Alan Pardew was left a frustrated manager at the end of the game at the Liberty Stadium yesterday, when his side should have taken at least a point out of the game they had dominated in the second half, but the failure to take their chances cost them when mistakes by both Davide Santon and Yanga-Mbiwa led to Swansea’s only goal by substitution Luke Moore.
Luke Moore bundles in the winner after 85 minutes
This is some of what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“We are frustrated and disappointed we did not even get a draw as we more than deserved that. We sat off them for the first 20 minutes of the first half but we sorted that at half-time,” he told reporters.
“The goal was sloppy, it’s a ball into the box, we had four defenders there and it should have been dealt with better; unfortunately it wasn’t and it cost us.” “In the second half I thought they had settled for a draw, they knew they were doing well to stay in it.”
“But when we did not score in that great period we had you know any mistake can be costly and that is what happened. We missed two or three big chances and you cannot do that at this level.”
For the goal both Santon and Yanga-Mbiwa had chances to clear the ball, but it somehow went to Luke Moore who then saw off a sliding challenge from Steven Taylor before putting the ball past goalkeeper Rob Elliot into the empty net.
And Newcastle lost again on the road, our 8th defeat in 14 away games and only one win, but we should have taken something out of the game.
We have to think that if Massadio Haidara plays well against FC Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night in Russia, he will make a serious claim for the left back position.
But Alan Pardew has a choice to make at left back – either he has Davide Santon who is very good going forward but his defensive play is lacking, or he brings in 20 year-old Haidara who seems like an excellent defensive left back.
And now Newcastle really must beat Stoke City at home on Sunday afternoon – but of course we have to make the long trip to Russia on Thursday night – but our Premier League survival still has to be the top priority.
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