“I’m a bit disappointed with our overall performance, we know that we individually can do more, and in the end it may have resulted in a team that was doing well, but not good enough against one of the best teams in the world,” Eddie Howe says to NUFC . TV.
The Newcastle boss was frustrated, as was the majority of St James’ Park, when Liverpool took the lead after James Milner blocked Fabian Scherr.
– Yes I think so. Of course Fabian was holding back, we needed a guy and that’s where the goal comes in. I didn’t see the interference again, I think it’s ok because it wasn’t looked at.
– They had chances, shots on goal, Martin made some good saves, but they didn’t cut our defense properly. There weren’t huge periods of pressure, but the frustration was on the other end because it was him. There was no permanent payment from us. Our chances were few and far between.
positive thing to pick up
The 44-year-old believes his side have come a long way since losing 1-3 at Anfield in December. Since then, only Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham have managed to beat an amateur team. Both January and February ended without losing the league.
– I think there are positive things to achieve. Defensively, I think we were strong again. Individually, we weren’t at our best today. And as I said before, I think that’s the frustration.
There are definitely things we’ve improved since the last time we played against them, but we know the process doesn’t stop. We have a lot of improvements we need to make in the squad to compete at Liverpool’s level.
Up to Liverpool’s level
Martin Dúbravka made nine saves, but progressing on the pitch, “The Magpies” struggled their artists to threaten Alisson Becker in the Liverpool cage.
Standing when there is only one goal between the two teams, you know it can take a moment for us to change that. We looked to our attacking players to give us that moment, but unfortunately, due to the good playing and defensive mentality of Liverpool, it never happened.
We have a long way to go to reach the best teams in the Premier League. We realize that. Our work starts now and continues to create a team that can win this type of match in the future, and we are working hard to make that happen.
The city the next day
Newcastle’s next league game is on Sunday 8 May, and once again they meet an opponent in the title hunt.
– I don’t know how our match program came to be like this, but the December rush was very difficult. We knew the end of the season would be the same. Now you want to travel to Manchester City and you know it will be difficult.
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