Brad looks on bright side
Brad Friedel was left to reflect on positives rather than negatives from our opening weekend performance against Newcastle.
The goalkeeper was barely tested at the Sports Direct Arena but was still, frustratingly, beaten twice - a fine strike from Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa’s penalty securing Newcastle’s 2-1 victory.
“I don’t think we played too badly and were the better team for the vast majority of the game,” said Brad after his 305th consecutive start in the Premier League.
“We hit the post and the crossbar in the first half and I thought once we scored that we would be on top for the last 15 minutes or so. That might have been the case but for the penalty.
“It wasn’t a good time to concede. Is there ever? Probably not, and that took the wind out of our sails. That got their crowd going again and got them over the finish line.
“Newcastle isn’t an easy place to play and I thought we controlled the game.
“We had the chances, at half-time we were unlucky not to be ahead, so there are plenty of positives to take away and now we look forward to two home games.”
We take on West Brom at the Lane on Saturday before hosting Norwich City on Saturday week, September 1.