Newcastle gave Manchester United a good game last night at Old Trafford, but when all is said and done, we went out of the Capital One Cup at the first attempt, and it wouldn’t have been any easier had we won last night, because we would have drawn Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – the odds of drawing Manchester United away and then Chelsea away seem just astronomical odds, but that’s what would have happened had we managed to win last night.
Dan Gosling challenges Wayne Rooney last night
And we had the chances to win the game last night too, but in the end it was a defeat, and needless to say the result was very disappointing.
But the performance was decent enough, and we thought Newcastle really took it to the Red Devils in the second half, and our lads did really well, but didn’t have much luck.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“I thought we played terrific because I thought we were every bit as good as Manchester United, for an away team.” “We left ourselves open at times when we were chasing. It was a really good game. We were pressing. We knew if we could get Papiss on and if he could get a chance he’d score. We had him on sideline at 1-0.”
“I’m pleased for the players but disappointed for the club because I thought we deserved more.” “Coloccini is a bit sore. Whether he did enough to play on Saturday I don’t know.” “I’m not sure I should have played Williamson. But we’re short at center-half.”
At least under Alan Pardew the sides he puts out are brave and never know when they are beaten – and the lads came storming back when we went 2-0 down in the second half, and Papiss Cisse will have done himself a lot of good with a good first goal of the season a minute after coming on with Shane Ferguson, and Shane provided the left wing cross for the goal.
And Papiss hit the cross-bar a little later with a great overhead kick – that would have been some goal.
Coloccini in his comeback game lasted until Papiss and Shane came on after 61 minutes, but he seems to have found the going tough, and was sore after the game.
But it should be nothing that one of those ice cold baths cannot help to put right – we hope.
It’s best to try to take the positives out of the game last night and there were a few, including James Tavernier looking the part again and is leading our Man of the Match poll with 45% of the vote.
And Rob Elliot proved that last week’s display in Madeira was no fluke with another good display and two great saves to keep Newcastle in the game during the first half..
It’s a defeat so we’ll have the doom and gloomers out – but we thought our lads looked good last night.
But one thing is certain – we now have to go out and win the game at Reading on Saturday afternoon – that’s the next step.
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