It was another defeat yesterday, the fourth in a row, but you wont hear Newcastle fans grumbling this morning (well not too many), with our lads yesterday simply magnificent in their dedication and application in a game we definitely deserved to get something out of.
Yohan Cabaye questions linesmen after disallowed Tiote goal
And the players had to put up with the frustrations of having a brilliant Cheick Tiote goal disallowed by referee Mike Jones in the first half, but that didn’t seem to affect them as they went after Manchester City in the second half.
And the sight of manager Pellegrini looking very worried in the dugout in that second half very apparent, as Newcastle continually stormed forward.
Alan Pardew was rightly proud of his players after the game:
“We were very, very good, and you have to pay credit to the opposition to win 2-0 in those circumstances – it was a great result for them.”
“We played very, very well. I was very proud of the players – they couldn’t have done any more.” “We took the frustration in the right way. We had a bit of venom about us in the right way.
“We really had a good go, and had some real quality, but unfortunately we’re on the wrong end of a result which was affected by one big, big call.”
Newcastle now need to play like this in our next three games against West Ham, Norwich and Sunderland, and we have to become much more consistent in the last 17 games of the season.
When fans see a performance like yesterday’s, when we were second best in those first 20 minutes, but came back into the game magnificently and had City rocking in that second half, you have to ask why we couldn’t have played like that against Cardiff City.
That’s one area that this side has to improve on – and make sure we don’t keep these great performances only for the top sides.
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