We think Alan Pardew will be taking a lot of positives out of the game at Old Trafford last night from some of his players, but it cannot mask that we are now out of one of the local cups at the first hurdle – when will we go on a long cup run at Newcastle again – and maybe even win something?
Papiss Cisse scores Newcastle goal last night
James Tavernier showed why he’s one of Newcastle’s brightest youngsters with a great performance at Old Trafford, of all places, and he will have done himself a lot of good, and the way he looked last night he’s a future first team player at the club – in either full-back position.
Papiss Cisse got off the mark quickly with a first goal of the season once he came on, and that will give his confidence a big boost, and we hope there’s more goals in store for the Senegal striker in the upcoming games.
Goalkeeper Rob Elliot again showed he’s a good goalkeeper in the Newcastle nets, and Shola Ameobi looked in good form – he just needs a goal or two to get his momentum going, but he looked a good player last night, and his vast experience is showing through these days when he’s surrounded by younger players.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say after the game:
“Some of the individual performances were top-drawer and we’ve created nine, ten good chances. We deserved more than the one goal.”
“We haven’t won here for 40 years (against Manchester United) and that was probably as good a go as we’ve had. We’ll look forward to when we come here again.”
“The first goal was everything because he needed a goal.” “Now the media can’t put that round his neck any more.”
It was decided before the game that both players returning from injury, Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote, would be substituted around the hour mark, and they have got some much needed playing time in preparation for the games ahead.
Dan Gosling had three good chances to score last night, but missed them – and of course Cisse hit the cross bar with that great overhead kick.
So it’s disappointing it was a defeat, but a number of Newcastle players did themselves a lot of good last night – there’s no doubt about that.
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