Here on NUFC Blog I think it’s fair to say that we like to analyse our matches.
Win, lose or draw we generally have reports, stats, facts, interviews, highlights, reviews and Man of the Match votes on all matches, and this article is just a part of the above process.
First off we have some rather primitive highlights of the match against Aston Villa. I will endeavour to update these with better ones as and when they become available. Hopefully they’ll be longer ones that show our chances a bit better and don’t just focus mainly on Villa. Every attack Villa had must have been featured on these highlights, but here goes anyway.
If you really really really can’t wait for the highlights I’ve managed to find the full match highlights which you can download in two parts by following the two links below. As is the case when downloading anything though, please make sure that you take appropriate steps to check the files for anything nasty before starting them.
Next up we have the managerial interviews and reaction. Step forward Alan Pardew who has been speaking after the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. The general consensus is that is that he feels that Newcastle should have won the game. I agree with his assessment although I’m personally happy with the draw and the continuation of our unbeaten start to the season.
Meanwhile Alex McCleish has blamed injuries to some of his players for the result today, citing Stephen Warnock as an example of his case. You can hear what he said in full by watching the video below.
All in all a much better performance from our boys. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch but it was much improved on what we’ve seen in recent weeks. Alan Pardew deserves some credit for tinkering with his tactics from the QPR game to this one. He saw what was wrong and addressed it which is about as much as you can hope for really.
In terms of playing personnel there were some much improved performances from, well from most of them actually. Yohan Cabaye was brilliant yesterday and I have a sneaking suspicion that he will run away with the MOM vote which will be along shortly.
Stay tuned for more reaction and analysis.