We’re not surprised that boss Chris Hughton says he has concerns after yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic.
Chris Hughton – we should be beating Wigan
Wigan came to Newcastle having scored only four goals all season, and conceded 13, but it took them only 23 minutes to score two goals against a fragile looking Newcastle defense, which gifted former winger Charles N’Zogbia with two goals.
Th first goal was a looping cross that Charles headed in on the six yard box, despite both Williamson and Perch challenging for the ball, and Tim Krul could probably have also come for the ball.
The second goal less that two minutes later found N’Zogbia clear on the left wing – but where was Perch? The answer was – nowhere near the Frenchman – and N’Zogbia controlled the ball brilliantly with his chest before smashing the ball high into the net to completely stun the home crowd.
Two terrible errors by the Newcastle defense which seems to lose concentration at crucial times in games this season. After all, in our last home game we gave two goals to Stoke in the last 22 minutes of that game to somehow lose, after simply dominating Stoke in the first half.
After defeats at home by both Blackpool and Stoke, a point was not too much better yesterday, and Newcastle must start picking up some points at home.
After going 2-0 down in the first half yesterday, it looked as though the confidence had simply drained out of the players.
This is what Chris said after the game:
“It’s always a concern when you are losing or drawing games.”
“And it would be no secret that there are a group of teams against which you would feel that you have got your better opportunities to get your points.”
“Over a season, we will have to gain more points from the teams in that group.”
We have no idea how good or how bad Newcastle are this season. Sometimes the lads play very well, like against Manchester City and look a good side, and they also looked very good in the first half against Stoke City, only to give away two goals in the last 25 minutes.
So Newcastle have thrown away far too many points in the first 8 games of the season, that’s the bad news. The good news is that we still have 8 points from 8 games – somehow.
We’ll know by the end of the year whether this side is good enough to stay in the Premier League this season, but if we were really honest we’d say it didn’t look that way yesterday, against one of the relegation favorites at home.
It could become a long hard season for this Newcastle side, unless they can patch up these defensive frailties.