Sam Allardyce must be wincing today at the schoolboy errors his defense made in the first 11 minutes yesterday against Portsmouth to go 3-0 down.
Add to this that Newcastle were unbeaten at home and you get some measure of the catastrophe that happened yesterday.
With new owner Mike Ashley in attendance as usual, he was not impressed with another woeful display from Newcastle, and Big Sam will have his work cut out this week before the team meets old rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce – Newcastle’s defense in the first 11 minutes was almost non-existent
Sam did speak after the game and said:
“I can’t cut out the basic errors that were made,” “When it boils down to two basic errors like it did, there is very little as a manager you can do.â€
â€œYou can work as hard as you want in the week and put as much into your players and look forward to playing at home. But it was destroyed in 12 minutes.â€
“When you go 1-0 down, you make sure it is not two, but because of basic errors we gifted them two more. I have experienced Premiership players out there and they didn’t use it against a very good side. We were our own worst enemy.â€
It’s not easy to pick out too many players who had good games for Newcastle yesterday. We thought Steven Taylor showed his usual guts in playing quite well at right back and his enthusiasm is needed right now in the Newcastle team. Rozehnal also had a steady game after replacing the sad Claudio Cacapa.
What happens now to Cacapa is anybodyâ€™s guess. He looked a forlorn figure as he trudged off the field knowing only too well he had cost Newcastle two goals. But Cacapa’s played well in the past, so whether it was lack of concentration is hard to work out. Claudio will be in the dumps for a day or two but he can still come back – we still think he’s a good player. But he just cannot make mistakes like he did yesterday in the Premier league.
But nowâ€™s not the time to bail out of supporting the team and manager Sam Allardyce. It’s just too easy to point the finger at Sam. We have to hope that Sam and his staff can bring about a change, especially in defense. But it must happen quickly – we cannot get too far behind the top 6, not this season. After yesterdayâ€™s performance you have to believe teams are going to go full pelt at Newcastle from the very first whistle, hoping for more defensive errors.
Sam and his staff have to curtail this drop in form quickly. Anything now but a win at Sunderland will sink us deeper into the quagmire of mediocrity. And that’s just not good enough at the new Newcastle.