Yesterday’s home game at St. James’ Park in front of a disappointing crowd of just 41,915, showed just why it is so difficult being a supporter of the Magpies.
The faithful Newcastle United supporters
At half time we thought we would easily win this game, although we did notice how few chances the team had created, after having the vast amount of possession and seemingly dominating Stoke City in the first half.
We’re sure manager Tony Pulis blasted his players at half time – and they deserved it and and it worked. Pulis rightly brought on Rory Delap for those long throw ins, and Stoke were able to do just what it took to win the game.
They out-played Newcastle in that second half in the only thing that really matters – scoring goals – and from a Newcastle fan’s viewpoint it looked like we again threw 3 points away.
Newcastle are having an up and down season, to say the very least, and we are getting sea-sickness during some of the games for heavens sakes. 😀
In one game they look like a very good side, and then in the next game they seemingly contrive some way – any way – to lose the game – as has happened in our last two home games. Maybe the best way to think about this is to realize the lads are currently adjusting to the much higher standards that exist in the English Premier League.
And yes, while it’s very difficult to watch some of the games (but only of course when we don’t win!), hopefully the squad will be learning from every single game this season, and we even thought the way Chris Hughton described how and why the side was beaten yesterday, was close to what actually happened.
There were times in the second half when Newcastle didn’t defend properly, and in this league that can cost you big time – and it did yesterday, as Stoke got the two goals they needed, and won the game.
For Stoke it was a great win and showed how they just never give up, but with just one shot on target how they got two goals is still rather amazing.
For Newcastle, the whole game will hopefully be used as a learning exercise by Chris and Colin Calderwood to further teach their players on what they did wrong, and how they must improve to be more competitive in the worlds’ top football league.
We know it’s difficult at times supporting the Newcastle club, well it has been for us in this lifetime – that’s for sure – but we have to hope the lads will turn it all around before too long.
But as Chris rightly says, we’ll lose more then we win this season, and that;s going to be fact