After Newcastle gifted Benfica two goals in the second half last night, the score-line of 3-1 was not consistent with how competitive the game was, but it also shows that at this level you cannot give silly goals away to the opposition, and we paid heavily for those mistakes.
James Perch – injured last night
But there were glimpses last night of how good a side Newcastle can become with say three top players joining the club in the summer, but we still have to improve.
Another disturbing aspect of the second half was that both James Perch and Danny Simpson went off injured, but the news form Alan Pardew is that it seems the injuries are not serious and maybe Danny Simpson, who has a good game last night and set up the first goal with a beautiful through ball to Moussa Sissoko on the right wing, could even play on Sunday against Fulham.
Immediately after the match Alan Pardew was pleased with the performance if not the result, and he had this to say about Newcastle’s injuries last night:
“Hopefully they are OK, I think Perch is probably slightly worse than Danny Simpson but we’ll have to wait and see.” “It has been hard for Danny and he showed a little bit of confidence tonight, like his old self. A great pass for the goal and he’ll get a big lift from that.”
We’d be surprised if Mathieu Debuchy can make the Fulham game – but he could amke it – and Alan Pardew has said the game will define Newcastle’s season, but we are very hopeful that Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote are available for the vital game.
Newcastle will now have to lick their wounds from last night, and given the way the lads played – with Cisse twice hitting the upright and looking menacing up fornt for the Magpies, , we could have been looking at a much better result this morning for Newcastle – but it wasn’t to be.
But Newcastle can both lift the mood of the fans and set things up for next Thursday’s return leg with a good win against Fulham on Sunday.
We need all three points – and last night’s performance was much btter than the result suggests.
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