It’s basically the story if the game on Saturday with Newcastle ahead 1-0 through a first half goal from Fab Coloccini, Siem de Jong was brilliantly set up in the second half by Gini Wijnaldum who crossed the ball and all Siem had to do was head the ball in at the near post – but he missed the chance and headed the ball wide.
It was a bad miss and then a couple of minutes later Aston Villa were level through a wonder goal from Jordan Ayew – the younger brother of Swansea’s Andre.
Siem de Jong – soaked to the skin on Saturday
After the game Siem immediately took responsibility for the miss and tweeted out this message to the fans.
I know, I should have scored? need to keep improving and keep getting results! #NUFC
— Siem de Jong (@siemdejong) December 19, 2015
And after the game Siem talked to the local press at length about this miss that changed the game.
“It was an important moment.” “I tried to head it into the short corner, but I hit it 5 cm too far. I was trying to place it, because I saw the keeper at the far post and so I wanted to head it short, but it slipped off my head.”
“Of course, I wanted to score it. Unfortunately, I didn’t. I went off after that, but we had two other chances to win it.”
“It’s not so much that I need a goal, it’s just that I want to take the chances that I get.” “In the first half, I played all right with some through balls, but the way we played made it difficult for me to get on the ball as much as I wanted.”
“I think the balls that I got were all right, but I wanted to take my chances.” “Obviously it’s tough for me,” “These are my first few games in the Premier League.”
“I’d only started one game before this run and it’s still something I’m getting used to. I’m doing what I can to help the team.”
“I’m enjoying it. I’m happy to be on the pitch. I want to help the team as much as I can, and I could have scored for 2-0, and I’m frustrated about not scoring.”
“But I’m happy to be back and playing. This was a tough game on a tough pitch, and I had a little bit of a cold so I couldn’t play longer. Hopefully, I can get 90 minutes in the coming weeks.”
“The last three games up top we’ve changed it a bit and we’ve tried to press more. We talk to each other more about what we are doing and I think that’s working quite well.”
“I think you see that in the last three games, it wasn’t our best performance, but I think in the first half we made it impossible for Villa to play.” “They had to kick it long and we won a lot of balls.”
“The second half they changed it and put on the big striker, and they scored for 1-1. After that, we came back into it and had chances.”
“I feel we are making steps,” “Even against Villa, when it was not our best performance, we got a draw..”
“We had a couple of games when our performance dropped too much, but everyone knows that in the team, and in the last three games we have been at a much better level.”
.”Of course you’re going to lose sometimes, but we have got to fight and make opponents work very hard if they’re going to get a win.”
“That’s what we’re trying to do at the moment, and hope that we can continue that and get some more points.”
After the miss Siem was immediately hooked by Steve McClaren and replaced by Ayoze Perez but the crowd still gave Siem some warm applause.
Siem is well liked by the fans after all his trials and tribulations last season with a number of injuries as well as that collapsed lung.
Siem can still make it at Newcastle and he needs playing time and we believe he will start again on Saturday and partner Aleksandar Mitrovic up front at home to Everton.
Papiss Cisse is out injured and we’ll see Ayoze Perez at some point in the second half.
Everton are a much better team than Aston Villa so who knows – we’ll probably win this one.