Ayoze Perez has explained why it’s more difficult for Newcastle to win at home this season, basically because teams defend and try to park a couple of (large) buses in their penalty area to frustrate Newcastle and prevent us from scoring.
But that always happens with good teams playing at home – and it’s then up to the home team to break the opposition down – that’s why you need good creative players in games like that.
You see that ploy used regularly in the Premier League when lower level teams go to places like Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs to defend and frustrate the home side.
Ayoze Perez – Newcastle forward
It was a great game at Norwich City on Tuesday night and both sides deserve great credit for going for the win, but that also allowed Newcastle to attack more as Norwich went after us.
Newcastle’s opponents in the next two games are Aston Villa and Bristol City next Monday and Saturday respectively – and these are two games we should be winning.
But we know no game in the Championship is easy and the lads will need the full support of the Geordie fans in these two upcoming games to get the 6 points – and we hope both games will be sell-outs.
Ayoze Perez has explained in the local papers today why things are different at home.
This is some of what he has said as reported in the Northern Echo:
“It’s very different when you play at home,” “When you play at home, teams defend more than they do at home.”
“They know it’s hard to play at St James’.”
“They come to do a good job defending, and it’s really hard to break down. It is very different, which is why the form away and the form at home is very different.”
“We just have to fight to the end. We have to be focused on Aston Villa now, which we know is going to be another tough game.”
“They know how to play against us. At home, it’s even tougher, so we have to deal with that, and try to get the points. That’s the important thing.”
“It (Norwich) could be an important result come May,” “In the past, we didn’t win or draw some of these kinds of games, so it was important to get a point.”
“You could see the character of the team, we came back and fought until the end and we even had two late chances to win the game, but it couldn’t happen.”
“We showed some character. We knew the importance of the game, and finally we drew.”
“We’re disappointed because we deserved the three points, but we continue going and that’s one less game to play now.”
It was good to see Ayoze back to form again on Tuesday night, with a good goal after just 23 seconds – and he almost got the winner late in the game as impressive goalkeeper John Ruddy made yet another excellent save at the end of the game.
We could have had 3 points on Tuesday night but we’ll take the point and move forward – hopefully with two more wins coming up at St. James’ Park.
Howay The Lads!!