It was just one of those game on Saturday, and just think what the mood on Tyneside would have been like if Newcastle had scored that lucky late goal – we would have been ecstatic.
Moussa Sissoko – almost unplayable in second half
But there were still an awful lot of positive things to take out of the game at the Liberty Stadium, where Newcastle looked a very good and powerful side in that second half.
Here are just four of them in no particular order.
- Steven Taylor had a great game and held the back four together, and this lad is playing as well as he’s even played for Newcastle, and there are even whispers that he could get an England call up by Roy Hodgson. But of course we’ve got to keep Steven fit, since he’s had a very bad time with injuries over the last three years. But if he can stay injury free and keep up his excellent form, he could get his first full England cap to go with his England B cap and his 29 England U21 caps.
- Moussa Sissoko continued to show in the second half that he is a player to be reckoned with already in the Premier League, and he put in an excellent second half performance on Saturday. And to think this 23 year-old will only improve as he gets more games in the Premier league – a gigantic singing by Newcastle in January – and PL defenses are finding it very difficult to contain him – great!
- Rob Elliot again showed he is a good goalkeeper, and he made a couple of very good saves after a bit of a shaky start when he dropped a shot straight at him but the alert Steven Taylor kicked the ball into touch – when in doubt kick it out. The games that Rob will get while Tim Krul is out injured with his ankle problem will give him a chance to show us just how good he is – so far he’s looked a good goalkeeper.
- The Newcastle defense almost got a clean sheet and that would have been only the 5th in the league this season, and it’s an area Alan Pardew has been working on. And we should be able to do a lot better at the back now with Yanga-Mbiwa, Debuchy and Haidara all coming into the club in January and making the back four positions very competitive. The defense played well except for the late goal – and we were a little unlucky with that.
So we know Alan Pardew will take a lot of positives out of the game, and hope we can actually get some wins in our two upcoming games at Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia on Thursday night, and against Stoke at home on Sunday afternoon.
Two wins and we’ll be flying.
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