Almost 12 months have gone by since a Newcastle side achieved a clean sheet on their travels and, with familiar failings again evident in Saturdayâ€™s demoralizing defeat at Reading, Newcastle captain Geremi is rightly concerned.
Newcastle looked a completely different side at Reading compared to the one that easily beat Tottenham on Monday night. If we are to be successful this season we cannot keep leaking these away goals and points.
Geremi – the Newcastle captain is worried about away form and leaky defense
Geremi told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œThe first thing we must do to improve our away form is to start keeping clean sheets,â€
â€œWe still havenâ€™t done that in an away game this season and itâ€™s always difficult to win when youâ€™re letting in goals.â€
Having dropped Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal after a dismal defensive display at Manchester City last month, Allardyce has deployed a back-line of four players he brought to St Jamesâ€™s Park this summer. The new back four for the last 3 games has been Habib Beye, Claudio CaÃ§apa, Abdoulaye Faye and Jose Enrique â€“ but problems still persist and the leaks continue.
â€œWe just need to be more focused,â€ â€œBoth goals were bad ones to concede and our concentration wasnâ€™t what it should have been.â€
â€œWe made some big mistakes and we canâ€™t afford to do that again. Itâ€™s a big disappointment because weâ€™ve been on a good run.â€
Newcastle havenâ€™t won away since August 11 â€“ the very first game of the season against Samâ€™s former club, Bolton Wanderers, when we won easily 3-1. Newcastle have just 4 points from their 5 away games compared with 13 points from the 5 games at St. Jamesâ€™ Park. We have some of the better teams in the league coming up with trips to Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea – so we need to get our defensive problems sorted before those games or else we could be taken to the cleaners.
â€œâ€œIt is disappointing, another example of us failing to perform in an away game,â€ â€œWe have to sort it out and stop making these mistakes because it is becoming a big problem.â€
â€œItâ€™s the fourth time weâ€™ve lost away and thatâ€™s far too much. Iâ€™m not sure whatâ€™s going wrong, but we have to find the problem and start winning these games. Thereâ€™s still a long way to go and lots of games to come. We just have to keep our chins up.â€
Saturday’s game in truth was a massive disappointment to Newcastle’s fans since we had looked so good against Tottenham. But we are probably expecting too much too quickly again. Our league position is not bad at all at 8th position with a game in hand on some of those above us.
Portsmouth have 2 points more than us on 19 points to our 17 points, so a win on Saturday will still have us nicely positioned in the league and above Portsmouth. So to put things in perspective – we didn’t play well at Reading but we are still doing well so early in the season. Let’s not get too carried away with one bad performance – even though our away form is a problem for us right now.
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