Arsenal vs Newcastle United – FA Cup 4th Round Postmortem

January 26 13:50 2008 Print This Article

We were canny good first half. We were toe to toe and for every attack they had we replied; we had a wee bit of menace in our endeavour.

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Duff was doing well down the left, I remember a one off the line from Duff, a cross from Milner flashing across the face of the goal with Owen close to it, Taylor with a freak free header. A canny team effort. We did fine going forward and Arsenal looked more pretty and clever than full-blooded threatening.

Then the second half started.

If Geremi’s legs have gone then Butt's are gone too today, while Duff was knackered after an hour. Our midfield disappeared and our defence again exposed couldn’t cope and was on the brink of comedy at times.

Better than of late but miles and miles and million and millions adrift and sub standard in defence, midfield and attack. This is only half time against a bigger, fitter and out of site better team than our lot.

Keegan believes his side are in need of a confidence boost after seeing his second game in charge ended in defeat as Arsenal picked up a 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium.

“In the first half we actually matched them and probably outplayed them,” Keegan told Sky Sports. “The challenge was to put 45 minutes on top of that. But we couldn't do that today.”

“In the second half there were some things that were not good enough. The biggest thing that is missing is confidence. It is the one thing that makes a player find that extra step.” He added more, “We have got to get the players thinking a little bit differently because I am different to Sam.”

Arsene Wenger said after the game that United's squad has gave his side a stern test at Emirates Stadium today and started very brightly and created some chances.

“It took us some time to take control of the game,” Wenger said as quoted from Sky Sports. “It was not easy at all. Kevin brought them here with drive going forward and belief in what they do. They were dangerous. We have learnt you need to be top class to beat Newcastle at the moment.”

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