When we saw that Loic Remy was about to take the penalty after Marc Wilson had been sent off for fouling Loic in the penalty area, when he was the last man, we thought that was not good – for a player who hadn’t scored in the last five games.
Yohan Cabaye – after scoring Newcastle’s fourth goal
And Loic’s penalty was not a good one, and the goalkeeper saved it all too easily, but then a minute or so later Remy made amends with his ninth Premier League goal of the season, and it was important we were level at 1-1 at the break.
And it turns out that Alan Pardew was disappointed that Remy took the penalty:
“I’m still disappointed with the penalty taker. Yohan takes our penalties. Loic said to me at half-time he didn’t know that so John Carver, the assistant manager was getting it in the ear, that’s his fault 100 per cent.”
“So we had a little conversation at half-time about being professional and doing the right things. Then in the second half we get another penalty, but then of course, the game was done.”
“In all seriousness it was a crucial stage of the game and I really didn’t want Loic to take that penalty if I’m honest. He hadn’t scored for a little while and that’s not natural for him. He might argue he’s a natural penalty taker but not for me.”
“But let’s not get wrapped up in that because it was a great afternoon for us because second half we couldn’t have done the job any better really.”
So there was a lack of communication in the squad for that penalty, and for the next one if Yohan is on the field he should take it.
At the time it was a bad miss by Loic, at a vital time but luckily he quickly made amends and then Newcastle showed little mercy on Stoke in the second half, but playing with only 9 men must be tough.
But it was Newcastle picking up our 7th win in nine games and 22 points out of the last 27 – a fantastic run of form from the Magpies.
Now it’s Arsenal on Sunday – and anything can happen – and we can even win that game too.
Howay The Lads!!
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