Poor James Perch had a terrible game today, and was simply no match for former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia.
James Perch – not good enough today
Charles scored a couple of goals in quick succession in the 22nd and 23rd minutes, the first one was when he comically out jumped both Perch and Williamson on the six yard box to head past Krul.
He’s 5’7″ tall and Williamson is 6’4″ tall. And then again the French International controlled a cross sent in from the right wing by Di Santo, and quite calmly smashed the ball past Tim Krul from a narrow angle with that left foot of his, and we were 2-0 down at home.
And Newcastle must have played their very worst football of the season in those first 45 minutes.
We have to stop playing great against difficult sides when we lose, like at Eastlands, and also stop playing terrible football against poor sides like Stoke, Blackpool and Wigan, when we fail to pick up the points we should be getting. That’s a recipe for almost certain relegation.
We have one home point now from three home games against Blackpool, Stoke and Wigan – and if we cannot beat these teams at home – then who can we beat?
We don’t like to really pick out players, and we probably shouldn’t – but there have been some doubts about James Perch all season, and we don’t think Chris Hughton now can afford the luxury to have James learn his trade in the Premier League - the points are just too important.
He looked completely out of his depth today, and we would expect Danny Simpson to now play only 45 minutes in the Reserve game on Tuesday afternoon, against Bolton at the Benton Training grounds.
Danny could then be primed to be available for our next game at Upton Park next Saturday, and we’ll look for young Steven Taylor to come back soon too, as the 24 year-old defender resumes full training on Monday.
But if the lads keep defending like they did in this game today, then we can kiss goodbye to any points in London next Saturday – and quite honestly – we deserved nothing from this game today – nothing.
And Sol Campbell wasn’t even on the bench, so we’re not sure if he was injured, but Chris may decide now is the time to get Sol’s competence, confidence and experience into this Newcastle line-up for next Saturday.