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.
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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