When Ayoze Perez scored Newcastle’s goal yesterday at the Emirates, which came out of the blue after 63 minutes, Newcastle were definitely in with a chance of getting back in the game, but that depended on scoring a second goal rather quickly, and it didn’t happen.
Alan Pardew on the sidelines yesterday
And the score-line was then made to look a lot worse, when Santi Cazorla scored from the penalty spot with just two minutes to play in normal time, after Paul Dummett brought down the impressive Danny Welbeck in the penalty box.
It was the second time we had conceded four goals in a league game this term, the first being the 4-0 disaster at Southampton on 13th September.
After the game Alan Pardew lamented on what could have been:.
“In terms of the two results the first goal was going to be more significant today; the fact they had got beat and we had a good result in beating Chelsea last weekend,”
“I still felt, even at 3-1, that the game was in the balance. If we could have scored the second goal we had half a chance. The demons might have returned from Anderlecht, but we couldn’t get ourselves into that position and probably didn’t deserve to.”
“Arsenal came out flying and had a really good purple patch and we were hanging on. We weren’t as efficient with the ball as we have been.”
“A lot of the credit has to go to Arsenal, they didn’t give us a lot of time and they were quick. We grew into the game a little bit. and had a chance to equalise that we should have taken.”
The chance to equalize was when Gouffran headed the ball from a Jack Colback free kick which Wojciech Szczesny stopped on the line, and Papiss Cisse, of all people, should have done better when he hit the rebound straight at the goalkeeper.
Certainly if we could have scored a second goal to make it 3-2 it would have changed the complexion of the game, but of course we didn’t and an Arsenal breakaway led to their fourth goal.
But the real truth is we did not play well yesterday and didn’t deserve anything out of this game.
The good news is that it’s just one game, and maybe it was just one of those bad days at the office.
But the next two games – in the Capital One Cup quarter-final at Tottenham on Wednesday night, followed by the home game against Sunderland next Sunday – are crucial games for Newcastle.
Two wins in those two games and we will be flying again.
Two defeats and we may even see the SackPardew brigade reinvigorated, and they have been laying low over the last couple of months since we started winning games.
And it would be very hard to take a fourth defeat in a row from Sunderland.
We’d like to see two wins, and then we can keep our good season going – hopefully until May.
Howay The Lads!!
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