Sam Allardyce Newcastle side were torn apart for the second time in a week by their Manchester hosts in the second half on Saturday.
It’s getting to be a bit painful to watch as Newcastle’s midfield and defense don’t seem to have the pace or the skill to deal with fast-flowing technically good sides like Arsenal and Manchester City.
Habib Beye – you have to be able to win away to do well in the league
That’s something we trust Big Sam has already seen as a weakness we have in the team.. We think only possibly David Rozehnal of the back four played up to his potential on Saturday. The midfield just didn’t help out enough in defense and you can never accuse Nicky Butt or Geremi of being super fast. Of course, we still have Cacapa, Faye and Enrique we can bring into the defense and Sam may want to experiment if the defense continues to perform as it has in the last 3 successive away defeats.
Even after taking the lead at Manchester, like we did at Middlesbrough, we couldn’t hold onto the lead for very long. That’s what we need to do in the future because with players like Martins. Owen and Viduka we should always be able to score goals.
Habib Beye is one of Sam’s imports who seems to be able to hold down a regular spot at right back and he’s an experienced leader on the side. This is what Beye had to say this morning about the game:
“We are really disappointed because we were first to score, but after Oba had scored we made a lot of mistakes, which helped them to win the game.â€ “Manchester City are a good team, and they were at home, so it was difficult enough.â€ “It was difficult to come back after Mpenza’s goal, which put them 2-1 up.â€
“To concede a goal (like that) makes life hard, and it gave them a lot of confidence. It made it difficult to come back.â€ “Psychologically, they scored at great times to win a game. It was good for them to score just after half-time.”
“Oba’s goal was a good finish. It was great pass from Geremi, but we were disappointing after that.â€ “Sometimes it’s difficult to win away, but that’s what you have to do finish in a good place.”
Habib’s right about needing to win away to do well in the league. We did everything right until we scored the goal and then just weren’t good enough to hold onto the lead. We still need to get a lot better but we need some time to gel. Then in a few months hopefully these games will end in a 1-0 away win – like Manchester United have been doing lately. That’s good enough, but we still need to get tougher and meaner in defense as one of our next steps.
Comments always very welcome.