Last night was a game that Newcastle fans had feared, before the start of the season, that would be all too familiar in our first season in the Championship
Andy Carroll – good goal in Newcastle’s poor display last night
That was a team, very reminiscent of last season, who just didn’t bother to turn up on the night, and were beaten by a side more committed to work their socks off, than the overpaid Newcastle “stars.”
Newcastle will be a target this season in every game they play – especially away from home – and the team will start losing precious poiints if they perform like they did like last night too many times.
It’s just not good enough, and too much like the pathetic Newcastle opf last season, which we’d like to forget about.
Chris Hughton said after the game:
“We are massively disappointed, over 90 minutes we can have no complaints. Certainly in the first half they were better than us in most departments. It’s not what we’ve been used to seeing from our side in these previous games. “
“They played very well, they ran off us, scrapped and fought and we found it difficult to get close to them. We were better in the second half but we weren’t good enough.”
But Hughton also needs to keep things in perspective, since this is the first time the lads having not got the job done this season.
Hughton has rightly urged fans not to become too despondent, as he insisted the players will bounce back against Plymouth on Saturday
“We have to re-group, this is a setback. We were poor in the first half but we were better in the second half and finished strongly. The only thing we can do is regroup for Saturday and another big game.”
“We’ve spoken abut the position we are in. We’re there to be knocked down, we’re a big scalp wherever we go and we have to cope with that.”
“But we have to keep things in perspective. This is probably our only major down this season so far, so we can’t allow ourselves to get carried away.”
“We will analyse why it wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be. We got a response in the second half and we will expect another one against Plymouth.”
Plymouth are rock bottom of the League on just two points, with the worst goal difference in the league, so if we cannot win on Saturday and get right back on track, we’ll be in trouble.
We cannot help thinking that Alan Smith was crucial to last night’s defeat – simply because he didn’t play.
Smith served his one match ban for his sending off against Cardiff last Saturday, but Nicky Butt, starting his first game of the season,didn’t have a particularly influential game, and surely Smith is now the number one defensive midfielder at Newcastle this season.
We should also make Alan the permanent captain, so we don;t play too many games like last night, and it would be surprise if Alan doesn’t start on Saturday.
By the way Cardiff beat Reading away last night, and are now just one place and 3 points behind Newcastle.