Players Must Prove Themselves All Over Again


We seemed to be outclassed on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates, when a patched together Arsenal side beat a patched up Newcastle side quite easily,  with the final result being 4-1.

Ayoze PerezArsenal 4-1

Ayoze Perez – played well at Arsenal

But for some reason Newcastle were not at the races on Saturday, and although we were still in the game at half time when it was only 1-0, that scoreline flattered Newcastle’s weak first half performance.

The second half was not much better, and it’s been a long time since we were so comprehensively beaten in a game.

Alan Pardew had this to say after the game:

“Disappointed, a big stage – live on TV and we didn’t really show our true quality. We’re better than we showed today.”

“We missed chances and they broke on us a few times, we couldn’t quite make the pass, but Arsenal were good and deserved to win.”

“Even at 3-1 we were still pushing, the character of the team is not lost.” “If we’d have got a second goal we would have made them very very nervous.”

“Arsenal had too much for us; their passing, their movement, the quality of their play was a lesson we need to take on.”

“It’s the sort of level we’ve played at, particularly last week, and we need to try and stay at those levels every game. I’m not going to make excuses, the best team won.”

“We were very offensive and tried to be that and offer them problems but we overexposed ourselves. Therefore the game got a little too open and we paid the price.”

We go to Tottenham on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup, and Spurs had a good 2-1 win at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon,  scoring a late winner in that game through Christian Eriksen after 89 minutes

The danger man will be local lad Harry Kane, who scored this afternoon after just four minutes with a powerful header from a corner.

Newcastle must start this game a lot quicker and a lot better than we started the game on Saturday, and we have to close down the Spurs players from the first whistle.

Otherwise, we could be out of the Capital One Cup and be up against Sunderland on Sunday after two successive defeats – in a game we must win.

Only Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback impressed for Newcastle on Saturday, and they both ran their socks off for the cause.

The spotlight will now be on our players to see if they can get back to their winning ways – starting on Wednesday.

Two wins in the next two games and we’ll be in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, and most probably in the top six of the Premier League.

That wouldn’t be too bad.

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20 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve got full confidence in the squad and pardew.

    Win on Wednesday 1-0 cisse.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Yes I’m 1st for a change.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Ive got no confidence in the squad and Pardew

    Lose on wednesday 1-0 kane.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Typical P45DUE – Cudda, shudda wudda – Bovine excrement unlimited. He screwed up, without a doubt. Lets just hope he throws a Double Six on Tuesday and the right time turns up at Spuds!!!

    God help him if he gets it wrong against the scum – losing that game will make him realise just what passion really means!!!

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #5

    I have a wavering confidence in the squad and Pardew. Draw and jag a win in the replay, if there is one, if not, it’s down to half a dozen Hail Marys, on the night.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Time = Team @ 4, sorry!!

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t really get why we haven’t got Facundo Ferreyra going.

    Imagine Shola doing this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9HXJUCAf8k

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #8

    The last goal here is similar to the one before.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPODQ8f7nEg

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  • Graeme

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Jimmy – I think it has to e sorted on the night – so extra time then Pens I guess!!

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #10

    off topic I know but I think Jak has been harshly criticised for the 4 shots 4 goals thing.. Giroud header nobody would have got near, the blind flick at the front post was unstoppable, and a super arrogant penalty that would have beaten most keepers. Yes he looked nervous, but he can be forgiven for that in the circumstances. I hope people don’t get on his back too much cos we need him.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Well that makes it harder, but Spurs are inconsistent, have less to play for and have more commitments, even so, we are up against it, which actually makes it all the more exciting. C’mon!!!!!

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Sitc

    Pmsl, you think people giving jak criticism will make him vanish ?

    ‘i hope people dont get on his back too much because we need him’

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  • Dulcinera

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #13

    We need Alnwick as much as we need the flu!

    We’re stuck with him thats the only reason he’s playing. I’ve no idea how good or not Woodman is but i think we are in a position to give him a chance at spurs. Alnwick looks terrible. I’ll stick by that

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Not vanish no, just think the defeat was nothing to do with him but he got pelters from fans on the blog. Its a lot of pressure on him at the moment given his lack of experience. What’s ‘pmsl’ about that?

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Ferreyra probably doesn’t have the temperament for the EPL, just yet, as Pardew sees it, I suppose. That’s a hard thing to judge until you get the player on the training paddock and see him play in the shirt. Or he just may not be up to it, full stop. The EPL is ferocious and Pardew has us playing at a high tempo.

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  • Dulcinera

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Spurs may be inconsistant. But the fact remains they have a superior squad than ours. Only by pure luck did we beat them last time. They should have had us beaten in the first half that day only they didnt take their chances. They are starting to live up to their quality recently. I believe we will be beat, not comfortably but beaten all the same

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  • Dulcinera

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Jimmysmith

    Playing at a high tempo? are you kidding me? winning by pure luck at chelsea because we took the only 2 chances we had? beating liverpool at home cus we took more or less the only decent chance we had over 90 mins? a terrible attacking display at west ham where we lost? even when we beat liecester 1-0 at home we didn’t have high tempo! we have no style whatsover other than smash and grab

    We are one of the bost boring teams in the PL to watch. We are a one of those teams who fly by for 70-80 mins until we get one good chance and take it!

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  • Sav

    Dec 15, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #18

    For once, unctuous Richard Keys is right – the Cazorla chip was an unnecessary cheap shot against a rookie kid goalie. Even Carlo Cudicini had a go at him for it.

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  • mikeyconcon

    Dec 15, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #19

    All not lost – just came up against an Arsenal team that played incredibly well with better players than us. We missed Sissoko badly. Still reckon we can get a good result against Spurs as they ain’t that amazing this season. Gotta watch Kane and Eriksen though – good players.

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  • Ericles

    Dec 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #20

    When are fans going to wise up to this muppet running our team? When we win it is down to himn. It is “I did this”. When we lose it is because “we did this”.

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