Newcastle played well against Manchester City last night, and the game went to extra time before City broke the deadlock with a couple of goals, but there were several good performances for the Newcastle side from Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Mathieu Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa and Shola Ameobi being our best players.
Alan Pardew – happy enough before the game last night
And it was probably a mistake in retrospect (which is always easy to point out after the game of course) that Shola Ameobi was replaced by Yohan Cabaye after 67 minutes, – it should probably have been the more ineffective Papiss Cisse who was replaced, and Papiss missed two very decent opportunities to win the game for the Magpies.
But it wasn’t to be, and now having played extra time last night, it looks like Alan will not hold any real training sessions before the Chelsea game, which has an early Saturday kick-off time, just to make things a little worse.
“We’re in a tough run of games.” “They were tough opponents. From where I was standing, there was a real physical presence about them.”
“We’re feeling that in the dressing room. There were a lot of bruised bodies and tired legs.” “We’ve got a quick turnaround. It’s got to be feet up for us.”
“It’s galling to go out because of the performance levels of not just the team, but the fans as well,” “They didn’t give us a hard time about Sunderland. I appreciated that.”
“It’s a shame we didn’t get a victory for them. They came to support the team and we responded to that. We couldn’t have done any more in terms of effort.”
“We’ve got to hope we get the breaks against Chelsea. If we play like that every week, we’ll be OK.” “If can hit the levels we hit against City, we’ve got a chance against Chelsea.”
It was always going to be a tough four game schedule, and we’ve managed to lose the first two games., which were probably the easiest two of the four, because we played bottom of the table Sunderland who hadn’t won tall season, and a second eleven Manchester City side last night in the League Cup.
Now we will full strength sides against Chelsea at home and Tottenham away in the next two games.
It will be difficult to get much out of these games – but of course you just never know with Newcastle.
What do you think?