Tim Krul had a good game last night, as did the Newcastle defense, and we looked well organized and solid, and when Metalist did get some chances Tim Krul made the saves, with his best save being in the first half when he brilliantly clawed away a goal bound header from Cleiton Xavier.
Tim Krul pointing – we were unlucky and should have won
It just wasn’t Newcastle’s night last night and we could easily have come away winning the game 3-0, and that would have set us up to make the round of the last 16 in the Europa League – but now with a 0-0 home draw, it’s looking a bit dodgy that we can get through.
But we were the better side last night and Tim through we should have won the game:
“I think we played really well – it’s just a shame that we couldn’t show that in goals.” “We should have won this game, definitely. We created so many chances but it’s a shame we didn’t finish them.”
“I would have liked to have put one in the back of the net myself but I can’t!” “But we have to take the positives as well; we played really well and we always create chances – just today we didn’t score them.”
“It was a really, really good noise.” “I think the fans definitely provided a good atmosphere for us so it was nice.” “They’ll have to be careful for the second leg because it’s far away but I know every away game, they’re there so it’ll be nice to get a good away support again and hopefully we can reward them with a few goals.”
“It’ll be a harder game, I think, at their place.” ”They’re a good side. You can’t underestimate them because they’ve got some good technical players and they had some chances as well, so we have to be careful.” “You don’t know what to expect because it’s a different side.”
“We have to be sharp but we’ve still got a great chance. We kept a clean sheet, they haven’t scored, so if we score one there that’ll be good for us.” “Now we’ve got the advantage of being able to score an away goal so I think we’ve definitely got a good chance.”
“It’ll be a hard game but I think we can definitely go through to the next round if we be sharp and put some balls in the back of the net.”
As Yohan Cabaye said after the game the fact that we did not concede last night was a big plus, and now, as Tim says we only have to score at their place and it will be interesting – and maybe our lads will be inspired after a frustrating game last night, and even when we did score two good goals – they were disallowed.
But we have to at least draw the game next Thursday, because a win by Metalist will see them go through – and if that happens Newcastle will have 12 league games remaining in the season – but we should be able to play a very good side in all of those games – even if we have some injuries.
We need to end this season very well – because it’s been very difficult for Newcastle fans, very difficult, after we did so well last season.
Howay The Lads!!
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