In most Premier League games the result turns on one or two key moments in the game, and Newcastle had two penalty appeals in the second half that were turned down by referee Howard Webb, but in truth all of the three goals Newcastle conceded were preventable.
Tim Krul – could have done better on two of the goals
For the first goal Tim Krul could have done batter in handling a left wing cross when he pushed it out and the incoming Nathan Dyer blasted the ball into the back of the net.
For the second goal one pass split the Newcastle defense, and if Mathieu Debuchy hadn’t been around Tim Krul would have made the save – but the ball bounced off Debuchy into the back of the net.
And for the third goal a 25 yard shot by Jonjo Shelvey, Tim could have done better, as he reached the shot but failed to turn it over the cross-bar for a corner.
We were very poor in that first half, when we were sleep-walking for most of the 45 minutes with Swansea having nearly all the possession, and Yoan Gouffran admitted the game turned on some of the referee’s decisions:
“We’re very disappointed.” “We didn’t play very well in the first half, but the game changed with the decisions.” “I think it was a penalty from Loic.”
“I think it was a penalty on me, because the guy pushed me when I touched the ball.” “From then, it was difficult for us, and we lost.”
We’re not sure if that was because of the game plan Alan Pardew had put in place or not, but there wasn’t enough energy being shown by Newcastle in that first half, and we didn’t get the breaks in the second half.
And when you turn up for a game, and go sleep walking around the pitch – you simply don’t deserve the breaks in the game, and you don’t usually get them either – that’s just the way it seems to work.
But it will have to be a much better performance on Saturday at Old Trafford, if we are to avoid getting two defeats in a row, and then we’ll have all the doom and gloomers out in full force.
That wouldn’t be good.
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