Alan Pardew was trying to be positive after the game yesterday, but most fans wanted all three points as some restitution for the humiliation we had to suffer last Sunday against Sunderland.
Elliot makes good save from Long – after mishandling the ball
And we could have had the game put to bed at half time, if only we had players who could take some of the easy chances that were presented.
And we are really suffering from not getting Loic Remy in January, who could have got us some goals, but it now seems Liverpool are interested in him, and there’s no doubt he would have been great at Newcastle.
Bur it’s history now and it just wasn’t to be.
This is some of that Alan Pardew said after the game yesterday:
“West Brom have had some fantastic results here. We stood up well to them.” “If you have a goalkeeper who can hit the ball to the edge of the opposition box to powerful strikers, which they have, then it’s difficult.”
“The disappointing thing about the second-half is that we didn’t get hold of the ball or create a chance to get the winning goal. We were hanging on at the end, which we did well.”
And Rob Elliot had one or two dodgy moments in the game yesterday, but he still saved Newcastle with a tremendous stop from James Morrison, and a goal from Morrison would have meant defeat for Newcastle, and all hell would have broke loose yesterday, if that had happened – make no mistake.
Pardew praised his back-up goalkeeper:
“Whenever Rob’s been called upon he’s been terrific.” “He made one tiny error at the start of the second-half when the ball bobbled in front of him.
“So it took great character to be strong and solid in the second half.” “He came for all the crosses. And the save from the header was superb. He’s good at that. He can be proud of his performance.”
It was a good performance in the first half yesterday from our lads, when we looked a very decent side, but the second half was all too familiar and mediocre, and most fans wanted to see the win yesterday – and we didn’t get it.
Maybe next Saturday against Liverpool at St. James’ Park.
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