Newcastle’s up and down topsy turvy season continued at St. James’ Park today, when they allowed two sloppy second half goals to Stoke City, after completely dominating Stoke in the first half, when they were a goal ahead through a penalty from Kevin Nolan.
After dominating long periods of this game Newcastle somehow construed to give Stoke City a couple of goals in the second half, to register their second successive home defeat at St. James’ Park.
And it all looked so easy as Newcastle had completely dominated the play in the first half, and Stoke had looked second best in everything they did, and Newcastle had gone ahead at a perfect time with a penalty from Kevin Nolan after 43 minutes when Huth had fouled Carroll in the penalty box.
But in the second half Stoke had to change things around as they were being pummeled and they did exactly that. when Stoke manager Pulis brought on Fuller, Delap and Gudjohnsen and goals from Jones and an own goal from James Perch had Newcastle throw away another vital 3 points at St. James’ Park today – for the second home game running.
And Stoke did exactly what they did two years ago ago by scoring two unanswered goals in the second half, but this was almost a complete disaster for the Newcastle side – at home for the second game running and throwing away all 3 points.
We guess they just didn’t learn their lesson from the Blackpool game, and when you don’t learn from history – history tends to repeat itself.
The game started so well for Newcastle, and on Stoke’s first corner, as expected, they put in an in-swinging corner into Tim Krul, and the Dutchman caught it so cleanly and with confidence, and that brought an appreciative roar from the Geordie fans.
On 43 minutes Newcastle were awarded a penalty when Robert Huth brought down Andy Carroll in the area, when a left wing cross was coming over, and it was an obvious penalty.
Kevin Nolan, the captain was the player to take it and he sent Sorenson the wrong way as he notched his 3rd goal of the season to a tremendous roar from the home crowd – that was a vital goal for the Newcastle side.
But then within a minute Stoke could have themselves been given a penalty, as Joey Barton pushed a player in the back and we were juts a little lucky to get away with that one.
As the first half came to an end, Newcastle had completely dominated the play in midfield, but hadn’t carved out a single good chance in open play, and they would have been happy with the penalty to go ahead, but Stoke had to do better in the second half, as Newcastle looked better in every department.
Newcastle had a huge let off after 59 minutes when a Kenwynne Jones header hit the upright and the rebound should have been put away by the substitute Fuller, but he put the ball wide of the post with an open goal staring him in the face, as Stoke came back into the game.
And then Stoke were level on 67 minutes when a right wing free kick by Etherington was headed across goal by Huth and Kenwynne Jones, after hitting the post minutes earlier, headed the ball home.
Amazingly, after being so outplayed, Stoke City were level.
And Stoke kept coming and on 85 minutes went ahead when an Etherington left wing corner was headed home into his own net, courtesy of James Perch, in a game the Potters were completely outplayed in that first half.
This is a very stern lesson for Newcastle, that if they don’t put a game away when they are well on top – watch out – and there should be some hard looks at this game when a post mortem is done on how we managed to lose it.
It must have been a terrible disappointment, for the second game in a row, to Newcastle fans, especially after such a good professional display in the first half – but the hard truth is the team has again let their fans down big time.
We should forget about the Carling Cup and get those league points in the bag so we can survive this season in the Premier League.
The sad thing here is that in two home games we were hoping to win – we end up with no points.
The league has to be our only priority this season, and we shouldn’t forget that, and some players from our second team should now get a chance at Manchester City on Sunday, because the lads today just threw the game and the points away.
But if ever a team looked dead and buried it was Stoke City at half time – how wrong can you be.
And this game can be used in coaching classes, to show how poorly a team can play in the first half of a game, get played off the field, and still end up with all 3 points – and in the process also hit the post twice in the second half.
It could only happen to Newcastle, but this is a second massive disappointment for Newcastle United fans at St. James’ Park – make no mistake about that.