It was just an awful display by Newcastle United last night but what did we learn for Sunday’s game against West Ham United?
Let’s take a look.
- The team basically didn’t turn up for the game so that’s the first thing that needs to be fixed for Sunday’s home game against West Ham United. Newcastle were second to almost every 50-50 ball and we just know that wouldn’t have been the case if we had been playing a top team like Chelsea or Manchester United. That needs to be fixed and will be by Sunday. We think some of it may even have been down to over-confidence, which you’d never expect from a Sam Allardyce team.
- We lacked ideas and creativity. Yes, we are missing Joey Barton and Emre who are our two best creative central midfield players but Geremi and Butt are too alike in their play. Maybe we can use young N’Zogbia in central midfield on Sunday and play Enrique at left back â€“ but if he’s not available play Steven Taylor there and Beye at right -back who was only on 15 minutes but looked what he is last night. A no nonsense vastly experienced player. We need to play Habib. It may also be that our captain Geremi is rested for the next game since he didn’t have a good game last night and gave the ball away far too much.
- Ameobi looked just hopeless last night. He couldn’t seem to control the ball at all and any more of these performances and he’ll not have much time left to prove himself at Newcastle. Strange as it may seem we missed Viduka last night because he’s at least a good target man which Shola wasn’t last night. Maybe we can play Smith up front with Owen on Sunday but we think Sam has to change some things around in the team.
- The defense looked uncertain at times last night and even Cacapa and Rozehnal didn’t look as good as usual. But we think the back four for the next game should be
Beye Cacapa Rozehnal Taylor
This will free Charles N’Zogbia up to play either central midfield or left wing against West Ham to add some creativity to the team. A huge improvement is needed both in effort and skill for Sunday’s home game against West Ham.
- We shouldn’t over-react to this first poor performance and as Sam has said in the past we need to support the team all the way at St. James’ Park. Whatever happens against West Ham Uited the fans at the game must support the team. It’s one bad performance last night but we still have a good season in front of us – let’s keep supporting the players big time 😀