in the second half and Arsenal would get the goals to win the game.
They should remain a little bit more objective, but there again I suppose Newcastle have to get second place in the league or thereabouts to get the biased treatment that Arsenal get by the commentators.
That’s the challenge for Newcastle and we have to turn up with our very best form against Norwich at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
We have to play at our best against the lesser sides and get some wins.
Howay The Lads!!