Newcastle had a few problems towards the end of last night’s game at Arsenal.
Alan Pardew – wrinkles starting to show
Danny Simpson was injured and with Newcastle having used all three of their substitutes there wasn’t anything the Magpies could do, but try to hang on.
And the 5 minutes added time at the end of the game didn’t help things, and it was enough time for Arsenal to get the winner in the 95th minute.
And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew thinks Newcastle had to win the game to have a chance of finishing in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
So a draw wouldn’t have helped much, but of course it would have been better than a defeat, and the lads deserved something out of the game last night – they played very well and showed some great spirit.
This is what Alan sad after the game:
“The draw wouldn’t have made any difference to us,” “We needed to win to stay in there and we ain’t going to go there. We must go for the Europa League now. We have a lot to play for still.”
“At that point before Vermaelen’s goal we were not trying to win it, if I’m honest.” “Sometimes when a team is pushing on high there is the greatest opportunity.”
“We had a few problems towards the end of the game. We lost Cheick Tiote to cramp and Danny Simpson had an injury but we had no subs left. Danny just couldn’t get back to stop the goal.”
“In the second half we couldn’t have done more to stop a team that is in good form.” “For commitment and effort, you couldn’t fault us tonight.”
It’s over now and there’s not much that can be done about it, and after all Newcastle did salvage a point in their game with a stoppage time winner against old enemy Sunderland last time out, so it’s hard to complain too much.
These things tend to sort themselves out over a season so maybe we are due a winner in stoppage time in our last 10 games.
Everton play Liverpool at Anfield tonight, and a Liverpool win will seem them just 2 points behind Newcastle in the league table.
An Everton win would see them on 40 points and just 4 points behind Newcastle and Everton are a team in form and could challenge Newcastle in the league table over the last 10 games of the season, along with Liverpool.
A draw would probably be the best result for Newcastle in the Liverpool derby tonight.
It will be important now for Newcastle to get back to their winning ways against Norwich on Sunday – that’s for sure.