We Went Toe-To-Toe With Them But They Gave Us Nothing

The Yorkshire Post in their report were complimentary about Newcastle last night after we beat Barnsley 2-0 at Oakwell in front of their biggest crowd there for six years.

And the opposing manager Paul Heckingbottom has chipped in with his praise for the Magpies, but what impressed Paul the most about Newcastle was the graft and hard work the players put in last night.


Dwight Gayle scoring Newcastle’s first goal

39 year-old Paul remembers playing against our top scorer Dwight Gayle some years ago and he started off by talking about the striker whose two goals last night got us all 3 points – our fourth win in a row.

This is what Paul said:

“I can’t remember whether I played center-half or left-back against him, but I can remember he was quiet for most of that game and still ended up scoring two goals too.”

“He was good, but that’s what you pay for isn’t it? His goals. We were prepared for that, so from our point of view, it’s disappointing that two lapses of concentration cost us the game.”

“That was the difference.” “They gave us absolutely nothing during the game, even though we worked our socks off,”

“We went toe-to-toe with them, even though they’re at the top of the league, and we were grafting and working for everything we could. “But they gave us nothing.”

“They were having to graft and work as hard as us to get anything, but the two goals were lapses in concentration on our part.”

“I’ve been impressed with the way in which this Newcastle team has proved it’s prepared to dig in and work in order to get a result.”

“It was a similar story at Rotherham, although I watched that game and with respect to Rotherham, I thought we had a right go at them even more than they did.”

“They gave us nothing. “They matched our effort and endeavor, and ultimately they’ll be over the moon with their result.”

“We’re disappointed with the goals we conceded because we would have loved to have given them nothing, like they gave us nothing.”

“You can’t hide behind the excuse that they’ve spent more money than us,” “We know we can win in this league. That’s what we have to take on board, and rise to that challenge.”

“They’ve got quality all over. “They took three really good players out of their side, and brought three really good players in.”

“But that’s the situation we’re in, and it doesn’t mean we can’t compete. On another day, we might have got something.”

While we are now top of the league, there’s not much daylight between us and a number of the other teams, so we need to keep this winning streak going for just as long as possible.

Huddersfield play at home to Preston tonight and a win will bring them level on points with us, but in second place because of our much superior goal difference.

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7 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 19, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Too slow again.

    Just been looking at the 1st team squad on NUFC site and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of options other than playing Mitrovic, Murphy or Perez as alternatives..

    Another possibility, which has probably already been suggested is to play Gouffron central with Yedlin or Lazar on the wing.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 19, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #2

    stuart no9 // Oct 19, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    newcastle starting yo get it together now , and gayle starting to get into gear , must admit at the start of the season i wasnt too sure about him even though i knew he could score but was he up to the task at newcastle sooo pleased its tiurning out right for him now , and i feel he hasnt started yet . being top in october was something i expected before the season started , but after the first few games i thought , ooops maybe im wrong , now we are there i fully expect us to stay there or 2nd sometimes , but rafa is in the awing now as are are the lads . Being top also brings apprehension from opponents now IMO.
    I feel opponents may show us too much respect which will allow us to control games more and take advantage of the situation , maybe not all teams but most teams will turn out with the fear factor in the tunnel , anyone agree or disagree??

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 19, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Let’s continue to give the other teams, nothing!!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 19, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #4

    “I won’t make excuses, but I won’t stop reiterating my excuses.”.

    Nearly always slips through in some form when we win. “Newcastle, money, money, money, squad depth, boo-hoo.”.

    We’re a financially well run club, have been for a while now, a big fan base and many premium assets sold in the summer. Time for the rest of the league to put their pet lip away. These guys are supposed to be managers, leaders of men, yet they sound like whiny children. Imagine hearing these comments if you’re a player of that team. No doubt it’s not just post-match either.

    Breed an inferiority complex then don’t be surprised when you’re beaten. Not like we’re talking Real Madrid vs Gateshead, we’re in the same league.

  • Mag52

    Oct 19, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5


    Back to the worries about Gayle’s continued ability to stay fit and knocking in the goals in a busy fixture list, rotation, if circumstances permit, later in the game, would at least get Mitro and Murphy up to match speed, with possibly a goal or two to help their confidence levels when they are called upon to start matches.

  • Mag52

    Oct 19, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry, not climate but Clinath.

  • Dennis Twice

    Oct 19, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Attack Toon attack, attack!


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