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Posted 20 August 2012 10:48pm
Andre Villas-Boas was particularly pleased with our defensive organisation at Newcastle.
The home side created few clear-cut opportunities in the 90 minutes and we were undone by a moment of magic from Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa’s late penalty in a 2-1 opening day defeat in the Premier League.
We struck the woodwork twice with the scoreline goalless and recovered from Ba’s strike to level through Jermain Defoe in the 76th minute.
But any thoughts of perhaps going on to win the game were quickly dissolved when Ben Arfa won and then slotted home the penalty 10 minutes from time.
Asked what had impressed him about the display, Andre said: “First of all the concentration, the communication between the players and the consistency we showed defensively during the 90 minutes, where we stayed organised.
“You find it hard to think about Newcastle’s opportunities, and you remember our opportunities when we hit the post and the bar.
“It was a pity we didn’t hold on to the momentum of 1-1 for a longer time, because the boys deserved to get something out of this game.
“The team has to continue trying to do this for the next games and if that happens, it’s important for us to then take three points at home.”