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 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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