Newcastle didn’t manage to win 2-0 against Benfica last night, and go through to the semi-finals of the Europa League, but the team did everything but get that second goal in those final 20 minutes of the game.
Yohan Cabaye tries to score with free kick after 90 minutes last night
Apparently the lads were disappointed we didn;t go through – but they gave it all they had – everybody watching the game could see that.
This is what Yohan said on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game:
“We gave everything on the pitch.” “We played well and we followed the plan. When we were winning 1-0, they were scared about the second goal we were close to.”
“Unfortunately we couldn’t do it. That is football but we have gained a lot of experience tonight because the game was good to play in and trying to claim back two goals is a good experience for the young players.”
“Playing in an atmosphere such as tonight was unbelievable. When Papiss scored, everyone was thinking that we could do it. We had a chance at the end but unfortunately we didn’t score again so we are sad tonight.”
“It wasn’t enough to go through but I think we have to be proud of our game tonight and now just look forward to Sunday and keep the crowd behind us for this big game.”
“The experience for me was fantastic, being the captain of this team. “I am proud of this football club, proud of everyone.” “The fans were amazing so I can’t wait for Sunday’s game and the derby.”
“I just want to win the game to move up the table but also for us and for the fans.”
Another excellent interview from Yohan – and we need him to lead the lads to a win on Sunday afternoon, against Sunderland, and we’ll all feel a lot better – because basically we’ll be safe in the league.
And with our best players coming back, we could have a strong finish to the season – with just one game a week – that’s a piece of cake after what the lads have been through this season.
That’s what we are hoping for, after what was an excellent run in the Europa League – even with all the injuries we’ve had.
Note – today we are trying to help one of our readers, Bagus Asmanu – who is studying at INTO Manchester – in partnership with Manchester University – and Bagus is completing a dissertation – and some of the work is on the Wonga deal with Newcastle United – and he wants as many Newcastle supporters as possible to complete his questionnaire. Here it is - please help Bagus.
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org