Newcastle Pay The Price For Missed First Half Chances

Newcastle looked a very good side in that first half today, and we thought our lads were going to get the win we needed to relieve the agony of being beaten 3-0 at home by Sunderland last Sunday.

alan padrew at west brom

Alan Pardew on the sidelines this afternoon

But after going ahead with a nice goal from Yoan Gouffran, after good work by Papiss Cisse, who brilliantly put in an excellent cross that Yoan headed home, Newcastle missed some golden opportunities to bury the game in the first 45 minutes.

First of all, on 22 minutes Steven Taylor was clear just five yards out and looked like he must score – but he hit the ball straight at Foster who blocked it.

And then Papiss Cisse about five minutes later intercepted a poor back pass to Foster, as Newcastle had West Bron rattled, but Cisse chipped the ball – and it went over the bar.

Papiss should just have put his foot though the ball and it would have been a simple goal.

But then West Brom were much better in the second half and got the equalizer from Billy Jones after 64 minutes and in the final quarter of the game it was fairly even, although West Brom had a number of corners in stoppage time – but Newcastle finally saw out the game.

It wasn’t the result we wanted – but it wasn’t another defeat either – but we have only 4 points from our last five league games – which is not good.

Alan Pardew in his comments after the game said we should have won:

“After last week against Sunderland it was a decent result.” “We took a lot of criticism but today we showed plenty of energy and character.” “To be honest the game should have been over at half-time.”

“West Brom went direct in the second half but if we had scored that second when we were on top we might have been leaving with all three points. “

We should have done what we did last year, and we should have been 3-0 up at the half – and then the game would have been over, as Alan says, but “shoulds” don’t count.

And when you cannot score from simple chances, Newcastle will continue to struggle this season – with just four games to go.

We are 6 points above Wigan who are 3rd bottom, but they have a game in hand on us, and Aston Villa are at Old Trafford on Monday, and they are 4th bottom 3 points behind Newcastle.

We’re 5th bottom right now – which is hardly good – but we’re just 4 points (because of our poor goal difference) out of 11th place and Fulham.

But a win against Liverpool and we’ll be safe on 40 points (hopefully), and then we can build in the summer for next season.

Hope springs eternal.

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