We Know We Can Do Better – We Will Learn From This

Newcastle were brought down to earth yesterday at the Emirates Stadium, when we were hammered 4-1 by Arsenal in what was Newcastle’s worst display for a long time –  only the second defeat in the last  11 games and the first time in 11 games that we had conceded more than one goal in a game.

during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on December 13, 2014 in London, England.

Cheick Tiote in action yesterday at the Emirates

Now Newcastle have only a few days to recover for what is another important game for us – a really vital game – if we harbor any hopes of winning our first trophy in 46 years.

We play Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night,  when we will have Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor back from injury, and maybe Rolando Aarons will finally have recovered from that hamstring injury of his.

Cheick Tiote had a decent enough performance yesterday, but he was lucky not to receive his matching orders in the first, after what looked an ugly foul on Alexis Sanchez in the first half.

Our vice-captain talked on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game:

“Everybody is disappointed about the game.” “When Ayo scored at 3-0 down it gave us the confidence that we could get back into the game, and we tried to push and push to make it closer.”

“Because of that we conceded the fourth goal on the break, and that can happen when you are chasing the game.” “We have been on a very good run and we still have confidence in ourselves, but we have to improve.”

“We know we can do better than this and we will learn from the match.” “We didn’t defend well enough as a team and did not do the right things on the pitch.”

“We have to learn quickly to put it right for Wednesday night against Tottenham.”

The highlight for Newcastle yesterday afternoon was Ayoze Perez’s goal from a Jack Colback free kick after 63 minutes, when he brilliantly headed the ball home for his fourth goal of the season – this lad could be the find of the season for us, and seems able to score goals out of almost nothing.

Here’s a video of his goal yesterday to cheer op some of the Newcastle fans this morning.


We will need to see a vast improvement on Wednesday night at White Hart Lane if we have any chance of reaching the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.

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10 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Watershed moment for Pardew. Will be interested to see if he ‘learns’ something this time, as many feel he never does. Encouragingly he has said he has to look at himself / his selection. I can see no way how he could consider picking Willo, Tiote or Gouffran in the starting 11 v Spurs if Abeid, Sissoko and Haidara are all fit. Addressing that would prove he has learned. Win then pick the same team v the mackems…with option of Perez up front and Cisse to the bench, Off to work…damn missing the Man U scousers dust up!

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    I see Lord Alan Sugar(of the Apprentice and ex Spurs Chairman) has been tweeting about King Percy.
    His three tweets are copied below:-

    “Love to hear what Pardew has to say now. He could not believe his luck in the past few games”

    “4-1 Arsenal”

    “How you feeling Pardew …..big head !”

    I hope he’s not suggesting that King Percy is cocky and arrogant.


  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 14, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #3

    What ever little boy, go and get a sense of humour, follows the blog regularly but don’t even comment that much.

    11Diggedydaws // Dec 14, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    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.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 14, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    And it’s childish not churlish.

    Ha ha ha

  • FAU

    Dec 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    4on target and 4goals for gunners. Pardew need to sign a goalie on emergency loan basis. Alnwick need to be sub. Or we will go downhill on the table

  • lesh

    Dec 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6


    You’re still up and about at this time?

    What’s up? The Red Bull still got you fizzing?

  • Diggedydaws

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Pick up the dictionary and look up churlish, I think hombre you will find that it sits quite nicely with your often projected character.

  • Sav

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Gouffran does seem to be Pardew’s new ‘Jonas’ who gets picked every game regardless. However, there weren’t many options open. Disappointingly, Gouffran looked totally played-out by the end.


    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #9

    The Gooners totally outclassed us, and the scoreline could of been even worse !

    We missed Sissoko, big time and Jak Alnwick was totally out of his depth?

    However, we can learn from this and will have to, pretty dam quickly ! But i knew we were gonna lose before the start, just did,nt know what the scoreline would be?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #10

    The expression that really gets up my nose is when a manager says, “We’ll learn from this.”


    Having said that I believe the players didn’t fully have the confidence needed in Alnwick. and that went right through from back to front.
    I’d have liked to have seen him trying to take command of the goal area, he never did.


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