Everybody Was A Little Bit Angry After The Game

We thought during the game yesterday that Davide Santon was having a good game, and probably the pick of the bunch, and he’s currently leading our Man of the Match poll with 32% of the vote, followed by Ben Arfa on 21% and Shane Ferguson on 10%.

Davide Santon – in action yesterday

The 21 year-old Italian has just been recalled by the full Italy squad for their game with France on Wednesday evening, when Davide could be up against team-mate Yohan Cabaye of France.

Davide had a good game yesterday and says this morning that the Newcastle players were angry in the dressing room after the game (just like the Newcastle fans):

“We owe you one.” “Everybody was a little bit angry – it was an important game for us.” “It was important to take three points, but it wasn’t a good game for us, especially in the first half. We tried to come back in the game, but it was difficult. West Ham defended with 11 players.”

“It wasn’t a good game for us.” “We have to think about Swansea, winning that game and giving something to the fans.” “Maybe this year we have a lot of games – we play Sunday-Thursday-Sunday.” “But the big teams like Chelsea and the Manchester clubs play in the Champions League.”

“You have to play every game, and try to win every game. We just have to work hard this week for a win.” “The second half was much better.” “We put a lot of balls in the box – and had a lot of chances. It was difficult to score.” “I’m happy to be back with Italy, but my first team is Newcastle.”

“I just have to think about winning for Newcastle, and afterwards the international team. I’m happy, of course, to be back with Italy, but I’d be more happy if I’d had a win with Newcastle.

“It’s been a long time – I was injured, and didn’t play for a year and a half. I’m excited to see all my friends in Italy. After the game, I’ll come back and think about Swansea.”

We wish Davide all the best on his recall to the Italian squad, and certainly he was Newcastle’s best player yesterday, and is much improved from last season, and is a much better player since he joined Newcastle a short 15 months ago from Inter-Milan.

Davide thoroughly deserves his return to the Italian squad, and let’s hope this lad doesn’t get injured on Wednesday night – and in retrospect I’m sorry I even brought up that possibility. 😀

It’s hard enough taking the defeat yesterday, and we hardly want some of our best players injured in the International friendly games on Wednesday.

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9 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1


    please read and tell me this is not what is happening now

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    good morning belfast 😉

  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    from previous thread:-

    My thoughts on the crowd are simple. We are capable of putting opposing teams on the back foot straight away. We all have seen us at our best and it’s frightening. But here’s the problem:-

    Look at the back end of last season, for example the Liverpool game. We KNEW we were going to turn them over. The playrs knew it, the manager knew it and from 10 minutes before kick off it was buzzing.

    Compare that to yesterday, where most of the crowd went there knowing that unless there was a big improvement, we could easily lose. The crowd were nervous, apprehensive and from minute one had nothing to shout about.

    It wasnt the match yesterday that led to this, it was the season on the whole. We havent at any point put a team to the sword.

    We have the players to rip teams to shreds. And if the crowd knew that we were going to play to OUR strengths, then we would go to SJP with a spring in our step.

    The other problem is the 2 loudest singing sections are at opposite corners of the ground. In between there is no noise or singing/support whatsoever.

    That could be rectified with a bit of rearranging from the powers that be, although that would upset many supporters too. It would help the team though to have a massive bank of fans who sing their hearts out.

    The main problem though is tht we all know what we are going to witness. We need Colo and Cheick in the team. We need to play a consistent system that suits us, instead of different every week, and we need to drop Jonas and play a younger winger (although that hurts to say as he has been superb for us and works so hard in any position asked).

    Finally, we need an injection of Pace. Speed in attacking position is the only thing missing at the club. We need a speed merchant who can run th channels and put teams on the back foot (the way Bellamy used to). Teams are happy to squeeze us as we have no real devastating pace to frighten them. A Walcott type player would transform our squad. Even a Shane Long, he isnt prolific, but that isnt what is needed. We have goal scorers, but we need someone who can get in behind regularly and can set these boys up

  • thai-mag

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s just a pity we have to go a goal down before we start showing any urgency, I think some players think they have just to turn up to win,

  • wynsleap

    Nov 12, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Santon and Krul are probably the only players at the club performing to a consistently acceptable 90 minute level at the moment.
    Benny is the other one but is only giving about an hour per game of excitement at present whilst fading for the rest of the match.
    Having said that, that would probably be quite enough devastation if he played for Chelsea, Man City or Manure.
    Too many players at this club need to take a hard look at themselves and start stepping up to the plate.

  • jckie15

    Nov 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    I attend every home match, and one of the most frustrating things for me is set pieces…..how many times are we goign to waste free kicks and corners by aiming for mike williamson. he never ever wins the ball and we just get caught with a counter attack. Why not mix it up, its so predictable.

    Cabaye this season hasnt started. I know he has grabbed us a coupel of much needed goals and i think he is a great player, but he is nearly sitting in the back four just so he can touch the ball, he should be running a midfield creating chances, putting in through balls, instead he is playing traingle passes with willo and taylor.

    Also I and many people around me couldnt believe demba ba was given the captains armband yesterday over steven taylor. Dont get me wrogn here, i love demba and have been grateful for his goals, but ever since he threw his strop at everton pardew has just got nuts to try make him happy.

    We were a better team last season with demba on the left hatem on the right and cisse through the middle, we were unstoppable in attack. Pardew is to busy trying to please demba by playing him up top to change it.

    thoughts anyone? not here for arguments, just giving mine (and a few who sit aroudn me) opinions.

    Cheers lads HWTL

  • wynsleap

    Nov 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #7

    jckie15 @ 6 – Can’t argue with anything you’ve said there.

  • dcdick

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Am I the only one here who is sick to death of excuses from players & managers ?
    The latest drivel in the chronicle today is “we owe the fans one”
    I’ve heard this a thousand times along with “the best fans in the world deserve the best from us players”
    When are these overpaid under performers going to start playing the game the way it is supposed to be played. ?

    Everybody can have an off day of course, but for me there is no excuse for any player (apart from the goalie I suppose) not crawling off the pitch absolutely “shattered” because they have ran & ran for the team, win lose or draw.

    Sick of the modern tv dominated “game” played by mercenaries

  • chris

    Nov 12, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #9

    the players were angry so they should be another below par performance from players who dont seem to care as long as there on the team sheet every week time to drop the big players and play the under 21 team they woukd bust a gut on saturday


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