Ron Elliot had a very good game on Wednesday night against Manchester City and one of his saves – from Sergio Aguero – was simply world-class.
Newcastle did very well to hold City to 1-0, and in those last 15 minutes, Newcastle had at least a couple of good chances to equalize and end Manchester City’s 17 game winning run.
But we couldn’t do it, and we got nothing out of the game.
Rob Elliot has talked today about the tactical genius of Rafa Benitez and how he can set a team up to get a result, and we almost got a point on Wednesday night.
The next two games against Brighton at home tomorrow and Stoke away on Monday will see Newcastle being a more attacking side.
We need wins, and two wins in those games would take us near the middle of the table.
This is what Rob has said about the game on Wednesday, as reported in the Northern Echo:
“We had a game plan. We were never going to go toe-to-toe with Manchester City – teams have done that this season and conceded six, seven and eight.”
“Our idea was to stay in the game as long as possible, build well and then we had some chances to nick a draw at the end.”
“We need to be realistic and the manager is tactically fantastic, he set us out well and we were disappointed with the goal we conceded.”
“But it was only one goal, and we almost got something.”
“We’ve got to be realistic about where we are at the moment, but at 1-0 against anyone you’ve always got a chance.”
“We always knew they would have a lot of the ball, but we set out with a game plan and I thought we executed it really well, showed great attitude and desire, and the fans appreciated that.”
“Especially towards the end when the atmosphere was incredible. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the goal.”
“We need points from the next two games. When you look at the table, it’s obviously great if you can take points from teams like Man City or the big boys.”
“But the main thing is to pick up points from the teams in and around you.”
“We know we have another two opportunities to do that between now and New Year’s Day.”
“We have got to get our focus back on Brighton and Stoke, and we have to make sure we stick to what we are good at and build on from the positive performances against Arsenal and West Ham.”
“Man City was a bit of a different game because you don’t play against Man City every week – thank God.”
“But the next two games are massive and hopefully that can push us positively into the New Year.”
These upcoming two games will set the mood for Newcastle fans going into the new year.
At least 4 points from those games will be a good return, but we have to go all out to win both games.