There were not very many positives to take out of the first half yesterday against Manchester City, , although Newcastle did start very fast for a change, and probably should have scored at least one goal with any luck, before our defense was unlocked for the first time with a lightning break by City to put them one goal up.
Alan Pardew – still no points from a good performance
And after the goal the Champions came right back into the game and dominated it and it was 2-0 at the break but could have been worse than that – but our lads came storming back in the second half, and we got a goal through Demba Ba, and then Ba and Cisse missed great opportunities to score, and if they had done that things may have been a bit different than our sixth loss in the last seven league games – the worst run of league ever by the Magpies in the Premier League..
But Alan Pardew seemed pleased with the great second half comeback:
“When you look at the game, as a manager, I would say we could have been 1-0 up. But then Manchester City produced what they can, unfortunately.” “They had a golden period when they scored and should have got a second. When they did score again, it was a killer.”
“We were just hanging in there during that period, but you have to say that after half-time we bossed it.” “To come out like that after going 2-0 down against the champions, shows great spirit.” “Demba Ba missed a great chance at 2-1. We had what was an even better chance for Cisse in the middle of the goal.”
“Had that gone in then this place would have gone mad.” “It was a game where we almost took the lion’s share.” “City went to a back five and you were thinking they were just hanging on but they nicked a third goal and that decided it in the end.”
“There were a lot of positives, but there are no points and that’s my biggest concern.
Next up next Saturday is QPR and the London team have been improving under new manager Harry Redknapp and won their first game yesterday 2-1 at home to Fulham.
And we can hardly afford not to win that game – a win and we’ll have some breathing space, but a defeat or draw and we’ll continue to be in big trouble.
What do you think?
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