Newcastle conceded four goals today for the first time this season, and suffered their 5th defeat of the season, and a depressing run of just one win in their last 6 games, as WBA beat the Magpies 4-2 at the Hawthorns this afternoon.
The score-line was not a true representation of the game, but hey goals are what count, and WBA probably deservedly to go through to the next round, but Newcastle have a number of injuries and a suspension coming out of this game, to worry the Newcastle fans even more.
With Steven Taylor worryingly rumored to be out for the season, because of ruptured knee ligaments, the last thing we wanted is more injuries, and we got one today, as Shola Ameoi had to leave the field with a shoulder injury.
In the first half WBA took a two goal lead.
The first goal after 17 minutes was controversial, to say the least, when Jonas Olsson hit a header towards goal from a corner, but Jose Enrique chested the ball to prevent the goal – but would you believe it, the linesman flagged for a goal – and it was given. It certainly didn’t appear to have fully crossed the line.
And then on 31 minutes Tamas Kadar got on the wrong side of Roman Bednar and Bednar fell down, and yes the referee awarded a rather controversial penalty. Graham Dorrans easily beat Tim Krul from the penalty spot, and it was 2-0 to WBA. This is the kind of mistake you make – and hopefully learn from – when you are playing your trade at just 19 years of age.
Newcastle came out fighting in the second half, and on 61 minutes Jonas Gutierrez put over a perfect cross and Andy Carroll, hit it on the volley from 12 yards out and into the net – a wonderful strike from the Gateshead-born striker.
It was game on at 2-1.
Then on 69 minutes, Newcastle could so easily have had a penalty when Shola Ameobi went down in the penalty area, for what looked like a penalty, but it wasn’t given.
But then play moved quickly to the other end of the field, with Ameobi still down injured, and Jerome Thomas was tugged down by Ryan Taylor in the penalty area, and would you believe it – the referee gave a penalty and sent Taylor off. Ouch!
The referee must have had a bet on WBA winning this game with two dubious penalties given against the Magpies.
The Newcastle players and management were furious, and rightly so, but it was 3-1 with ten men and only 20 minutes to go – and it looked game over – and it was when WBA got their 4th goal when a deflected shot went right into the path of Jerome Thomas who easily stabbed the ball into the empty net, just 4 minutes later.
And to make matters worse, the shoulder injury sustained by Ameobi in the earlier incident, that led to Ryan Taylor being sent off, forced the Geordie striker to leave the pitch after 80 minutes, and young Nile Ranger came on as his replacement.
But then in added time, Andy Carroll burst through three WBA defenders and hit the ball beyond goalkeeper Scott Carson – for his second great goal of the game. What a strike!
There were no doubt a lot of hard luck stories for Newcastle in this game.
We had a man sent off, had Ameobi injured – we hope it’s not his the same shoulder he had surgery on a year or so ago – and we had two controversial penalties given against us – a dubious first goal conceded – and one appeal for a penalty denied. Yes another run of the mill game for the Newcastle United Football club. 😀
And in the last 6 games we have one defeat, just a single win and 4 draws.
Let’s not get too upset about this game – other than to get very serious in bringing in new players to our paper-thin squad. And funnily enough we expect the club to bring in new players within the next 7 days – we’ll have to wait and see if that happens.
But one thing is for certain – we must put this game behind us quyickly – and start with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night – and get back to our winning ways, and back on track for promotion – which after all, has always been job number one this season.
Howay The Lads!!