The Shearer response from the Newcastle players yesterday just wasn’t good enough and the team went down at home for the 3rd time in a row, this time to Chelsea by 2-0.
No magic yesterday from our new management team
Newcastle played well in the first 45 minutes and at least held the Chelsea side to just a single chance.
But then after the London side got their first goal through Frank Lampard after 56 minutes, the game seemed so similar to the previous defeat against Arsenal, and the Newcastle side in all reality doesn’t look up to the task of keeping Newcastle in the Premier League.
It was a poor goal to concede as was Chelsea’s second through Florent Malouda, and both times Argentine center-back Fabricio Coloccini seemed at fault, and will probably be dropped for the visit to Stoke City next Saturday.
And it was Stoke who won their first away game of the season at WBA, with a nice 2-0 win, and would you believe they are now 6 points clear of Newcastle, and have a rather awesome home record this season, so it will be very tough next Saturday, given the poor form and lack of guts our lads are showing right now.
If we are to stay up it looks like we will need to rely on the ineptitude of other teams, but Blackburn seemed dead and buried at 1-0 down at home to Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, but then magically got all 3 points with 2 goals in the last 8 minutes.
So it looks like other teams are starting to wake up, and now all three North East teams are in the bottom four, with Sunderland 3 points ahead of Newcastle with a better goal difference, so we are essentially now 4 points from safety. We started the game 2 points from safety but of ocurse with each defeat our goal difference gets worse.
We just didn’t deserve anything out of the game yesterday, and if we cannot beat Stoke next Saturday things will start to look bleak indeed for Newcastle, and the nightmare of all nightmares is now looking more and more possible with each game.
When the team can only get 4 draws and a single win in the last 13 league games, you deserve to be relegated – it’s really as simple as that.
We need players with guts and pride, and not enough of them were on the field yesterday for Newcastle.