Newcastle lost the game on Saturday in the first half, when they conceded two goals, and that was always going to be difficult for the lads in the second half to come back, but they at least gave it their best shot, and had Chelsea on the back foot for a lot of that second half.
Vurnon Anita trips Torres - penalty – Chelsea 1-0 ahead
But the performance in the first 45 minutes was simply not good enough, and that was also true in the first half against Tottenham, but we were lucky that Tottenham hit the woodwork twice, otherwise we could have ended up on the losing side in that game too.
Aklan Pardew has talked about the game today in the Newcastle Journal:
“We paid for the opening 45 minutes. You can’t give Chelsea a 45-minute head start. That’s where the game was won for them. I thought we bossed the second half, and if we’d got a goal 15 minutes or so before the end, we would have put them on the back foot.”
“There’s no excuse there at all. There’s only two players – Vurnon Anita and Papiss Cissé – who played in Greece and on Saturday. We had fresh legs out there; we just didn’t perform in the first 45 minutes as a team.” “We got exploited, and maybe showed them a bit too much respect.”
“We just have to get on with it and the second half showed what we’re about. We passed it and bossed it, and were first to nearly everything.” “We opened them up a few times and there was loads of space for us down the sides, but that first half just killed us.”
“There were some uncharacteristic errors and we just need to get back to that winning mentality, energy and team spirit that we showed last year. If we can do that, I don’t think we’ll go far wrong. We have to bounce back this weekend against Aston Villa and I’m sure we will.”
Newcastle have tow important games this week and we should be able to qualify for the Europa League group stages by beating Atromitos on Thursday night at St. James’ Park.
And then it will be really important that Newcastle get back to our winning ways against Aston Villa, who have lost both of their opening league games of the season.
We need all 3 points against Villa next Sunday, and then we’ll have made a decent start to the season.
Howay The Lads!!
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