It's interesting that we are being credited with a good defensive display last night, even by Wenger, although I personally thought our defending in the 1st half was dreadful with only poor final balls and finishing by Arsenal keeping us level.
Santon was literally all over the place, and not even Jonas's efforts down the right were good enough to contain Sagna and Walcott. Santon's defending is looking increasingly dodgy. Accordingly, Colo was pulled all …
A tough game, and one we were perhaps fortunate to take 3 points from. However, the bottom line is we wanted it more than Villa, and ground out another creditable victory by dint of hard work and togetherness.
We've had better football teams over the years, but there is much to admire about this team. We struggled in the 1st half. Imho, this was once again largely down to our apparent inability to deal with …
First half was absolute rubbish by us. They played some decent stuff but were chasing and harrying us like madmen. The first goal came down our right hand side – no one stopped the cross and the finish was decent.
Ba then hit the post when he made a decent chance for himself. He spent all the first half playing up front on his own. I assume Ben Arfa was supposed to be the support …
These are the positives as I see them (about Newcastle United). You could add in that Tiote and Coloccini weren't sold, but I think that's best not considered a plus even though we all know it is. Go on then, hammer me.
Yohan Cabaye: He looks like an exceptional player. Alongside Tiote and Ben Arfa he could do some real damage.
Davide Santon: An imaginative signing. Credit where it is due, this player has the …
My frustration is that this perhaps the 3rd time under Ashley that we have been close to getting it right (that's term is interpretive, I realise) but failed to nail it at the end of the day.
The spirit in the squad appears to have survived the loss of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique. This was my major concern, and to be honest speaks volumes for the way Alan Pardew is …