This was the day we wanted revenge for that humiliation – two humiliations really – of last season. Losing at home is always bad, and we did plenty of it last season. To lose at home after all the assertive pre-match talking up of our determination, our desire is worse. And to lose at home to Newcastle United, with an abject second half display that wouldn’t have threatened Hartlepool Reserves, is the stuff of despair. Steve Bruce e-mails us, and a few others, with his own post-debacle thoughts …
We’re massively disappointed.
The domination we had in the first half and the chances we created; we needed to score and take advantage of the opportunities we had and if you don’t score you don’t win a football match and we’ve been punished.
In this league, the way we dominated parts of the game, we should have taken those chances because you know that you’re not going to get the chance to keep producing them time after time.
That’s the disappointment that we’ve got. It was a sucker punch and we’ve been caught out by a free-kick that I think we should have done better with.
Set pieces are a big part of the game and we’ll have to work hard to ensure that we are a big threat at one end of the pitch and not susceptible at the other.
We huffed and puffed after they scored, which is obviously a frustration. We went down to 10 men and didn’t really get back to the flowing football that we had in the first half.
I was pleased with the first half performance, we needed to score a goal and unfortunately we didn’t and it’s cost us.
All the best,