Wenger: 'We never found the second gear'

Last updated : 07 November 2010 By Chris Parry

"We were never in full flow, but we played against a good Newcastle team who are a team of men, strong physically, mature."

"We did not look sharp and we never found any sharpness. We never found the second gear. Overall, though, I still believe we were very unlucky to lose the game, they had one shot on target.

"We hit the woodwork two or three times and their keeper made a very good save."

"Fabianski didn't have a lot to do and I think he was a bit too confident to take this ball. It was not a technical mistake, it was a problem of timing and he thought maybe he wouldn't be challenged."

"Home form is a concern because against Birmingham and West Ham they were struggling wins. Everybody comes here and plays very tight. When you score the first goal it is all right because teams have to come out, but as long as they can sit deep we have a problem to play through when we are not on full power."