After the game on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium, it was disappointing to come away with a 2-0 defeat, but in truth we were very lucky to get away with that scoreline.
It could (should?) have been a much bigger defeat after Daryl Janmaat was sent off after 41 minutes for two yellows cards for fouls against the star of the game – Ecuadorian left-winger Jefferson Montero.
Daryl Janmaat chops down Montero – again
The game was too much like the games we had under John Carver, where the players seemed frustrated and undisciplined (and outplayed), and at least Daryl Janmaat on Saturday lost his head and once we were down to 10 men the game was essentially over.
And the other big negative on Saturday was that Moussa Sissoko had to come off at half time with a groin injury, and we are yet to know just how bad that injury is.
Moussa has looked very good in pre-season.
Steven Taylor came on in the second half and Chancel Mbemba, who was our Man of the Match, went to right back – and that could well be what happens when we play at Old Trafford on Saturday, in the early kick-off game.
This is what Steven has said today:
“We are trying hard to get our first win of the season and there is no shortage of confidence from the players.”
“We went to Swansea believing we could win the game and had a game plan to do it but unfortunately Swansea played better than us – we have to accept that and take it on the chin.”
“All we can do is move on and we have a massive week ahead of us, it is important we get down to the training ground, get grafting and look forward to the Manchester United game.”
“Old Trafford is a great place to play and hopefully it can inspire us to do something pretty special.”
It was the proverbial bad day at the office for Newcastle and before Daryl was sent off we did look like we were getting back into the game.
What Newcastle must show now is a lot more fortitude at Old Trafford on Saturday, and we’ll see if we can compete – which we didn’t do at the Liberty Stadium last Saturday.
Swansea were just too good for us.
What do you think?