The game was fairly even in the first half, and Birmingham City went closest to scoring several times in the first 30 minutes, before going ahead.
Then in the 33rd minute James McFadden put Birmingham ahead and yes – it was terrible defending again from Newcastle United.
It was appropriate that Birmingham’s most dangerous striker James McFadden scored, and he made it look so easy.
A fairly innocuous cross came in from the left to McFadden, and the Scot then beat Faye far too easily and put the ball casually past Steve Harper, giving the Newcastle goalkeeper no chance. It was clear that Harper was furious with the goal, another bad one to give away by Newcastle’s defense.
And so we were down again in a game through a defensive error. Having scored only 3 goals in 8 games we’ll have to score two now to win. After the goal Keegan continued to look grim in the dugout.
One goal down away from home (again), and weâ€™ll have to see how we can fight back in a game we just can’t lose. But it will take a lot more than Newcastle showed in the first half to get anything out of this game and a defeat will put Birmingham above us in the league. It’s not looking too good for us at half time.
In the first half itâ€™s been fairly even but Birmingham have not given us any chances through mistakes, which cannot be said for the Newcastle defense. But the Birmingham side shaded the first half and created a lot more chances than Newcastle. In fact we can’t remember a chance Newcastle created in the first 45 minutes.
The midlands side have looked a lot more dangerous in attack too, which is a little worrying.
Another disturbing aspect in the first half is that Birmingham are much sharper than Newcastle, and the Magpies have had only one shot at goal, and that was a 30 yard speculative shot over the bar from Owen.
The final 45 minutes will be a test of Newcastleâ€™s character and courage, but we have to say things are not looking good for Newcastle.
We need some men in black and white stripes to stand up and be counted in the second half, otherwise this will be yet another defeat.
Where’s the fight?Â Where’s the passion?Â Where’s the guts?Â Where’s the pride?Â Where’s the goals?Â Â We look a very sterile team and we have to wonder what’s going on at the club, because this is turning into a disaster – a real disaster for Tyneside.
If we lose this game relegation will start to look a probability rather than a possibility, but we still have 45 minutes to turn this game around.