Newcastle did not play well in the first half at Morecambe tonight, when the home team were the better side, and had the better chances.
A pensive Alan Pardew at Morecambe
But in the second half it seemed to us that it was Newcastle’s extra fitness that started to tell, and the introduction of Shola Ameobi and then Ben Arfa turned out to be very good substitutions by manager Alan Pardew.
That was our first two goals of the season and the first win of the season, and it should give the squad some cadded onfidence.
Alan Pardew seemed relived after the game, as he had this to say to Sky Sports:
“This was a tough, tough game, make no mistake.” “We were really under the cosh with the power of that team.” “They’re a very physical side, a big, big side, and they had a couple of good chances.”
“They really accredited themselves well, the stadium, the fans, and especially the team.” “The second half I could sense we were going to get a goal. It was important for us to get a goal, because obviously we haven’t scored this year, so to get two goals was a nice bonus.”
“We probably wouldn’t have won it without that little bit of quality from Hatem Ben Arfa in particular.” “And then Shola came on and gave us a bit more power.”
And Newcastle were drawn against Leeds United at home in the next round – the third round – of the Carling Cup and Alan talked about the tie:
“Well, I’m pleased because it’s the first time we’ve drawn them in the cup.” “We’re set for the weekend, we have got no injuries, and that’s what you want from this competition – get through and have no injuries.”
Morecambe were great, and played a really good game, and in the first half in particular were the better side, and their manager Jim Bentley had this to say after the game:
“At the end of the day, we have given a great account of ourselves. I think we were the better side in the first half, we just needed to score when we were on top.
“It could have been a whole different ball game. Their crowd might have got on top of them a little bit, it would have given us that little bit more confidence.
“But we gave a good account of ourselves, we had a right good go and I am proud of all the players tonight for their efforts.”
It was a good second half performance from Newcastle, and on balance we deserved to get through to the next round.
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