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.
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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