It was a good game to watch last night in Brugge for the neutral, but when Newcastle went two goals down in the first 19 minutes it didn’t look good, and the goals we conceded were again poor ones, with two of our top players Fab Coloccini and Tim Krul at fault.
Vurnon Anita – after scoring fantastic goal
Fabricio Coloccini allowed another long ball to beat him, and TV replays show he wasn’t even looking at the ball, and Ivan Trickovski slotted the ball home to give Brugge the lead, and the goal was not unlike the one Colo was at fault with on Sunday against Liverpool.
And then four minutes later a speculative long shot from Jesper Jorgensen from over 30 yards out sneaked into Tim Krul’s right hand corner , and he seemed slow to get down to the ball, and his reaction after it went in showed he was not too happy.
That made it 2-0 with two mistakes from Newcastle, and we were in trouble, but this side fights back and two goals from Anita and Shola Ameobi had us level at the half.
We were delighted that Anita had a good game and his goal was fantastic, and we have brought in so many players who have terrific skills and technique that Newcastle will score some great goals this season – as we did last season.
Here’s Anita’s great goal:
And Yohan Cabaye almost clinched victory shortly after he had been brought on after 72 minutes, and his free kick from the left wing hit the junction of the upright and cross-bar and was cleared.
Think of Ryan Taylor’s winner at Sunderland last season, and if Yohan’s kick had been one inch lower it would have gone in like Ryan’s famously did.
So while Newcastle did very well to come back from two goals down and they deserve credit for that, Alan Pardew will be just a little worried we allowed Club Brugge so many chances and the goals we conceded were poor ones.
What do you think?
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