DeAndre Yedlin got another start for Newcastle yesterday in what was supposed to be a celebration for Newcastle winning 10 games in a row for the first time in our history.
But it didn’t turn out that way and third bottom Blackburn Rovers came away with a victory as their manager Owen Coyle had predicted they would before the game.
This seems a case where the players did not commit themselves fully or concentrate 100% for all the game – points that Rafa keeps hammering into them as necessary if we want to keep winning games.
DeAndre Yedlin in action yesterday
There were also 6 changes made for the game and that was more than we expected, as it seems Rafa wants to win that quarter-final tie on Tuesday night at Hull City.
And the players that were brought in did not particularly impress with Chancel Mbemba looking nervous and out of sorts at the back and Aleksandar Mitrovic looking ordinary up front.
After the game Yedlin talked about the game on the Newcastle web-site and this is what he had to say:
“We didn’t have a good start, and I think that kind of lead into the rest of the game,”
“It just shows that we’re not invincible and we can get beat.” “We’re obviously disappointed, but we have got to stay positive and look forward to the next game.”
“If anything, this is a bit of a wake-up call.” “It’s good that everybody is disappointed because it shows what level our team is at.”
“When you’re putting the pressure on, the other team can obviously counter against you, and those are the times where you have to be the most careful,”
“They had a few corners and got the better of us on one of them. Sometimes, that’s the way the game goes.”
“Defensively, I thought they put some pressure on us, but in terms of keeping the ball out, we did alright.”
“We could have finished our chances a bit better, because we did have a lot of chances as well.”
“The game could have gone either way, but unfortunately for us it didn’t go our way today.”
“Now the focus goes to the Hull game, and we’ll all be ready to go for that, especially after this one.”
Newcastle had their chances and as DeAndre points out it could have gone either way.
But we also look back on our nine wins and we carried some luck in those games, so we cannot grumble too much that the luck didn’t go our way yesterday.
These thing happen and it’s now all about the reaction to our first defeat in over two months.
We need to win at Hull on Tuesday night and even moire important is to win our next league game at Nottingham Forest on Friday night and get back on track in the Championship.
We must press on and get as many points as we can just as quickly as possible and put more points between us and the third placed team.