One of the unusual facets of the first half last night at Burnley, was that Newcastle were out fought by the opposition, and the Burnley players worked harder than the Newcastle players in that first 45 minutes, and went in at the break with that 1-0 lead.
Alan Pardew – during the first half last night – not happy
That’s been very unusual in Newcastle’s good streak over the last couple of months, but two good insightful changes made by Alan Pardew at half time – taking off the out-of-sorts Mike Williamson and replacing him with Steven Taylor, and bringing on Remy Cabella for Ayoze Perez and those changes did the trick.
And Remy was the difference in that second half – in what was a very good performance from Newcastle United, and we were a bit unlucky not to win the game.
But we cannot play only half a game against Chelsea, and if we start like we did at Burnley and not match Chelsea’s hard-working players, the game could be as good as over at half time.
If we are to get anything out of the game on Saturday against the league leaders – then we have to put in two good halves – like the one we put in during the second half last night.
One other thing that Newcastle must improve is our set plays – which haven’t been good for quite a while and at least all this year.
Maybe our ineffective set-plays was the main reason we didn’t win the game last night, because the corners and free kicks were poor, and the final ball was never good enough.
That explains why Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton didn’t have a save to make in those final 40 minutes of the game.
So hopefully Alan Pardew will sort the set plays out before Saturday – hopefully – and last night Mehdi Abeid did a lot of the duties, but it was one of the few things in his game that didn’t work for the Algerian last night.
Maybe Remy Cabella is the one to take the free kicks – or local lad Jack Colback.
The Newcastle players will know they will have to work like crazy for the full 90 minutes if we are to duplicate last season’s result in this match – and win the game.
That would be something!!
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