We were a little worried in case some of our Newcastle players didn´t turn up for the game on Sunday at Sunderland but the lads did turn up and executed the game plan almost perfectly in that first half – but there was one missing ingredient – goals.
When we get chances in these games they have to be tucked away and goals change games.
Ayoze Perez challenged by Lee Cattermole
And then there was the Coloccini – Fletcher incident that ended up in Sunderland getting a penalty and Newcastle being reduced to 10 men after Colo was sent off.
Ayoze Perez is one of our best players these days and he´s also a very positive guy with a great temperament.
Ayoze had called on his team-mates to stick together and keep working hard.
This is what Perez told nufcTV after the game:
“I think so. We played really well.” “We didn’t deserve this result. We had heart so I think we have to be disappointed, stick together and work hard as we have done up until now.”
“We are disappointed. We don’t deserve what happened so we have to stick together because we played really well.” “We created a lot of chances – maybe some decisions changed the game.”
“When it was only 1-0 we had that big chance as well.” “We created more than that so it was unlucky that we didn’t score.”
Mitrovic had a great one on one chance with Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon but the giant goalie did well to block the shot.
It´s over now and what we expect Newcastle to do is learn what they can from what happened and prepare hard for the Stoke City game.
We have to start getting some wins on the board to start moving up that league table.
The fans will be behind them fully on Saturday afternoon – let´s hope we can get the full 3 points and that could take us out of the relegation zone.
That would be good.