Newcastle lost a close game to Arsenal this afternoon, and the goal that did us in was due to some lax defending from the Newcastle defense, that allowed Olivier Giroud to head the ball home after 65 minutes direct from a Theo Walcott free kick.
Mike Williamson cannot stop Giroud from scoring winning goal
Alan Pardew tried to change the game and Ben Arfa was brough on and he had another energetic showing, although the Frenchman couldn’t create a goal for the Magpies, but in those last 10 minutes Newcastle went all out for the equalizer, and on another day we would have got something out of this game.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“I just thought we needed a bit more offensive presence.” “I knew with this crowd and kicking that way, we could start cranking it up.”
“As I say the goal came literally as he entered the pitch which was a shame for us because I think we could have got them on the back foot and maybe won the game.”
“But as I say the goal gave them something to fall back.” “You could argue we should have started a bit more positive.” “It’s very difficult to beat Arsenal.” “You can’t let them dictate the game.”
“And dictate the midfield.” “It was a real, feel each other out in the first half.” “Almost like the first three or four rounds of boxing when you are finding your feet.”
“We knew we had assets on the bench, stronger assets but fortunately we have come out the wrong side of it.” “The goal came at a good time for Arsenal.” “We were just starting to crank it up like we do at home.” “
It gave them something to fall back on.” “It was a tight game and a very tactical battle.“We were as good as them.” “We certainly didn’t deserve to get beat.
“But it was mistake from a set play that we should have defended better although it was a good quality ball in.” “And then some moments at the end when we had a chance to get ourselves a point.”
“We came out with our confidence renewed even though we lost.”
It would be easy to be too hard on Newcastle after this game, and it would also be a mistake.
Newcastle have dropped to 8th place in the league table, after Tottenham beat Stoke 3-0 at White Hart Lane today, although we are 6 points ahead of Southampton in 9th place and still only 3 points behind Liverpool in 5th place.
If we can get a win at West Brom on Wednesday then we’ll have taken 9 points from our four Christmas games and that would be a good return – and there’s no shame in losing to a club who are top of the league and who have been the best side in the Premier League so far this season.
We have to attack West Brom on New Years Day and certainly their defense is not a strong point of their play.
Howay The Lads!!
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