Gouffran Happy With Goal – But Wanted The Win

Yoan Gouffran got a very good goal after just eight minutes at the Hawthorns yesterday, and it was set up excellently by Papiss Cisse, and Newcastle were dominant in that first half, but we just couldn’t take our chances before half time.

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Yoan Gouffran delighted after scoring yesterday

And then just before half time, James Perch seemed to foul a Wigan player inside the penalty box, but the referee awarded the free kick just outside the box – but it looked like a penalty on the TV replays.

That was a bit of a let-off, and some of what was to come as West Brom turned things around in the second half, and Billy Jones finally got the equalizer after 64 minutes.

It was the first time our five new Frenchmen, signed in January started the game, and this is what Yoan said after the game on the Newcastle web-site:

“Of course I’m happy to have scored, but I really would like to have won the game,” “It was very, very good, the first half. It reminded me of our game against Aston Villa – my debut – when we played very well.

“We did very good in the first half on a lot of occasions and we scored a goal.” “We had a lot of pressure, which was good, but unfortunately in the second half they scored early so it was a different picture.

“Their goal helped them a lot because the crowd woke up after the goal so it was difficult in the second half. We had other situations to score but unfortunately we didn’t.”

“We will try to give everything in the Liverpool game to ensure that we stay in the Premier League.”

Newcastle picked up one point on 3rd bottom Wigan Athletic, and we are now 6 points clear of them – 7 points if you include our better goal difference.

And Wigan have a tough end of the season with six games in the last 22 days of the season, starting at home to Spurs next Saturday, and with an FA Cup final at Wembley on May 11th against Manchester City.

Newcastle need to amass as many points before the end of the season as possible, simply as a matter of pride, and also to ensure we finish in a decent position – and not the 16th place (5th bottom) – we are currently in.

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5 comments so far

  • tunearmy

    Apr 21, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #1


    3 points were in the bag.
    We could have won 3-0 or 3-1.

    Pardew the parcel is a coward and tries again to close up shop. Taking off the best players and getting the rest to defend and draining their spirit and giving WBA a lifeline.

    Absolutely painfully to watch, and yet again a very predictable half time poison.
    We had them on the ropes and then went on the back foot and let them fight.
    Please get rid of this gutless idiot, it’s not working.

  • p

    Apr 21, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #2

    agree, his tactics are very transparent.

    tries to defend a 1 goal lead, has not been able to all season except when we scored in the 93rd minute.

    then he thinks by bringing hba on for the last 20 mins he will have an impact.

    Personally, I think HBA is the sort of guy who you play from the start and take him off when he runs out of steam. He’s not really an impact sub.

  • toonicle

    Apr 21, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    Comment #3

    New manager and a young striker like Benteke this summer is what’s needed. Everything was stale that second half.

  • rfcready

    Apr 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Does any one think that we will go after Remy?

  • toonluvva

    Apr 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #5

    In years to come the history books will show we earned a point at West Brom and if anyone double checks the table as it stood yesterday, they will think we did well to get a point.

    However, following our first half performance we could and should have gone on and won the match thereby taking a lot of stress off us for the next few matches.

    Pardew and his negative tactics made sure a draw was the best we could hope for, and we could so easily have lost.

    I expect us to survive at the end of the season, but surely MA must be considering that next season with similar tactics from Pardew we might not be so lucky.


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