Monsieur Salut was sitting in Pete Sixsmith’s seat today as our regular correspondent had travelled south to see his home town team try to get to the last eight of the FA Vase. But M Salut has one of these fancy internet phones and so was still on hand to receive the manager’s post match personal e-mail. Once more MON praises the players’ efforts and the fans’ backing but once again the team has nothing to show for it. Post match discussion on Radio Newcastle divided supporters into those who saw positives in the second half and those who reflected on the negative display witnessed in the first forty five minutes. Make up your own mind but here’s what the manager has to say.
It was a fantastic game of football.
The early chances at either end set the pattern for the rest of the game.
Arsenal are a fine side and they caused us a few problems – we tried to deal with them as best we could.
It was a fantastic effort by the team in the second half.
We couldn’t get the ball over the line, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.
It was a fantastic performance and I couldn’t ask for anything else from them.
The crowd were fantastic, they kept with us to the very end and we looked as we’d find the breakthrough at some stage but it wasn’t to be.
Obviously as we were pressing they had an opportunity or two to put the game beyond us – in that aspect we had a bit of luck, but at the other end we had none.
I think Simon Mignolet made some good saves for us and their goalkeeper was a tower for them in the second half.
That’s why Arsenal are playing Champions League football in the coming days and weeks; they’re a fine side with lots of pace.
They have a lot of very good players and they’ve added a bit of strength to their side too. They’re always formidable opponents.
I thought today we did just about everything to try and get a goal.
All the best,