Newcastle gave a very good account of themselves at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, in front of a watching world-wide TV audience, but unfortunately we got absolutely nothing out of the game.
Gutierrez and Tiote tackle Walcott on Monday night
Liverpool won 3-0 last night, against an under-strength Everton side, who were saving some of their top players for the FA Cup quarter final game at Goodison Park against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.
And Newcastle are now just 2 points ahead of 7th placed Liverpool, but with a much worse goal difference.
In fact Newcastle’s goal difference of -1 is the worst of all the top eight sides in the Premier League at the moment, and we could do with some big wins to improve it over the last 10 games of the season.
But there were a lot of positives to take out of the display by our lads on Monday night and if we can play with the same intensity against Norwich City on Sunday, we could get the win we so desperately need.
This is what Jonas said about the game on Monday night:
“It is hard to get nothing when you play as hard as we did against Arsenal,” “But this is football – you never know what is going to happen. That is why it is the best sport in the world.”
“You never know what is going to happen, if you saw Arsenal’s last game against AC Milan when they won 3-0, you would think they would have had an easy night against us. But they didn’t.”
“We played well, we defended well but we have to play better with the ball next time. We need to analyse the mistakes that we made, the defensive mistakes and make sure we never make those mistakes again.”
Cheick Tiote and Danny Simpson are still doubts for Sunday, as they suffered with exhaustion and cramp respectively, in the closing stages of the game.
But both will probably make it, and we expect Alan Pardew to play a strong side in an attacking 4-4-2 formation, as we go after our first win in fives games.
A win on Sunday and things will start to look just a little bit brighter for Newcastle fans.