Performance Shows We Can Fight For Place Near Top Of Table


You cannot lose your concentration in a Premier League game, and that’s especially true against a good side, and let’s face it Arsenal have been one of the best four sides in England ever since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996, and the Gunners have always finished in the top four during that time and qualified for the Champions League – what a record that is.

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Olivier Giroud scores winning goal yesterday

Fabricio Coloccini was right to say after the game that it was a lack of concentration on Newcastle’s part that cost us the game, and when Giroud scored after 65 minutes, Newcastle were starting to attack Arsenal and had just brough on Ben Arfa for Yoan Gouffran.

This is what Fabricio said on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game yesterday:

“We are disappointed to lose this game.” “Arsenal are a big team but to lose from one set-play is hard to take for everyone.”

“It shows that if you lose your concentration for just 30 seconds against the best sides, you can be punished.” “That is football, unfortunately.”

“We played very well for 90 minutes but just switched off for one free-kick.” “I think we deserved more because we tried to win the game throughout,”

“It was tough, which is what we expected because Arsenal are top of the table, but we played well.” “We are positive about it though.”

“Our performance shows we can fight for a place near the top of the table.”

Mathieu Debuchy had headed against the woodwork in stoppage time of the first half, and then he brilliantly headed off the line in the second half, and this Frenchman had another great game for the side – and what a buy this player is turning  out to be for the Magpies.

The way Newcastle cam eat Arsenal after we went behind shows a new found confidence that Newcastle have, and if we keep playing like we did yesterday for that 99% of the time we should do well in the remaining half of the season – maybe even very well.

Howay The Lads!!

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8 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes we did okay and that’s it.

    Against man City in League cup it was a similar story. They did not have Toure, Nasri, Aguero and Silva was on the bench.

    Yesterday, Arsenal did not have Ozil, Ramsey, Podolski and Arteta did not start.

    Yet they beat us without much danger.

    We need players to go up a notch or too. We also need a goal scoring threat against UCL level clubs.

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  • bills-son

    Dec 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    cyprus,

    I think you summed up where we are at very well in your post earlier this morning.

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  • Harley

    Dec 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Yes coloccini you did switch off didn’t you?

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  • bills-son

    Dec 30, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    After the first ten minutes I think most fans thought we were going to get the runaround off Arsenal. We battled back into well and could have had a point but it is a fact that Arsenal won without two of their best and most influential players, Ozil and Ramsey.

    Continuing to get results away to teams like WBA is far more important to staying in the top 8.

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  • asenski

    Dec 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    i am still waiting the day when pardew will decide to play for wins vs top clubs from the opening of the game and not istalling defensive and awaiting tactics
    yes, we probably could lose even then but let’s do it as a competitve side trying to play football not winning with a single strike but being crashed for about 70% of the match

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  • Douglas

    Dec 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    I think the disappointment may turn into tiredness now and the size of our squad will be tested. Pardew needs to rest a few.

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  • BUDGIE

    Dec 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Time for Yanga-Mbiwa to get a game give Colo a rest.

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  • jimmygscot

    Dec 30, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Never a better time to beat Arsenal with 2 of the top players out. Toon were at full strength but Pardews tactics were poor, Cabaye out of position meant he could not dictate in midfield and then substitutions were poor, Hatem came on too late and Shola would have no joy against the 2 Arsenal centre backs, could not understand the Haidara substitution with Santone moving to right side midfield with Obertan a winger?ion the bench.

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