The inept performances of Newcastle United since December 15th, when we last won in the Premier League, have come as a total shock to most Newcastle fans. Not that the performances before that were too much better.
Chris Mort – Newcastle Chairman looked depressed yesterday
As we keep pointing out, our form over the last 10 league games has been catastrophically bad, and we have lost 7 of those games and not won any.
And our performance even that day at Craven Cottage, to be truthful was awful, but we got a 92nd minute penalty that Joey Barton slammed home. We havenâ€™t seen a league win since.
Yet if the squads in the Premier League were rated weâ€™d be in the top half â€“ easily.
So why is it that we see the type of performances from the lads in our last 2 league games, when weâ€™ve been walloped 4-1 and 6-1. We remember last season when Harry Redknapp criticized Glenn Roeder for not having more points on the board, with the good squad of players he had.
Since then the squad is supposed to have been strengthened with the acquisition of 9 players in the summer.
Itâ€™s a mystery to us that apart from Bobby Robsonâ€™s rein, Newcastle players have continued to under-perform for the club. We thought when Sam Allardyce came in he would be able to get the best out of our squad, because he was an excellent motivator, but even Big Sam struggled and Kevin Keegan struggling right now.
Weâ€™re all in this together but the players have to look at themselves and start showing some courage and guts so we can get out of the mess weâ€™re in right now.
We noticed in the TV shots in the second half Mike Ashley and Chris Mort sitting together, and it looked like Chris was not too happy. It even looked like Mike was trying to cheer Chris up, after another demolition at the hands of Manchester United. Yesterday’s performance and result is exactly what we didn’t want to see.
Relegation this season would be just a complete and utter nightmare for the club. Let’s hope we can turn this thing around, and next week’s game at home to Blackburn will be so important. We need at the very least a draw, but this is a game we could win too. A win would be manna from heaven.
The Newcastle fans yesterday were great – it’s easy to support a team when they win all the time. But true supporters support the team when it isn’t winning – that’s the real test. And boy Newcastle United have not been winners for 40 years and still 42,00 fans turn up for every home game.
Such magnificent support and such woeful performances – what a contrast.
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