It was a second successive game in which Newcastle looked a little toothless up front, but it was the second game in succession in which Newcastle controlled the second half, but we just couldn’t score.
Mike Williamson – receiving his red card
With tow minutes to go in the game substitute Siem de Jong had a good chance to win the game for Newcastle but his shot was well saved by American goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Mike Williamson picked up his second yellow card of the game and was sent off and now will miss the game next Saturday at home to Crystal Palace, and there will be some pressure on Newcastle to win that game.
This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:
“I think a lot of the new offensive players are trying so hard and sometimes that isn’t the way to score goals.” “You need to have that super confidence.”
“We know we need to get some goals and hopefully at Gillingham on Tuesday, we can get a couple before we play Crystal Palace on Saturday, and get that one off us.”
“Obviously the last third today was not so good. I think a lot of the new offensive players are trying so hard and sometimes that isn’t the way to score goals.”
“But there was a lot of good play and a lot of good movement.” “I felt sorry for Willo, because I thought he was terrific in his distribution today and then he gets sent off.”
“Overall, to come to Villa and control the second half like we did, I’m pleased.”
Newcastle have played quite well in the first two games of the season, but there is disappointment we have picked up only one point, especially in a season when it’s very important we get off to a good start, after what happened earlier this year in the league.
Of course wins at Gillingham in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, and a home win next Saturday against Crystal Palace will soon raise the spirits on Tyneside.
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