In a second successive performance in which Newcastle were pummeled for much of the second half, manager Sam Allardyce has made it clear it’s the team’s defensive performance that let the side down.
Newcastle did get the first goal and it was a tremendous effort from Oba Martins, who controlled the ball beautifully between the two static City central defenders, and then coolly lobbed it over the advancing Hart. A good start but unfortunately it didn’t last.
Let’s see what happened after Oba’s goal and what Big Sam had to say after the game.
Sam Allardyce – must get Newcastle’s defensive play improved – heard that before?
After conceding the first goal City began to attack more freely and before the break had leveled with a sloppy goal the defense gave away to Petrov. The Bulgarian doesn’t miss too many chances, especially when offered up on a plate, like this one was. The second half was much like Tuesday night at the Emirates, when the opposition raised their game, scored twice, and we couldn’t live with them.
Are we really fit enough? We seemed to drop off the pace in the second half, and certainly lack pace both in midfield and at the back.
Big Sam told nufc.co.uk after the game:
“We committed defensive suicide.â€ “All our defenders have to do is clear the ball back up the pitch for Mpenza’s goal and we just didn’t.â€ “After that, they contained us and played on the break, which was exactly what I had asked my players to do.â€
“We got ourselves into a position to win the game thanks to Oba’s great goal and we could’ve won it if we had contained Man City.â€ “As it is their second goal less than two minutes after half-time has killed us because after that they have sat deep and made it hard for us.”
Newcastle will now need to improve on their away form following 3 successive away defeats, 6 goals conceded and only one scored.
Sam went on:
“Our away form has begun to slip a little.â€ “We won at Bolton on the first day of the season and then drew at Middlesbrough which was a game we should have won having led twice.â€
“But then we lost at Derby, Arsenal and now Manchester City so we’ve got to put it right.”
Our next home game next Sunday against Everton is now going to be a bit of a crunch game. Having suffered these two successive defeats, during which we were outplayed and beaten by better sides in Arsenal and Man City, a win will be desperately needed and anything less than that will only bring more doom to Tyneside.
There’s no doubt Sam will be under some pressure this coming week â€“ because we now have had two successive defeats so we must continue our good home form next Sunday. The next away game is at Reading on Saturday 27th October 3pm KO, but before that we have two home games. They are against Everton next Sunday, 7th October KO 3PM and then Tottenham on Monday 22nd October, KO 3pm.
Two wins and 6 points from these two home games will need to be the goal and a priority. Then we trust we can do a lot better at Reading, but they are always a tough team to play away.
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