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Newcastle Deserve Great Credit For Arsenal Display

2:51 pm, Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

It’s sometimes difficult to give praise when the lads tasted defeat right at the death last night.

Oh No!!!!

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Danny Simpson · Injuries · Newcastle News





25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 tomtoon7 // Mar 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    totally agree ed,not exactly best result but i hope the team can take some confidence goin forward 2 home game v norwich.Cmon ALL get behind our beloved team.HWTL

  • 2 catchy in norway // Mar 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    how????

    for luck???? cos thats what it was again, , i only seen the 2nd half, and we were shit,
    we invited them onto us time after time, then came the launch it long football, with no support for the 2 up front,

    perch, isnt good enough for any position in DF,

    obertan, should consider doing something else, as he is not a footballer, in any shape or form,

    pardew, hmmmm, he should stop thinking of the players as friends, and employ them to do a job, and play his best players, regardless of age,

  • 3 Klatoon // Mar 13, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Wow,massive hangover watched the game in a bar and had 1 or 15 too many. To be honest i dont even recall alot from the game,spent the entire night tryna outshout a horde of Arse fans,almost got into it with a pair of em after their winner,celebrating in my face.grrrrrrr

    when are they inventing that anti-hangover pill :-)

  • 4 tomtoon7 // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Catch in Norway(where in norway) Perch done alright when e came on.Guthrie was at fault(Simpson gettin cramp didnt help mind),saunterin back,shud’ve broke into a sweat 2defend such a last minute kick in the B****S.

  • 5 davybtoon // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Perch was brilliant last nyt when he came in all honesty I hope Simpson n santon r injured so perch can go ryt back n rtaylor lb think we will b alot more solid

    The fans abusing Simpson in twitter shud ashamed

  • 6 davybtoon // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    On cabaye lack of form I think he is probably feeling the effects of playing in a far harder league than the French one

  • 7 t00ntime // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    @davybtoon he also didnt have a winterbreak for the first time! he could be showing why we got him so cheap, he has to prepare for the league.

    in 1 or 2 seasons he will be quality all season (we just have to make sure we secure a top 6 place for those seasons to make him wanna stay)

    feel sorry for simmo last night. Hated him for a bit after the goal, but he had a great game with one mistake all game (taking the throw quickly).
    Poor lad was pshyically sick… describing as his worst defeat this season and blames himself for the loss even when the team dont…

    He said he took the throw and then his leg seized and he fell to the floor with cramp and couldnt move his legs.

    If anything we learnt arsenal are unsporting! we stopped the game when there guy was done (tiote) we cud of passed it too ba and made it 2-1. instead we rolled it out

    in the 2nd half they ignored tiote on the floor and simpson and just carried on! then RVP started shouting at krul for doing nothing wrong (all keepers take longer away from home! normally cisse closes the keeper down for us (to make him hurry) VP had no right to complain.

    arsenal have done it to 2 or 3 teams this season now, they score when the other team has one or 2 players hurt… Nobody should stop for arsenal again!

    but then cry baby wenger will call his mates at the FA and start shouting at em about how its unfair (like he did about injury time a few seasons back, the fa checked it out and told Wenger he was wrong) to which more abuse of the FA came during the next interview… sore loser is all he is

    hope spuds stay 3rd now!

  • 8 t00ntime // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    down* not done

  • 9 Ian Magpie // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Ed iv got to ask, Why do you think they deserved credit??????????????????? If this was a boxing match the towel would have been thrown in it was that one sided! Gawd how I love my club but I cant say we deserved credit for this one! Norwich is an absolute must now!!!

  • 10 pbNcl // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    We take that performance into norwich and we will suceed most certainly. Take out some of the fustration at arsenal playin possession for so long!

    And I’ve definatly lost respect for horse face van persie now. Welcome to the geordie hate book you pleb

  • 11 t00ntime // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    @Ian he means our defensive attributes… all our players worked well in defense (even perch :O) jonas and santon seemed to have communication problems.

    Only ba didnt help defensively cause he was too busy trying to chase Tim kruls long balls!

    but u cant tell me

    colo, ben arfa, krul, perch, simmo, tiote

    had bad games, jonas had a good 2nd half and cabaye was good defensively but no passing… obertan shouldnt of started !

    shud of been

    ————-krul
    simmo-wilm—-colo–santon
    ben arfa-cab–tiot—-jonas
    ————Ba
    ———–cisse

    or 4-4-2

    suppose we had to test out obertan again, unfortunately he failed again :( 2 good passes all game

  • 12 Toon_Tom // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    pbNcl > totally agree mate, I didnt have a bad word to say about RVP until this one.

    What a total nob end!!!!!

  • 13 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    After a terrible run of games. It’s about time Pardew got back to basics. It’s dropping players playing far below standard. Cabaye has to be benched. Simple really. His midfield performance since the turn of the year is hopeless to be honest.

    And i prefer perch over Willo now. Who has been terrible as well. Perch did well last night.

  • 14 Toon_Tom // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    for Norwich-

    Swap Williamson for Perch
    Swap Cabaye for Guthrie
    Drop Obertan for Cisse

    keep Benny on the right and play Ba and Cisse!

  • 15 Charlietoon // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Ian the team deserves credit because we came within one minute of get a point against a top team in the from of their lives away from home. If it was a boxing match far from throwing the towel I think it was more like Rocky 4. We were balboa up against a big russian all doped up in moscow and we never gave in despite taking numerous hits. Sadly in the final seconds in the final round we took a big hit and went down. Not the hollywood ending I know but no one can look at that and say we didn’t give a good account of ourselves and psychologically it should be big motivation for the players for the rest of the season.

    I cant think of one player who had a really bad game. Obertan springs to mind but he did get the assist for HBA.

  • 16 pbNcl // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Cabaye is an issue like. I’m not sure it would be wise to drop him, as motivation, for the final ten games of the season with this being his first season. Collo’s improved about a million percent since his first season.

    And perch is gaining quite a decent reputation as a utility defender, just not cb. Never cb.

  • 17 Klatoon // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Toon_tom,really? You want to play Perch instead of Willo against Norwich??? Perch has improved tremendously and i would have him ahead of Willo but not against Norwich or Stoke. They would have a field day with their aerial assault in our box. Remember what happened in the away game.

  • 18 t00ntime // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    perch shud come on CM or LB he is very capable (didnt think i wud say that) but not CB

    cabaye cant be dropped… guthrie is pure sh1te lately… yesterday he ran on the pitch and straight back off the other side lol didnt see him at all.

    cabaye still helps the defense but needs to do simple passes…

    all our team do SIMPLE passes…. no need to launch it or go for a cute chip, just simple!

    when were ahead try the sexier stuff :S

  • 19 martoon // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    The question still remains as to why Simpson went to take the throw? I know this is normal practice but not in the 93rd minute when you are desperately hanging on for a draw.
    I agree with others that Perch can do a good job at FB or DM but not at CB.

  • 20 geordiejohn // Mar 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    well played Newcastle and unlucky you should have got the point,i do not think Obertan is good enough and what is going on with Cisse ?
    to pay ten million for him and then bring on Shola is crazy.

  • 21 t00ntime // Mar 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    @martoon

    he wanted a quick throw to get it too shola so that he can take it too the corner (the longer its out the more time added on) but when he took the throw his legs collapsed just after meaning he cudnt get back

    strange plan but poor simmo, blames himself… really feel for him! 2 goal line clearences, and stopped oxlade chamberlain all game and gervinho too!

  • 22 martoon // Mar 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    t00ntime @21 – I understand the tactics but any of the forward players could have taken the throw eg HBA and in the 93rd minute your defence stays back in position.

  • 23 alip123 // Mar 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Why are people slagging off Simpson? Not only has he put in a good effort this season, he has played every match, so if he gets a bit of cramp surely he can be excused???

    And remember he made 2 goal line clearances when it was 1-1.

    Santon needs to learn to adapt to EPL pace, but he is better than Enrique was when he first came.

    Ben Arfa should start against Norwich, play Cisse up front in place of Obertan, maybe shift Guthrie into centre mid in place of Cabaye, cos Cabaye needs a kick up the backside.

    We defended well, but Arsenal deserved to win. But RVP is a C*nt

  • 24 Marcelinho_Bramble // Mar 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    great credit doesnt gave you points right?

  • 25 Ericles // Mar 14, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Sounds like a cliche I know – but we were robbed! We did great against a quality footballing side backed up by a ref known to be either a “homer” or Arsenal sympathiser, and a crowd containing some very unportsmanlike goons. OK, we all have our opinions on AP’s tactics and team choices, but when it comes to it we are the best fans going when it comes to backing whoever are playing out there on the pitch. There was a difference in play against Arsenal compared to us – but it was not the Toon Army” who behaved badly like Van Persie and his hooligan minority support.




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