Maybe the best that can be said about Saturday’s performance is we got a point, we didn’t suffer another defeat, and the lads showed some grit and good defending in the second half, as West Brom came full pelt at Newcastle.
Steven Taylor – missing a good chance in first half
And we thought Yohan Cabaye looked good again, especially in that first half, when he went very close twice, after Yoan Gouffran had given us the lead on eight minutes.
This is some of what Alan Pardew told the local press today, regarding the performance on Saturday:
“We did what we had to do in terms of on the pitch,” “It wasn’t about talking – it had to come out in the performance.” “We were tired against Sunderland , but there was more energy in the team and more discipline.”
“We were excellent in the first half, we should have had two goals really.” “There were some lovely moments, particularly from Yohan Cabaye, his passing was good.”
“There was a great chance for Papiss Cisse, and I thought we might rue it because the pitch was also difficult.” “In the second half, West Brom bombarded us, and were more direct than any team we’ve faced,”
“We stood up to that with Steven Taylor and Mapou.” “Rob Elliot was particularly terrific.” “We should have done better on their goal, but overall I’m pleased because it’s a tough place to get a point.”
Rob Elliot again had a good game, after what we thought were one or two shaky moments.
It was a battling performance from our lads and we got an away point – and that was about the minimum that was acceptable on Saturday.
We had put out an article last week about the leadership of Mapou, and it was there for all to see in the second half on Saturday, especially when West Brom got corner and corner in stoppage time.
And you could see Mapou telling the Newcastle defenders who to mark – as Newcastle were hanging on a bit in those final minutes.
But we survived and got the point, and another defeat would have been simply another disaster.
We now need a win against Liverpool on Saturday – it’s as simple as that.
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