Christian Atsu, our Ghanaian winger who is on loan this season from Chelsea was the only one of our four players to score from his spot kick last night and even that went in off the under-side of the cross bar.
But the 24 year-old gave a good interview on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game and everything the lad says is accurate.
We could have won but we didn’t and we have to move on and concentrate on the next game since that’s now the most important game.
You know we think he’s been well tutored by a certain Rafa Benitez.
Christian Atsu scores from his penalty
It was a loss that was hard to take because we were the better side and although the result was a disastrous one given the circumstances of the game – the lads played very well – that’s a big positive.
This is what Atsu said on the Newcastle web-site after the loss last night:
“You can see that everyone is very disappointed with this loss, but we have to refocus now on the games ahead which are more important now than the one we’ve just played.”
“We have a league game on Friday, and we can’t be thinking about this game. We have to concentrate on the game ahead.”
“On Friday, we have to give everything, and we have to react quickly.” “It’s so disappointing when you lose games like this but you have to react quickly.”
“I think that after we lost at home to Blackburn, today we came here and played a very good game, and unfortunately we lost a game we could have won.”
“We now have to concentrate and react quickly in the next game against Nottingham Forest.”
“It’s very, very disappointing because we could have won the game, and then there was a lack of concentration.”
“They got one chance and then they equalized. Penalties are just 50-50, and they won. We’re really disappointed.”
“They had the red card and then we scored, and we knew that it would be difficult for them to score.”
“But the chance that they got, they scored.” “I thought we played a very good game, but the result was not the best for us.”
“We had a lot of chances, even when it was 1-1. We created a lot of chances and we missed a lot of chances too,”
“We had more possession than them, and we were just unfortunate that we lost the game.”
“I think we were better than them. We created chances, we had more of the ball possession and we deserved to win the game but we lost, and that’s football.”
“Anyone can miss penalties – the best players in the world miss penalties.”
“We just have to look at the next game. It’s more important than the ones that are behind us. We have to concentrate on the future.”
The players have to recover quickly and get ready both mentally and physically for another tough game – this time at Nottingham Forest on Friday night.
That’s our bread and butter this season – picking up wins in the Championship – we must get promoted this season.
A win is what we need.