The result yesterday was a disappointing one when we lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, and the performance in that first half was not up to par, but it wasn’t in the first half against Tottenham last week either.
Vurnon Anita touches Torres – and he goes flying
It seems the difference between the two league games was that we had a bit of luck last week as Spurs hit the woodwork twice in that first half, when we were again second best, but yesterday we weren’t so lucky, and when Chelsea got that rather soft penalty after 21 minutes , maybe it wasn’t going to be our day.
But after Chelsea scored that goal, Newcastle came more into the game in that first half, and then we conceded what was a good goal from Fernando Torres very late in the half, and there wasn’t too much Newcastle could do about that one.
But that second killer goal came after three minutes into added time in the first half, and it was always going to be a mountain to climb for our lads in that second half.
But let’s give Newcastle some credit, because they came out in that second half as we expected – and went all out for goals to try to get back into the game, and attacked throughout the second half, and played a lot better than in the first 45 minutes.
And that was also different from last week, when we got that great opportunist goal from Demba Ba, but yesterday we had some decent chances but just couldn’t get the goal, which would have made all the difference.
You win some and you lose some, and a win and a defeat is one point better than two draws after all, and if we can beat Aston Villa next Sunday afternoon, we’ll be happy enough with 6 points from three games – but we need the win.
And with Chelsea likely to be so much better than last season, it’s going to be difficult to repeat what we did last season, and finish in 5th place in the league, but nevertheless that has to be the goal.
And we’d be a lot more confident if we had brought in a couple of defenders and another striker in this summer’s transfer window.
Without them it’s going to be really tough, but the lads will give it all they’ve got this season – we have no doubts about that.
With six days to go before the transfer window closes, we still have hopes that Newcastle will be able to strengthen the squad, but in truth – not too much hope.
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