It’s sometimes difficult to give praise when the lads tasted defeat right at the death last night.
But the Arsenal vs Newcastle encounter was an enthralling affair, and Newcastle will have gained many fans by their skillful and spirited display to try to hold the in form goal-scoring Arsenal machine.
And of course we all know it was a tragic ending when in the 5th minute of injury time, Arsenal snatched the winner and then van Persie made a right fool of himself in front of the watching millions around the world.
There must have been bad blood between Tim Krul and van Persie before the game, because the Arsenal captain started very early in the game to taunt the Newcastle goalkeeper – and to think they are Dutch team mates – and I probably shouldn’t use the word mates there.
Danny Simpson said he felt sick, like most of the Newcastle fans at the end of a game, when we thought we were going to earn an excellent point:
“I feel sick, I’m not going to lie.”
“Last week it was us who got the late goal. We were on a high and it felt good. This week, after the effort we put in, it’s sickening to to come here, play our hearts out and concede like that. It hurts.”
“On the last goal, I wish I could have got back but I got cramp. I feel more gutted for me than for the lads; they’re not saying it’s my fault but I couldn’t get back.”
“I just cramped up, I think with all the work we put in. It was in my position at the end.” “The lads are gutted but I think we can take some positives from it. We looked really good in defence, solid again, and we’ve got to take that into Norwich at the weekend. If we work like that against Norwich, we’ll be fine.”
“We were back to ourselves again,” ”Even though they had a lot of the ball, I don’t think they opened us up too much apart from maybe the first ten minutes.”
“When we did break and countered them, we did look threatening but I think sometimes we were just tired and we didn’t have that extra oomph to try and score.”
“I think we would have taken a draw. Our record in the last couple of seasons against Arsenal has been really good so it hurts, it really hurts. Out of all the games this season, it hurts the most.”
“It’s gutting, but we have to try to pick ourselves up over the next couple of days and get ready for Norwich.”
You cannot blame Simpson for the last goal, and it really shows the work the Newcastle players put in that both Cheick Tiote and Danny Simpson got cramp near the end of the game.
Hey, we need to get these lads to be fitter.
It will be a whole new ball game against Norwich City, and it’s surprising how a win in that game will get us right back into the mix for a Europa League place.