When you go through any season, there are always going to be the highs and lows.
John Carver – forget about Arsenal
And Newcastle have had many of them this season, with a big low being on Monday night at the Emirates Stadium, when Newcastle came within a minute of holding a rampant Arsenal side to a 1-1 draw.
That was a result I was reminded I had predicted on an Arsenal blog, in an interview before the game – that was close – but pure luck!
Arsenal got the winner in the 5th minute of stoppage time, and it was a crushing blow for both the players and the fans.
But John Carver has rightly come out today and said it’s over, using the words of Roy Orbison, and there’s no point in dwelling on the last gasp defeat.
And the lads now have to push ahead, and there would be nothing better than a home win against Norwich City on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
And there were many positives that Alan Pardew and the rest of the Newcastle coaches can take out of the game, not least of which was the form of Ben Arfa, who not only scored a brilliant goal, but also worked his socks off for the side, and it was great to see.
The mercurial Frenchman could even have been our Man of the Match on Monday, if I had remembered to include him in the team.
That gaffe will give significant hope to those of our readers who think they may be just a little incompetent. 😀
Geordie coach John Carver was at Norwich last Sunday to see Wigan gain a valuable point in the 1-1 draw, and Wigan looked the better side in that game in the second half, that we also watched on TV
Carver told the local Newcastle press today:
“I think the most important thing is we don’t ponder Monday night.” “I said to the lads we got a late equaliser against Sunderland, and conceded against Arsenal.”
“If we got a choice, I know which one I would pick. It’s no good worrying about that – it’s gone.” “We’ve got a home game we have to win.” “It’s going to be tough.
“I watched the game against Wigan, and Wigan did extremely well against them, and probably should’ve won the game.” “They’ll be looking to bounce back after a draw at home.”
“Their performances away from home have been extremely good, and we know they like to get it down and play football.”
“I think it’s set up for a good game.” “The effort and commitment has been fantastic.” “We’ve got to continue that work.”
We are big believers in Ben Arfa and we have to remember it’s really his first full season in the English Premier League and there are definite signs he is converting his game to become a better player in England.
Cheick Tiote and Ryan Taylor are doubts on Sunday but we’ve noticed Alan Pardew is coy about injuries, and he never mentioned that Ryan was injured before the Arsenal game.
Of course the reason is that Alan wants to keep the opposition thinking and in the dark about the starting eleven, but don’t be surprised if one or even both of them are in the starting line-up on Sunday afternoon.
It’s not exactly a must win game against Norwich, but if the lads show the same skill and commitment and spirit on Sunday, that they showed on Monday night, we have a very good chance of picking up 3 points.
Howay The Lads!!