Newcastle did get two late goals on Saturday to secure an unlikely point, but Chris Hughton will be asking how come Newcastle found themselves two goals down after just 23 minutes at home.
Chris Hughton – shown on Saturday – defense was frail
It was simply another poor St James’ Park performance, from the side which saw the defense again concede two sloppy goals, as we did against Stoke City in our last home game.
The only difference on Saturday was that the sloppy goals came in the first half as gifts to former winger Charles N’Zogbia, and against Stoke we managed to concede two goals in the last 32 minutes, after being 1-0 ahead.
So we have only 4 points from our 4 home league games so far, and that’s just not good enough if we are to survive this season, it’s as simple as that.
The poor defending will be something that Hughton and the players will work on this week in training, and try to put right what the lads are doing wrong, otherwise we’ll not be able to get the 3 points we need at West Ham on Saturday.
This is what Chris said today:
“There are concerns that we conceded two very poor goals and we allowed too much possession,”
“They regained possession very well and passed it very well.” “They did those two things better than we did in the first half.”
“We are realistic enough to know we will have had to pick up a good percentage of points against this group of teams who we can expect to be around us.”
With Newcastle’s up and down form this season and the fact the lads seem to play a lot better away from home, we have to think we can get the win at West Ham, who are rock bottom of the league right now, behind Liverpool on goal difference.