Newcastle 2 - 0 Forest
29/03/10 19:45 Category: Championship
No real complaints over the result, Newcastle probably just edged the game but we contributed to a decent game which turned on the opening goal. If we’d nicked a goal at the start of the second half, we might have seen a repeat of the West Brom performance but we failed to score when playing well and suffered as a result.
Having looked pretty comfortable for an hour, we conceded a really unlucky goal and the game slipped away from us. Cohen’s square pass hit Majewski’s heal and fell nicely for Ameobi to score with a scuffed shot through Perch’s legs into the bottom corner.
Tiredness and injury saw the withdrawal of Tyson, Majewski and Blackstock and we looked half the team as McCleary, Earnshaw and McGoldrick barely contributed.
Unfortunately, once the opening goal had been conceded we never looked like getting back into the game and it was no surprise when they killed off the game in injury time with another classy finish. Credit to our travelling fans - very few left after the second goal, despite the long journey home, to applaud the team off after a creditable performance.
This left us with a very similar feeling to most of the other recent away defeats. We didn’t make the most of the opportunities came our way, gave away goals that could have been prevented and lacked a little bit of support from the officials. A couple of over the top challenges didn’t receive the punishment they deserved whilst we had more reasonable penalty shouts turned down.
Defensively we looked pretty solid with MOTM Perch having an outstanding first half and another decent performance after the break. The current setup with him at right back and Gunter at left back looks like our best option despite losing the obvious attacking prowess of the latter on his natural side.
In midfield, we found space going forwards and looked dangerous on the break, however too often we lacked that clinical pass when we looked like threatening. We contained them pretty well for the first half and then had a real go after the break. Blackstock swung and missed and then lacked a little composure with another chance. Tyson’s free header was probably the best chance and he should have done much better than tamely find their keeper.
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