Brave Newcastle Go Down Fighting – Lose 2-1 To Arsenal

Newcastle put up a spirited performance in this game, and in the end were unlucky not to get a point, as they came storming back in the second half from a two goal deficit with two goals from Giroud, and Moussa Sissoko scored after only four minutes into the second half to start what was a great comeback by the Magpies.

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Moussa Sissoko scores Newcastle’s goal after 49 minutes

Newcastle continuously attacked Arsenal in the second half and Moussa Sissoko, Ayoze Perez and Remy Cabella always looked dangerous.

Newcastle started the game very brightly but then two goals in just four minutes just before the 30 minute mark from Giroud seemed to have put the game away for Arsenal.

Arsenal went ahead after 24 minutes when Cazorla took a free kick from the right and it was headed on by Danny Welbeck to Giroud who poked the ball past Krul and into the net with his left foot and Arsenal were 1-0 up.

Vurnon Anita was guarding the post but was a yard inside – which is where the ball went – poor defending by Anita.

In the next couple of minutes Arsenal created two or three good chances with the Newcastle defense stretched – but then after 28 minutes they went 2-0 up and it was a simple goal.

A Cazorla corner was met by Giroud who out muscled Mike Williamson to head the ball past Tim Krul and it was 2-0 and things were not looking good for Newcastle.

In the second half Ryan Taylor and Cabella combined well down the right wing and Ryan put Cabella through on the right with a brilliant through ball, and the Frenchman pulled the ball back well and it was Moussa Sissoko who rammed the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-1.

And Newcastle were going all out for the equalizer with the crowd right behind them,  but another goal just wouldn’t come.

There were a lot of positives to take out of the game including some really good performances from some of the Newcastle players, and Daryl Janmaat had a strong game at center-back – we must keep this player this summer.

The Newcastle players were applauded off at the end of the game – and they deserved the applause.

While we didn’t expect anything from this game,  our lads were excellent today – especially in that second half – but we just didn’t have the luck.

However, Newcastle drop down to 12th place in the league behind Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace, who won away from home again – this time 2-1 at Stoke City.

That’s 11 points Palace have gained on Newcastle since Alan Pardew’s last game in charge of Newcastle in the 3-2 home win against Everton.

However good we were today in that second half, Newcastle have now lost four of the last five games and have three defeats in a row.

We’ll have a full report coming up.

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9 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Mar 21, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #1

    It was nice to see us giving it a go in the second half, and playing some nice football at time, make you wonder why we do not play like that every week.

    IMO turning up in the second half of a match is nothing to get to excited about. We should have been playing like that from the start.

    Worse still the inept one’s Palace are now above us in the table. Damn damn damn!

  • JamesToon

    Mar 21, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #2

    We need passion, energy and flair in the Derby, would like to see Kemen and Arma start.


  • bob52

    Mar 21, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    At last a fighting performance and unlucky not to get the draw after a good second half, thought Gutiérrez made a difference, perhaps he should have started before Anita, Janmaat was a colossus at the heart of the defence. Pardew has taken Palace from a team of losers to 11th and above us!!!

  • toonbrother

    Mar 21, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #4

    colback is no fullback
    however our defence today was far better than anything involving the wretched colocinni

  • bladeuser

    Mar 21, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets all shout it from the roof tops. hang on we LOST who gives a toss about a spirited second half thats what they are f#@#@$$ payed for u some of u lot will accept any old s$#$

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 21, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #6

    This was an improvement. We’re back to our good half/bad half level under P45. Let’s hope Carver starts Perez and Cabella for the derby.

  • midweek weekend

    Mar 21, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Just fantastic 2nd half which makes it so annoying that we only give it ago for 40 minutes, if we can play like the 2nd half against Sunderland we’ll win

  • nut meg

    Mar 21, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Pleased it wasn’t the hammering which I predicted.Terrific effort in the second half,desire,commitment,determination call it what you will with a lot of skill to go with it. Blew my prediction out of the water.

  • toonluvva

    Mar 21, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #9

    I expected us to get absolutely hammered by Arsenal today.
    When they scored twice in short order, I thought here we go again! I remain convinced that an arsenal player handled the ball in the run up to the corner they scord the second from. Poor performnace from the assistant ref IMO.
    We put in a much better second half performance, got to grips with the game and scored a good goal.
    Jonas seems suited to coming on with around 20 minutes remaining and giving 100%. Why we waited until about the 88th minute to introduce Arma I have no idea.
    Next up, sun’lun. If we raise our game we can get all 3 points and virtually guarantee safety. If not, it will be a long run into the end of the season.


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