Here are six things we learned about Newcastle yesterday in the 2-0 defeat by Premier League Champions Manchester City.
The tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney yesterday
Newcastle have shown great class in the way they have handled the tragedy
- In his debut for the side Jack Colback showed why he is one of the most accurate passers of the ball in the Premier League, and he played very well in Newcastle’s engine room yesterday. Jack has surprised us with his excellent play through mid-season, and we thought he would struggle to be a starter for the club – but we were wrong – and Jack has looked great playing for his home town team – and what a great signing this lad can become.
- Remy Cabella was probably the pick of the nine players we have brought in this summer, and he showed some of his class yesterday as he went at the City defense, and showed some of the immense skills he has on the ball, and he can do things the opposition just don’t expect. This 24 year-old could become the new darling at Newcastle very quickly, once he gets used to the speed and physicality of the tough Premier League.
- Alan Pardew has talked about how important team spirit will be this season, if we are to have a good season, and that team spirit was on show yesterday in full force. The 50,000 crowd reacted to the 100% effort by our lads, by urging the players forward in the second half – and the crowd were brilliant – to use the manager’s words after the game.
- Daryl Janmaat fitted in well at right back, and the Dutch International showed that we shouldn’t miss the departed Mathieu Debuchy too much once Daryl gets a few games under his belt. Janmaat hasn’t played a lot of football in pre-season, as he was given time to recover from the World Cup, but one of his strengths is his wing play and crossing, and we should see more of that from the Dutchman as he gets acclimatized to English football.
- Both Rolando Aarons and Ayoze Perez looked threatening when they were introduced in the second half as subs, and as we said yesterday in our match report, Alan Pardew may have to start giving more playing time to these two youngsters. They helped Newcastle launch an all-out attack late in the second half as the lads tried to get at least a point. And Perez almost scored a terrific goal after he had been on the pitch for only a minute, when his deflected shot grazed the outside of the post.
- And finally we cannot end this without talking about the emotional tribute paid to our two fallen fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney. and they would have been proud looking on from above to see the tribute paid to them before the game. Their families were present in the center circle before the game as wreaths were laid in their honor. And then on 17 minutes applause came from the Geordie faithful – and that applause will happen in every single game this season in their honor.
Newcastle get panned a lot for some of the things they do – but the way they have handled the tragic deaths of John and Liam has been pure class – and we are proud of the club for doing that – and the news of the tribute was reported around the world yesterday.
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