We thought Newcastle will look back on this game and think it’s a game we should have won, and most of the reports say that Newcastle were the better side, and we dominated the second half.
Mehdi Abeid in action last night
But the worrying thing is that for all our dominance in that second half, and you take out Cisse’s goal after 48 minutes, Tom Heaton the Burnley goalkeeper hardly had a save to make, so we weren’t creating many chances.
Mehdi Abeid had yet another good game and he has taken to his Twitter account:
“Deserved 3 points today,the team showed a great character and played some good football especially.”
In fact the thing that let Newcastle down in the second half was out set plays were very poor (what – again?), and the number of times the corners and free kicks fell short and were cleared by Burnley players was frustrating.
It’s been a poor part of Newcastle’s play for some time, and the that final ball let us down.
The sooner Ryan Taylor and/or Siem de Jong are back the better – because both of those players are good from set plays.
Ryan is due back at the end of the month, according to Physioroom.com and Siem is at least back in training, although it could still be a few weeks before he’s fit to play.
And Mehdi had another good game last night, and deserves to keep his place for the home game against Chelsea.
The Algerian has been a revelation for Newcastle this season, and he worked his socks off for Newcastle in that second half – he was here, there and everywhere.
Maybe we can sell Cheick Tiote next summer – if we can get £15M for him – because it seems that Mehdi can do the job for Newcastle in central midfield.
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