Newcastle hammered Aston Villa 6-0 and then drew 1-1 at Wolves, and then came back for an easy home game against Blackpool, odds-on favorites for relegation – and were beaten 2-0.
Newcastle hammered Sunderland 5-1 at home and then won 1-0 away at Arsenal, and them came back tonight for a much easier home game against Blackburn, and were amazingly beaten 2-1 by Blackburn.
What’s that about if you don’t learn your lessons, then history will keep repeating itself.
Morten Gamst Pedersen’s first-half opener as early as the 3rd minute had put Blackburn in the lead after a Newcastle mistake, when Cheik Tiote of all people, got caught in possession by Brett Emerton, and the Australian International fed the ball to Pederson who scored – and it took only 3 minutes.
It was just a terrible school-boy error from Tiote, who tried to dribble his way out of the penalty area, and a gift goal after just 2 mins and 4 secs to Blackburn – and they took it gladly. You may be able to get away with that in the Eredivisie, but not in the Premier League – and it was the softest goal Newcastle have conceded all season, without a doubt.
Remember that was after Newcastle had stoutly defended against Arsenal for 94 minutes at the Emirates – but they can’t seem to play well at St. James’ Park these days, even though in the first half, when it was still 1-0 for Blackburn, Newcastle had 68% of the possession.
But of course possession doesn’t win games – goals do.
As expected Sam Allardyce, always adventurous away from home, parked three double-decker buses in his own penalty area – that’s a simile – but in reality he had a 5 man defense and 4 men strung across the midfield.
But this was the defensive game – make that very defensive game, that Sam was expected to play, and in truth was one reason he was fired at Newcastle, as watching this kind of stuff is just killing – even though it won Blackburn 3 points tonight.
And indeed Blackburn had the better of the chances in that first half, and when Andy scored just two minutes into the second half, it looked good for Newcastle, as Hughton had replaced Ameobi at the half, as he made way for Nile Ranger.
Since there was a doubt about Shola’s thigh before the game, it looks like Shola played with an injury in that first half, something he said last week that he would never do again at Newcastle.
Carroll’s goal was another classic Andy goal as he headed in a cross from – who else – Joey Barton, and things started to look up for Newcastle. It was a thundering header from Andy Carroll, and the last man to be such a great header of the ball was …… who else – Alan Shearer.
When that goal went in, it looked like there would be only one winner with Newcastle pressing for the winner, but it didn’t come, and would you believe it, after 82 minutes substitute Roberts, seemed to push Mike Williamson out of the way, to get to a long ball, and then finished nicely past Tim Krul and the goal stood.
And just before the end, referee Mike Jones turned down appeals for a penalty from the Newcastle players, after substitute David Dunn seemed to handle in the penalty box.
After 3 great wins in a row, it’s back to the old Newcastle, and this was a terrible result once again – and at home too. It’s not good enough to beat Arsenal with a great display and come to St. James’ Park and serve up this kind of below par stuff.
And we’ve again let in 2 goals at home, so the defense is what we need to fix, we’re just conceding too many goals at home, and we seem to be as inconsistent as ever – and good teams are not inconsistent, and most of them win most of their games at home.
That’s now 3 games we’ve lost at home out of six, to bottom half of the table teams.
Not good enough – to use just 3 words to sum up this game – and quite honestly we’d much rather be beating the teams we can and should beat – and being beaten by the ones we don”t expect to beat – but it’s completely the other way round so far this season.
Time for some changes in the line-up for Saturday, and maybe Chris can find some players who can actually play well at St. James’ Park, because against Blackpool, Stoke, Wigan and now Blackburn – teams we would be expected to beat, we’ve managed just a single point out of 12.
And Newcastle have looked only half the side at home than they’ve looked on the road – and unfortunately our next game is at home on Saturday against another bottom half of the table team – Fulham – that’s got to be a pity.
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Nolan, Tiote (Routledge, 88), Gutierrez; Carroll, Ameobi (Ranger, 46).
Subs not used: Soderberg, Campbell, S Taylor, Smith, Lovenkrands.
Blackburn: Robinson; Salgado, Samba, Nelson, Givet, Chimbonda; Emerton, Jones, Hoilett (Dunn, 84), Pedersen; Kalinic (Roberts, 52).
Subs not used: Bunn, E H Diouf, Goulon, Hanley, M B Diouf.
Goals: Pedersen 3, Carroll 47, Roberts 82
Bookings: Jones 26, Nolan 37, Tiote 39, Samba 45, Hoilett 50, Coloccini 90, Roberts 90
Sent off: None
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester)