Writer: Ross Molyneux
Date:Friday March 9 2007
"It's frustrating saving the penalty, and them still scoring. Scott Parker got a terrific challenge in, and I felt we were going to get the ball away, but it's ricocheted to the guy behind, and he's scored. It's frustrating, but there's not much you can do when that happens. However, I felt it was a very harsh decision. I was 10 yards away, and I've seen the replay as well. Steven has got his hand down the side of his body - it was ball to hand. The second goal gave them a bit of a lifeline. They didn't have too many chances in the whole game, to be honest, but they got two away goals and they'll be pretty positive about that. The second half was a bit of an anti-climax as we didn't score any goals. Oba Martins had a chance to get his hat-trick, and had it been 5-2 it would probably have been game, set and match.'
"We were very flat against Middlesbrough at the weekend, and the manager just said to go out full steam ahead and get at them. Middlesbrough came here looking for a point, and they made it extremely difficult for us. But Alkmaar came to get away goals, and that resulted in us scoring a few goals ourselves. You just have to look at their last game against Fenerbahce, which was 5-5 on aggregate. We know they're a team that are good going forward, and struggling at the back. They showed that they are going to cause us a few problems over there.
It's very disappointing how they scored their second goal - we don't think it was a penalty. Shay Given saved it and then Scott Parker made an unbelievable tackle, but it still ended up in the back of the net. It wasn't to be, and straight after their penalty Oba's had an unbelievable chance. I was there for a tap-in, but obviously he's a striker and he was going for his hat-trick and you can't really knock him. It would have been very pleasing to go there with a three-goal cushion, but we'd have taken that before the game started. To be three goals up was a fantastic start, but all credit to them. They showed their fighting qualities and got back into the game.'
"We are strong enough to finish the tie off and get through to the last eight. We have scored four times in the first leg. Then that gives us plenty of belief to score in the second leg too. Even if we score at least one goal it will make it even more difficult for them in the second leg. We have done well in the UEFA Cup and we want to keep that going. I am not surprised Alkmaar play such good football with Louis van Gaal in charge. He is a good manager and has managed Ajax and Barcelona so we have to be wary for the second leg. However, I still think we can do well.'
Date:Friday March 9 2007
Mbiwa Allowed To Go Despite Shortage (Monday September 1 2014)
Transfer Deadline Day Live Blog (Monday September 1 2014)
Having Watched..... (Sunday August 31 2014)
NUFC v Crystal Palace Match Analysis (Saturday August 30 2014)
Call Ups Cause Commotion (Thursday August 28 2014)
Ignore Loic Remy Talk (Thursday August 28 2014)
NUFC Cup Date At The Palace (Wednesday August 27 2014)
A Win But Must Do Better (Wednesday August 27 2014)
Ben Arfa Back But For How Long? (Monday August 25 2014)
Pardew Wants 10 Games But 2 Games Is Enough (Sunday August 24 2014)
|14. Man Utd||3||0||2||1||-1||2|
|15. Leicester City||3||0||2||1||-2||2|
|19. Crystal Palace||3||0||1||2||-3||1|
|Doyle Beats The Clock, Murray Out On Loan
» Crystal Palace : 01/09/2014 23:58:00
|Mbiwa Allowed To Go Despite Shortage
» Newcastle : 01/09/2014 23:35:00
|Two Further Loans Confirmed
» Southampton : 01/09/2014 23:27:00
|Huws Joins Wigan - Valencia Confirm Negredo
» Man City : 01/09/2014 23:15:00
|Kranjcar Returns To QPR
» Q.P.R. : 01/09/2014 23:11:00