Newcastle got a second clean sheet in a row last night at Gillingham, and we scored our first goal in three games, albeit an own goal to progress to the third round of the Capital One Cup – and the draw for that is tonight.
Obertan and Aarons celebrate goal
It was a Obertan cross that John Egan put into his own net
Alan Pardew played a decent team last night, although there were still six changes from the side that started the game at Villa Park last Saturday, with two of the changes being enforced – Mike Williamson was suspended after his sending off on Saturday, and apparently Jack Colback is injured.
Alan talked about the difficulty of team selection in the local cups:
“You’re damned if you do, and damned if you’re don’t.” “We could have lost with six internationals and everyone would have said ‘what are you doing?’”
“But we’ve won, and that’s the most important thing for the manager in the cup, and to be in the next round.” “The two games we’ve played before this, there is one thing that’s typical of us at the minute – we’re not really conceding many chances.”
“And we didn’t again tonight, that’s three games against very different opposition.” “I’m really pleased on that side, but there’s no doubt we need to improve on forward areas.”
It’s good that we have only conceded two goals in the first three games, that’s for sure, but it’s also a little worrying that we have scored only once, especially since we are creating enough chances.
The general consensus among fans seems to be that we need another striker brought in before next Tuesday, but whether we can do that is a very good question – there’s not too many good strikers available.
And Celtic lost 1-0 to Maribor last night in the Champions League and go out on a 2-1 aggregate score, so maybe that opens up the door for us to sign their 23 year-old center-back Virgil van Dijk?
Note: Kieron Hubbuck will be participating in the Great North Run this year for the MNDA, the Motor Neurone Disease Association or ALS – which is an incurable disease. Kieron’s Aunt was diagnosed with MNDA some months back, and that’s one reason Kieran is attempting to raise funds.
You can contribute to MNDA on Kieron’s Just Giving page. Thanks.
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