Match highlights of the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City yesterday for you all to recall now, featuring a brace from Yaya Toure which sealed the points for Roberto Mancini’s men.
I’m not usually a fan of watching highlights again after we’ve lost, but I’ve seen enough to warrant having another look at them. At the end of the day quality showed and that is what hurt us. You can’t knock the effort or commitment from the players though and we could have snatched a draw but for a lack of luck before being pipped on the break.
Alas it wasn’t to be and we lost to the Champions in waiting. No shame in that at all, and the 50,000 Newcastle fans who stayed behind at the final whistle seem to agree with that judgement.
Amazingly we still have a shot at qualifying for the Champions League in our final game of the season. Ask ANY NUFC fan if they expected that at the start of the season and the answer will be no. If it isn’t then they just spout rubbish in fairness!
Admittedly the odds have been lengthened now, but with Tottenham and Arsenal only managing draws we are left in a position to capitalise providing we win at Goodison Park and, Arsenal lose at West Brom and Tottenham fail to win at home against. That would be enough for third, but even if one of them happened we’d be in fourth with a chance of qualifying for the Champions League depending on the result of the final.
For any of that to matter though we must win at Everton. It won’t be easy and I won’t be gutted if we don’t providing we give it 100% effort again. Remember whatever happens now, we’re in Europe – Guaranteed!
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