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It Wasn’t To Be – Too Many Mistakes Against A Top Side – But The Will And Fight Were There

You cannot make mistakes against a team as good as Manchester City and Newcastle made two big ones last night in losing 2-0 in the FA Cup quester-final.

After defending well in the opening half Swiss International Fabian Schar needlessly pushed Gabriel Jesus in the box and it was a penalty.

What was Schar thinking?

Maybe this lack of discipline is why he has lost his starting place in the side – but it was both deliberate and stupid.

Kevin de Bruyne made no mistake from the spot-kick, sending Darlow the wrong way.

And then when we were 1-0 down in the second half more brilliance from Allan Saint-Maximin created a great chance for Dwight Gayle from six yards out but he hit the ball over the bar for an incredible miss.

A minute or so later it was Sterling who hit a superb drive past the impressive Newcastle number two goalkeeper Karl Darlow to put the game to bed.

It was disappointing for our fans.

Looking at the game on the negative side, we cannot make those mistakes against a top side like City.

Kevin de Bruyne scoring from penalty

But on the positive side, we held the star-filled Macnsheter City side for long stretches, and certainly, the will and effort was there from the lads.

We lacked some class in the side, which hopefully we can fix this summer.

It just was not to be, which is a pity because we would have played the up-and-down Arsenal side in the semi-finals and could have made the final.

But that’s all woulda coulda shoulda and means nothing.

It was not to be – and we were just not at our best or good enough last night.

But it’s nothing to get too upset about if we can get back on the winning track at Bournemouth on Wednesday night as the games are coming quick and fast.

Bournemouth seem too good a side to be in the regulation zone and it will be another tough game for us.

But it will be an opportunity for players like Federico Fernandez and Martin Dubravka to come back into the side and hopefully, we can keep a clean sheet.

Also, Steve Bruce was clear after the game about the takeover – it’s now getting a bit ridiculous and the Premier League need to make a decision.

If they turn the deal down, they should remember the team we played last night is owned by the Qatar Royal family who have poured billions into the side since their takeover back in August 2008.

It would be unfair for the Premier League to turn the Newcastle takeover down because of the politics going on between the two kingdoms of Qatar and Saudi Arabia

And if they do block the deal they will be accused of looking for a good reason (for over 11 weeks) to turn the deal down and break the hearts of thousands of Newcastle fans around the world.

Maybe there’s a disagreement at the top as to whether the deal should go through?

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45 comments so far

  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #41

    Yourrrrr first post was a continuation of last nights arguments about the fakeover how bad Bruce is and where’s the money gone.

    All argumentative points repetition after repetition
    Your like a more educated version of the frog.

    Why do you keep taking people for fools??

    Do you not think that people have made there own minds up about you all be themselves?

  • DaveD1000

    Jun 29, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #42


    do what you do mate it’s no skin off my nose. I actually find her jumping up and down screaming look at me quite funny

  • Mund

    Jun 29, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #43


    Haha fair play

    I wasn’t having a go or out mate just I’m one of those people who in life if I see someone taking the piss I’ll go over and say something. Don’t like people being treated like mugs

  • snowdone

    Jun 29, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #44

    I watched the game with my 97 year old father-in-law, Bill. He thought it was like a training game in the first half! On reflection, we should have been more adventurous with our formation from the start. City looked up for it, whilst we were supine. Almiron and ASM’s potency was negated by having to defend too deep and you are not going to run the length of the pitch against their high pressing tactics.
    Most of us are realistic enough to realise that new ownership will not build Rome in a day, but it will give us a platform to gradually return to the days of Robson and Keegan.

  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #45

    Kevin V

    Please, stop arguing, please stop provoking arguments.

    You’re killing this Blog to the point that even skim reading’s a chore!


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