Alan Pardew seemed to accept that Newcastle were well beaten by a better side today, as Arsenal won the game at the Emirates rather easily by 4-1, after being 1-0 up at the half and 3-0 up at one point in the second half.
Santi Cazorla scoring Arsenal’s second goal today
This is what Alan Pardew said immediately after the game:
“We didn’t play well today, they were sharper than us, the three that didn’t travel to midweek and it showed today. Their front three caused us all sorts of trouble and Chamberlain was fantastic in the middle and we have to accept that.¨
¨But when I look at my team today we just weren’t good enough.¨ “When we nicked a goal back and had a good little spell if we had got a second goal I think we could have brought back some bad memories for Arsenal.¨
¨That’s because it does play on your mind but we couldn’t manage that, but to be honest I don’t think we deserved it today, the better side won,”
“The opposition always have a say on how you are going to perform and they were terrific today, we missed Moussa Sissoko and we didn’t deal very well with his absence, and that is something we are going to have deal with.”
That’s only Newcastle’s second defeat in the last 11 games played, but we conceded as many goals today that we have conceded in the previous nine games – so it wasn’t good.
Newcastle will now have to regroup for the important game at Tottenham on Wednesday night in the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup.
Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor were both suspended for the game today, and certainly Moussa will start the game in London, and Steven Taylor could also come straight back into the side.
It will be an important game for Newcastle to get some confidence back for the following game at home to Sunderland at St. James’ Park next Sunday afternoon.
Sunderland have won the last three Tyne – Wear derbies – but have won only two of their fifteen league games this season.
But the two games against Newcastle could become their season – as the two games last season were – and both were wins – as they kept losing their other games. 🙁
Sunderland are again struggling in the Premier League, and only just avoided the drop last season, with an amazing set of results over the last five games of the season to miraculously avoid relegation.
Newcastle need to win the derby game against Sunderland – forget about beating league leaders Chelsea last week – we need to beat Sunderland.
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