Yes it was hard to take for sure yesterday, and my heart was pumping just a bit at the sight of Ben Arfa putting over a perfect right-wing corner and Fab Coloccini actually heading the ball into the back of the net with a bullet header – a classic goal from a set-piece – well would you believe it.
Fab Coloccini – after scoring yesterday
And in fact it was a great equalizing goal from Newcastle and Coloccini somehow got completely free at the far post, and he acted afterwards although he did that every week.
The last time we scored from a set piece was a little dubious, when Demba Ba scored from a corner kick when he actually handled the ball into the goal at Reading last October – but of course it was accidental and it looked like he had headed the ball – and hey it worked – and the goal stood.
Alan Pardew had this to say to nufcTV after the game, and he looked a bit shocked too:
“We know we weren’t great at corners last season, bur we had been successful the two seasons before that.”
“We are a small side so we need to have a game plan, which we have.” “We have to try to be a bit more creative, very disciplined about the delivery and the runs we make and that was reflected today and in pre-season, so that bodes well for this coming season.”
We could have added to the height of the Newcastle team in June, as apparently the transfer of 6’4″ Douglas as a free agent was all lined up – but Joe Kinnear didn’t think Douglas would be a good signing for us, so he pulled Newcastle out of the deal.
That’s one reason why Derek LLambias resigned a couple of days after Joe Kinnear was announced as the new Director of Football, since Derek had worked that deal.
Ben Arfa looked good yesterday, and you couldn’t have wished for a more pinpoint corner than the Frenchman delivered after an hour of the game – so maybe the mercurial one takes the free kicks from now on too?
Lets hope we see a huge improvement in our set plays next season, because last term we were hopeless at them – and that’s being kind.
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