In the first half yesterday, Newcastle were all business, and looked the better side and had deservedly gone ahead with a good Demba Ba goal after 35 minutes, his seventh of the season, but Newcastle also had goalkeeper Tim Krul to thank for two saves from Romelu Lukaku, when the Chelsea loan player was straight through and was one on one with Krul – and twice the Newcastle goalkeeper saved quite magnificently to keep the Magpies in the game.
Demba Ba scores 7th league goal of the season
But the second half was a completely different affair, and West Brom were much the better side and scored through Lukaku after 55 minutes, and were looking to win the game, until a fluke goal in the last few seconds of added time gave Newcastle a victory that was hardly deserved. But we’ll take it – thank you very much.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“We’ve had a tough week,” “We’ve had a derby against Sunderland, and played well in both halves, and had Brugges on Thursday night. We played well in both halves of that game as well.”
“We played well in the first half here because West Brom are a good side, but in the second half I think we just ran out of steam. Physically and emotionally, we were tired. We didn’t have any rhythm, but our honesty got us through.”
“That got us to the last minute, and if you shoot, you never know what can happen. That’s what won us the game, and we’ll take that because we haven’t had many breaks this season. We conceded the goal at Sunderland when maybe we deserved to win, but we got a goal today, and I make no bones about it, we didn’t deserve to win either.”
“West Brom were excellent and they have a real assurance about them.” “Everybody wanted the ball and they made it difficult for us. Clarke will be very disappointed not to even get a draw.” “He’ll probably feel as though he could have won it because at the end of the game, it was them who were pushing for the win.”
“We didn’t look like we had too many ideas at that time. But that’s football. It’s about honesty sometimes, and we defended well and were diligent in terms of getting back into our positions. That probably got us the win.”
It’s hard to believe Newcastle were tired because of the game against Brugge on Thursday night, because Davide Santon and James Perch were the only players who started against Brugge, who also started the game yesterday.
It’s probably good that we have no midweek games this week, but we have a hard task at Liverpool next Sunday.
Liverpool are slowly but surely improving under new manager Brendan Rodgers, and it will be a tough game for our lads, but there’s no reason why we cannot get something out of the game, if the squad can regroup this week.
It was not a good performance in the second half yesterday, and we were lucky to get the win, but there’s been other times when we should have won and didn’t – like last weekend at Sunderland as one good example.
So these things have a way of balancing themselves out – but yesterday’s final 45 minutes will be a wake-up call for Newcastle, no doubt about that, and we must do better at Anfield, but this is hardly the time for doom and gloom .
A win is a win, however you get it.
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