The Newcastle squad is now back in Newcastle after taking a chartered flight back home from Austria after the 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce in Vienna, in which a lot of Newcastle players gave a good account of themselves.
Alan Pardew – we thought we were cruising – we switched off
Newcastle played very well last night and after a very good goal from 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid had put Newcastle ahead after 76 minutes, we conceded a goal with almost the last kick of the match, and that’s always very hard to take – even in a friendly game.
And after going ahead Newcastle must have had three good chances to go 2-0 up, with Shola And Cisse missing some decent chances that they didn’t take, but Alan Pardew thinks it’s a valuable lesson that our players can learn, as he had this to say today to the Sunday Sun today:
“It was a game we should have won.” “There’s no doubt about that.” “It shows at this level that you can’t switch off.” “They are a Champions League team and that’s what we did, switched off.”
“We thought we were cruising and should have scored a second goal.” “It didn’t come.” “You need to see the game out with tenacity.” “We didn’t and they scored and it showed what it’s like.”
“This could be a valuable lesson for us.”
Alan’s so right that it’s a valuable lesson to learn, and it’s one of the worst things that can happen in the league, when we are winning late in the game, and the oppostion equalizes - and that 2 points dropped right there – and it’s like a kick in the gut – or even worse.
But still, there were some very good performances from our players last night, so we are not going to grumble.