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Still A Sense Of Injustice At Newcastle

9:59 am, Saturday, February 16th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

It was a frustrating game on Thursday night both for the fans and the players, and we just couldn’t score to get ourselves ahead in the tie, although we did seem to score two perfectly good goals from Papiss Cisse, which were both denied by a Norwegian linesman – and that’s the big talking point after the game.

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Moussa Sissoko in action at Villa Park last month
It’s the only away game we have won all season


And it seems that Moussa Sissoko is doing the rounds on the interview circuit today (what again?),  and he has said there is a sense of injustice about the game on Thursday night, when our lads turned in a good performance on the night:

“There is a sense of injustice in the team because of what happened.” “If they were good goals, then it is a bit unfair.” “Obviously, it is a shame we could not score to make up for it, but looking on the bright side, we created a lot of chances to score, made a lot of opportunities for ourselves and while, certainly, we are disappointed, there is one match to go and we will go out there and make sure we score in that one.

“It is not good for us that the goals were wrongly disallowed, but in sport, referees can make mistakes. It does happen and we cannot allow it to affect us too much.” “The positive thing is that it has not cost us the tie. We just have to do what we have to do when we get another chance next week.”

“It is always encouraging when the coach has difficult decisions to make.” “It means the squad is good, there is a lot of competition within the squad, a lot of options on the bench and all that has got to be healthy. What we have to do is train hard as a squad and as individuals. I will give 100% both in training and on the pitch and that is what I am going to do.”

Of course we’re not too good playing away from home this season, with only one away win to show for our travels all season, and we’ve played 19 games on the road so far.

Metalist will start as strong favorites to progress when they kick off in the Metalist Stadium, with Newcastle having claimed just one away victory from 19 attempts in all competitions this season –  at Aston Villa last month – and we’ve drawn 7 of them.

But this new team of ours is looking good and we kept a clean sheet on Thursday night,  and that could yet be important for Newcastle, if only we can score next Thursday night – it will make things very interesting.

We can still do it – although the chances don’t look too good.

What do you think?

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Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News





8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Two tight decisions … grow up … move on … that’s football.

  • 2 Graeme // Feb 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Its going to be a very long six days before we kick-off over their – plenty of time for Pardew to get it all sorted out.

    All he has to do is field the strongest team possible and win on Thursday and Sunday will take care of itself – as long as he stops the “Two Teams” fiasco!! It just isn’t needed now and it doesnt work.

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Decisions against the toon should make the team club more determined to get a result

  • 4 firebug666 // Feb 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Jonas Better Than Messi

    It was only one tight decision on the second goal, the first goal was well on side.

    IMO this was blatant cheating by the officials, and if any game needs to be investigated for match fixing it is this one. That linesman only raised his flag if we scored or looked like scoring, he was determined we should not win the match. I think that European FA should start earning their wages and call these officials in to explain their diabolical decisions.

  • 5 croftus5678 // Feb 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    @2

    before we actually play the game and start blaming pardew for doing something wrong !

    considering we have a prem game 3 days after that game where they have to travel back also.
    would you pick the best team you could and have first team players either injured or tired for the prem game ?

    i know we have a great team now but we are still in relegation danger zone atm and the teams lower than us keep winning also which does not help.
    take cisse out of our team and atm we are not anywhere near as good a team.
    i personally am hopeing he puts anita/marv/perch/hairdryer in the game and leaves some of our regulars out just in case ! plus cambell should get a run out.

  • 6 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 16, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    #4

    Like I say grow up … move on.
    You have the benefit of TV replays.

  • 7 Owldman // Feb 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Left to I would call it quits as far as the Europa Cup is concerned Premier league status is a must .Never all those who are saying we should put out our strongest team must be off their rockers, get real you people.I’ve no doubt if we picked up a couple bad injuries those same nutters would be screaming that we should have played the reserves! Premiership first anything else later

  • 8 Spotlight Kid // Feb 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Jonas.B.T.Messi has got it spot on here, fans and blogs need to move on. Two tight decisions, one of which looked offside anyway to me. NUFC were also very lucky not to concede, as for significant periods Metalist looked more dangerous – especially against our defensive midfield which seemed intent on giving the ball away.

    0-0 is a better score then 1-1, it leaves more winning options – if the team sets out its stall to win. In fact NUFC should walk it with the players available, but (as ever) my doubt is about Pardew who is not up to the task and never has been, despite a string of lucky breaks last season.. He’ll huff and he’ll puff on the sidelines, but he’ll never blow the opposition’s house down, poor deluded soul.




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