There very worst thing about yesterday’s rather devastating defeat at Blackburn was after the very dubious penalty Newcastle conceded, there was only going to be one winner in the game, and it wasn’t going to be Newcastle.
Jose Enrique – arguing with Barton after 3rd goal conceded
One of the things that Newcastle have always been so far been under Joe Kinnear is a good fighting team with lots of spirit, but that went missing in the second half yesterday.
And then after the 3rd goal Michael Owen and Shay Given had to drag Joey Barton off Jose Enrique, as the two of them were arguing about the goal. We’ll put that down to frustration but we really don’t want to see our players arguing on the pitch.
Shades of Lee Bowyer and Kieran Dyer under Graeme Souness, in an event that a few years back was shown on TV around the world, and hardly improved the image of the Newcastle United club.
Joey Barton made a surprisingly quick return to the team yesterday, which was some good news, but it was a disappointing result yesterday, to say the very least, especially after a good first half performance.
But we cannot start losing like this to the other relegation teams – a win would have seen us 8 points ahead of Blackburn Rovers, but now they are just 2 points behind us and improved their goal difference on us significantly.
We now have 10 days off before our next game at Eastlands, against an improved Manchester City side, and that’s good because we’ll be able to give some of our players a rest – apparently Gutierrez had picked up a tight hamstring during the week – and hopefully we’ll get some new players into the squad by then, starting early next week.
If Mike Ashley and company are not now convinced that we need at least 5 new players through the door in January, nothing will ever convince them that the squad is just not big enough, and right now – certainly not good enough for the Premier League.