We didn’t really expect Newcastle to get through last night against Manchester City, but as the game went on and the score remained at 0-0, our hopes started to rise, but it was not to be, and after we missed some good chances, City scored twice in the first period of extra time, and that was it – they now meet Leicester City in the quarter finals.
Massadio Haidara - looked a good player against City
It was a good performance by Newcastle last night and several players, who were getting a rare game were impressive, not least of which was 20 year-old Massadio Haidara, who looked very good at left back, and maybe this lad could be the startling left back of the future on Tyneside.
Certainly he is very good at defending and can attack well down the wing and he has a good left foot, but he limped off at half time, and we’re not sure if he will be fit for Saturday.
Alan Pardew said he was impressed with a number of players last night, and talked about them after first talking about Papiss Cisse and the two chances he missed last night, the second one being just three minutes into extra time when he was clean through and one on one with the goalkeeper, but the goalkeeper made the save.
This is what Alan said on the Newcastle web-site today:
“I think it affected Papiss, that particular chance.” “He always gives everything for us but that seemed to hurt him, that he didn’t take that chance.”
“He wasn’t quite the same after that. But that’s what it’s like for strikers and he’s got to keep going.” “And if there’s ever an example of coming out of this spell, it’s Torres who’s suddenly come alive. We’ve got to hope that happens for Papiss.”
“I think individually it was an important night for a few people,” “Moussa Sissoko needed a good performance and he played well, Vurnon Anita played well again and I thought that Massadio was terrific against Jesus Navas who’s £30M or whatever he is.”
“It’s a shame we lost him. Bless him, since he’s been here it’s been one thing after another and it must be so frustrating for him.”
And it was heartening to see Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have a solid game, after he’s looked just a little dodgy in one or two recent games, but his performance last night will give him a lot of confidence, and Alan Pardew could be right in saying once he gets to grips with the Premier League, he can become a very valuable player for the side.
And Vurnon Anita showed why Check Tiote will have to keep playing at his best to keep his place in defensive midfield, as the Dutchman had another fine game in a black and white strip.
It’s going to be a tough game against Chelsea on Saturday, and our hopes are not too high about getting anything out of the game.
Let us know how you think it will go on Saturday.
And maybe Mapou will be fit for the game, since Alan Pardew has not mentioned anything about him not being fit for Chelsea, so it could be the same back four that started last night, with Davide Santon coming in for Massadio at left back.
About the author:
Dr. Ed Harrison is a retired IBM Executive, and was born and bred in St. Anthony’s estate in Newcastle, and joined IBM in 1970 after completing a PhD in Computing Science at Newcastle University.
Ed was moved to America in 1973 by IBM, but now he is retired after 34 years at IBM, he writes about his one passion in life – Newcastle United.