There were some very good performances form some Newcastle players yesterday with Mathieu Debuchy the star man but Cheick Tiote again giving an energetic performance in the center of midfield, and Yohan Cabaye again looked a class player.
Alan Pardew – we had some good performances yesterday
And when Ben Arfa came on just before Arsenal scored he seemed to again energize Newcastle and we went close in those last 15 minutes as the Gunners hung on (stuck to their guns), but alas we just didn’t get the breaks and ended up with nothing – zilch – nada – niente – nichts - nowt!
It was a frustrating end to the game as Newcastle simply ran out of time after attacking Arsenal relentlessly ion those last 15 minutes led by the energetic Ben Arfa.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“It’s frustrating that we haven’t got something on the scoreboard in terms of taking a point,” “One set play where we didn’t defend well has cost us, and we’ve been good at them all year really.”
“It was a really tight and interesting game. A lot of my players can take massive credit from the way they played.” “We had some outstanding performances, but unfortunately we have nothing to show for it.”
“The margins are so fine,” “It’s not like we’ve come up against the top teams, played well and lost to all of them. “We’ve beaten Chelsea and Manchester United and it was as tight a game again. “
“We just came out on the wrong side today, but if we can stay like that against the top teams all year.” “I’ll be relatively happy because I think we’ll win three or four of them.”
“Our confidence should perhaps even improve as a result of that though, and on reflection, hopefully the players will feel that.”
We have to recover and get back to our winning ways at West Brom on Wednesday afternoon, and certainly a win in that game will set us up for the FA Cup 3rd round against Cardiff City at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
Two wins in our next two games are what the doctor ordered, and maybe we can even have a decent run in the FA Cup this season?
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