Yesterday’s defeat was a first for a number of different reasons.
Chris Hughton – can still pull off the Miracle On The Tyne
It was the first time we had conceded 4 goals this season, and it was the first time we had been beaten by more than a single goal.
It was also the first time we had suffered defeat in 15 games, since that stunner away at Scunthorpe United on a cold Tuesday October night.
And yes, we seem to have been hard done by, and Chris is telling everybody who will listen that they got two dodgy penalties, and we had two good appeals for penalties turned down.
And the first goal was not over the line, and they got their second penalty when Ameobi was still lying in their penalty area, after seemingly being fouled.
But all of this doesn’t mean too much for us – not much at all in fact.
This season we were not trying to win the FA Cup – which we last won when we took Don Revie and Manchester City apart 3-1 in 1955, and Wor Jackie scored in the first minute from a header, following a corner – boy those were the days.
No, we didn’t start this season to win the FA Cup – we started it to try to get automatic promotion back to the Premier League, and that remains our number one goal – in fact our only goal.
As we write this, we are 3 points clear of second placed Nottingham Forest, with a game in hand and a much better goal difference. And we are 6 points ahead of 3rd placed WBA, with a slightly better goal difference.
What Newcastle need to do now is to bring in an experienced striker – Marlon Harewood on loan would be fine as far as we are concerned, and at least one good central defender – and we’d prefer Mike Williamson on loan from Portsmouth.
After January is out, we can still sign players on loan – maybe Jack Wilshere of Arsenal. 😀
That’s the first thing we need to do, and then every single game of the 21 that we have left this season – which are all Championship games – we need to go into every game giving the opposition the respect they deserve.
And then we need to do whatever it takes to get the 3 points.
We don’t want to hear our players talking about getting 100 points in the league, we just want to hear them talking about whatever game is next up.
We’ve learned through the relegation disgrace and pain of last season, not to be too over-confident, especially in this league, where any team can beat any other, on any given day.
So it’s OK for Chris and everybody to complain about yesterday’s game and our bad luck, but starting tomorrow let’s forget about it – let’s forget about it completely – and get down to what is really important this season – promotion.
The mission continues at home to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, and we’ll be delighted to get the win, whatever way we have to do it.
Oh, and Crystal Palace are a very good side.