Newcastle dropped a lot deeper into relegation trouble when they lost to Arsenal 3-1 this afternoon at St. James’ Park, and now have just a single win in their last 14 games.
Newcastle were in the game in the first half, and after an opening 23 minutes in which nothing much happened, referee Mark Halsey did his best to help Newcastle as he gave a rather penalty to Newcastle, right out of the blue.
It seemed fairly tame stuff for a penalty after goalkeeper Almunia seemed to impede Ryan Taylor. It came out of nothing, but lo and behold Martins’ spot kick was just to the left of Alumnia, who saved with ease.
A gift was given to the team and we couldn’t even accept it, and it was a terrible miss by Martins, given the circumstances, and if we couldn’t even score from a dubious penalty, we knew it was going to be a tough afternoon, and so it proved to be.
Things were OK for almost an hour, but then Arsenal scored their first goal when 21 year-old Bendtner rose high to head past a helpless Steve Harper and we were behind.
But within a minute Newcastle were level, and it was a bad mistake from Gallas that let in Martins, who scored from 12 yards out, for his first goal since coming back.
But then 2 goals from the Gunners in just 3 minutes saw Newcastle off. The first one was after 64 minutes when Abou Diaby easily went past the Newcastle defense, with the help of Robin Van Persie, and smashed the ball high into the roof of the net, from just 12 yards.
The just 3 minutes later, Van Persie again made the goal, as he played in Samir Nasri, who controlled the ball well before shooting home from just 10 yards out. During the last 25 minutes it was Arsenal if anybody, who were going to add to their lead.
This was another lethargic performance from Newcastle, which was just not good enough, and if there are not serious and frantic meetings going on at the Tyneside club thsi weekend, on how to arrest this unbelievable run of poor form – there should be. We’re in extremely serious relegation trouble now, make no mistake about that.
We will likely also lose to Chelsea in 2 weeks, if something doesn’t happen soon, and then we’ll be in even more trouble – and it’s just not right to expect Joe Kinnear to come back into the hot oven, which is Newcastle right now, to try to fix it.
Mike Ashley needs to get in an experienced manager to inspire the players, because it’s obvious they cannot inspire themselves. They are hardly getting the job done, whatever positive interviews and the like they are giving to the press, before each game.
It also looks like Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood just cannot hack it – and that’s the truth – you just have to look at the facts – in the 10 games Chris has been in charge of Newcastle this year we have lost 8 and drawn 2.
Facts don’t lie.
We are now 3rd bottom, and 2 points behind the 4th bottom placed side, Blackburn Rovers, and our goal difference is steadily getting worse.
On a day which saw Tottenham, Portsmouth and Tottenham gain 3 points, and Blackburn, Bolton and WBA get a point we got none, and things are looking bleak indeed, with just 8 games left.
Newcastle are in deep trouble and could even now be one of the favorites for the drop – and with just 7 points from our last 12 league games, what else should we expect?
We would like to see Ashley get in an experienced manager right now, so he can work with the players before the Chelsea game, because with Chris Hughton in charge of the last 5 games we have just 2 points, although that’s 2 points better than his first 5 games in charge at the beginning of the season, before Joe Kinnear came in.
Mike Ashley is playing with fire, and the club is starting to get badly burned.
And let’s not even discuss possible transfer targets in the summer, because if there’s no vast improvement very soon, we can expect Coloccini, Gutierrez, Martins, Owen and others to leave in the summer, and we’ll be building a squad for the Championship come the end of May.
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt (c), Kevin Nolan, Damien Duff, Ryan Taylor, Peter Lovenkrands, Oba Martins
Subs: Tim Krul, Habib Beye, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen, Geremi
Arsenal: Manuel Almunia, Abou Diaby, Bacary Sagna, Kolo Toure (c), Samir Nasri, William Gallas, Robin Van Persie, Denilson, Gael Clichy, Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner
Subs: Carlos Vela, Alexandre Song, Johan Djourou, Lukasz Fabianski, Emmanuel Eboue, Eduardo, Kieran Gibbs