We lost at the Terriers yesterday 1-0, but the score could have easily been a win 1-0 for Newcastle.
After only 16 minutes Matt Ritchie looked like he had scored, but the Huddersfield goalkeeper made an excellent save to push the ball around the post for a corner.
And in the second half, both Joselu and Ayoze Perez had chances within a couple of minutes of each other with Perez somehow blazing over the bar, when in the six-yard box.
The game was very close and when we did go behind we came back at the home side strongly, but once again our weakness was in converting the chances we created.
We definitely need another striker brought in this summer before the end of the month.
Aaron Mooy scores winning goal yesterday
Otherwise, it could be a very frustrating season (what – again?) for the faithful Newcastle fans.
As it turned out central midfielder Aaron Mooy – a target of Newcastle this summer – scored the all-important goal after 50 minutes when he was given far too much room and time to pick his spot.
And in truth, it was an excellent goal from the Australian from Huddersfield’s point of view.
After the game this is some of what Rafa Benitez said as reported in the Chronicle:
“You cannot make too many mistakes in the Premier League.” “We made one mistake, gave Mooy too much time on the ball and we conceded.”
“You have to take your chances.” “We tried to create more chances after the Matt Ritchie effort.”
“The reaction from the team was good to going behind.”
“We are at the beginning and we have to keep going.” “The only way to improve is to train harder.”
“We started the game controlling things a little bit when they were pressing.”
“But it doesn’t matter if you are well organized, pressing and working very hard – you have to score goals.”
“And you cannot concede if you want to get results in the Premier League or any division, but especially when you are playing in the top division.”
They seem to be the basics of whether you win or lose – conceding goals and missing your chance.
We missed our chances many times last season, otherwise, with another natural goalscorer in the side, we would have won the Championship by more than just one point.
What do you think?