You cannot cry too much about spilled milk is the way the saying goes – and the only reason we didn’t come away with three points yesterday is when we had our chances to score in the second half yesterday – we didn’t take them – so there’s nobody else to blame but ourselves – fact.
Moussa Sissoko – after missing a chance yesterday
Of course we thought we’d at least get a point and a clean sheet, but we didn’t even get that after some comedic defending let in Luke Moore after 85 minutes, and Alan Pardew cannot be happy with that level of defending in his team.
This is what Alan told the Sunday Sun today:
“To come here and play as well as we did, to boss Swansea at home in the second-half … there are not many teams can do that.” “Swansea are a good team. They wouldn’t have won the League Cup and be having this season unless they had some great players.”
“They are a good unit and are a well-educated side.” “We did really well today. It is absolutely galling that we didn’t get anything. We are absolutely disappointed and frustrated that we didn’t even get a draw because we more than deserved that.”
“We sat off them a bit, for 20 minutes in the first half, and you know they will cause you problems. We put that right at half-time.” “Watching from the sidelines, you could see they had settled for a draw. They knew they were doing well to stay in it, I honestly thought that.”
“But when we didn’t score in that great period we had, you do start to think that any mistake we made would be costly, and that’s what happened.” “The mistake for the goal was quantified by the fact we missed two or three great chances.
“You can’t do that at this level, I’m afraid.”
“We lost a sloppy goal. It’s just a ball in the box and we have four defenders there.” “It should have been better dealt with, but unfortunately it wasn’t. That cost us.”
Next up in the league for Newcastle are Stoke at home next Sunday, and then Wigan away the following Sunday – and in the corresponding game last season we were hammered 4-0 – and all goals came in that crazy first half.
We really need to win both games, and it means we have to do a lot better at the DW Stadium than we did last April.
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