The two things that will be worrying the Newcastle fans early in this season is our home form and the Newcastle defense.
Sol Campbell – can Sol steady the ship at Newcastle?
The home form is almost the opposite of what it was last season when the lads managed to go 26 game at St. James’ Park unbeaten and in our first Premier League home game of the season, we hammered Aston Villa 6-0.
But since then the lads have been beaten by Blackpool and Stoke and but for an injury time equalizer by captain Fab Coloccini yesterday, just 40 seconds before added time was to expire, we would have also lost to Wigan Athletic.
A good question is if we cannot beat these mediocre sides at home, then how will we fare against the Man United, Arsenals and Chelseas of this world?
Of those four games Newcastle fans would have hoped Newcastle would have managed as many as three wins against Blackpool, Stoke and Wigan, but instead we have just 4 points from those four home league games, with the only win coming against a good looking Aston Villa side.
And let’s face it, that does not auger well for the future, if we cannot beat the lesser teams of the league at home. So there are already warning signs this season for the Newcastle side.
While the defense started quite well this season, they have let themselves down in both the last two home games, and given away four sloppy goals, and you just cannot make those types of errors in the Premier League and not expect to be in deep trouble, sooner rather than later.
Newcastle do have Danny Simpson and Steven Taylor returning from injury, and Sol Campbell may also be able to settle the team down at the back, if only because of his massive experience.
We have to think it’s time that Chris has a rethink about the defense, and it could well be the mistakes in the first half yesterday have convinced the manager to draft in both Sol Campbell and Danny Simpson for the relegation match-up next Saturday afternoon at West Ham United.
Newcastle have done better away from home this season, with 4 points form the three games, compared to a meager 4 points from 4 games at St. James’ Park – who would have believed that before this season started?
Unless Newcastle can improve their home form, and start picking up some much needed points at St. James’ Park, this will prove to be a hard long slog for the side to remain in the Premier League this season.
What do you think?