In a disappointing first half for Newcastle United at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke went in at the interval one goal ahead.
And just to rub it in, it was former Newcastle player Abdoulaye Faye, who scored directly from a corner, with a well placed header. He also scored the equalizer in the 2-2 draw at St. James’ Park earlier in the season.
As expected Newcastle had to undergo an aerial attack form Stoke in the first half, and while not playing well, they managed to hold out before Faye got in his free header after 33 minutes.
Since it was from a set piece that has to be disappointing to Newcastle coaches Dowie and Shearer.
Bassong and Beye are having solid games in central defense, but going forward Newcastle have not been able to string a couple of passes together and they seem to lack drive and confidence. Certainly Owen and Butt need to step up and take some responsibility for the side.
A goal could change things quickly, but Newcastle will need to get one early in the second half, because a defeat today and we will in all likelihood face relegation with both side below us picking up points this afternoon.
And Middlesbrough even won a game, when they beat Hull 3-1 at the Riverside, to move above us in the league, so if nothing changes in the final 45 minutes, we will be second bottom of the league and still 3 points from safety. Would you believe it?
Let’s hope Shearer gives the players a real roasting at half time – they deserve it.
Can we not score goals anymore?