Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe felt his side struggled to keep their emotions in check in their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in a brilliant atmosphere at St. James’ Park. The Toon head coach admitted the visitors responded better to VAR overturning a Magpies penalty and former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe admits it’s not always easy.
The atmosphere on home soil has been one of the main driving factors behind Newcastle’s high octane football this season, epitomised in the lightening start in the 6-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. However, it was the title challengers who puffed their chest out on Tyneside, winning where Manchester City could not.
Defoe told Match of The Day: “Sometimes it’s not easy to control your emotions. I think for the home team, if anything, there’s more pressure.
“As the away team, you go there and as players these are the stadium’s you want to play in. Jorginho said it in his post match interview about being a kid and if you’re scared to play in that sort of environment, then you’re in the wrong game.
“It does lift you as a player and like he said, these stadiums are the ones you want to play in.”
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