We Weren’t Good Enough – The Better Side Won

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.

cazorla scores arsneal's seocnd goal

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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11 comments so far

  • Moe

    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #1

    gave up? what kind of message does that send to the players? It’s ok to lose to a better side?!

  • firebug666

    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m starting to think the inept one has a soft spot for Arsenal, whenever we play them you always find him singing their praises.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #3

    We cobble together our players as cheaply as we can and we are trying to develop youngsters too. We do it better than most, and with our natural resources we are a top half club, but it’s still night and day between us and the likes of Arsenal away from home without our best 11 available. They were deserved 4-1 winners as heroic as we’ve been of late.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #4

    I think it’s a reasonable request that a Swansea fan who posts on an Nufc blog tells us why he also follows Newcastle m

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #5


    That’s because we’re the arsenal of the north steered by the king who, coincidentally seems himself in the wenger mould, minus the league titles, the fa cups and the seamless champions league qualification 😉


    Speaking of vikings, how’s your “horn” bearing up after getting bashed by BandB 😀

    On a serious note. Who’s watched the series vikings? Pretty good. Vagnor lothbrooks wifey is a fitty.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Poor old Welsh, he’s fallen for another girl, but he can’t bear to break it to the missus, and all this skulking around behind her back. C’mon Welshie, you’re either a mag or you’re not. Do the decent thing, you might as well, there’s no turning back now any way, ask any of us.

  • msk21dec

    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #7

    personally think our best 11 from squad is krul; janmat, colo, dummet, haidara; obertan, raylor, colback, aarons;sissoko, perez. as cover we have cabella for obertan and ameobi for aarons. then dejong for sissoko. saylor can cover colo. abeid for raylor. after that we struggle really bad.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #8


    Are you alright.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve said it once and I will say it again, i support swans and follow newcastle anything wrong with that or what.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve been following newcastle since, hang on a minute I’ve got a question for all you Geordies, which season was it when newcastle drew with arsenal 1-1 and Robert got sent off.

    That’s when i started.

  • Diggedydaws

    Dec 14, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Follw the blog regularly and long time and I just can’t help myself now.
    Welsh, you make jokes that aren’t funny instead of commentin or blogging about the team and club that is most important to you, continually get the hump and become churlish with other folks when they pull you up because of this.

    Now when I read you are not even a Toon fan but a Swansea fan that says it all to me like, stop being an annoyance an go post on a Swansea blog and jam up their posting with your innane clap trap…please.


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