It was a terrible game today for loyal Newcastle fans to watch, as the Magpies turned in their worst performance of the season, and the wheels came off .
Chris Hughton – needs to make some changes
Newcastle have now conceded 21 goals in their first 14 league games and that’s just too many – we’ve scored one more- 22 goals – so we have little problem scoring goals with Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi and Kevin Nolan doing well so far this season.
In the last three games Newcastle have conceded 9 goals and we said after the Fulham game, that what we wanted to see was an improvement in the defense, and that could be measured in clean sheets.
And in the two home games just past – Fulham, who are now 4th bottom, got a point and Blackburn, who are 5th bottom, got all three points after two gift goals were conceded by our defense.
Letting in 5 goals in the game after we had kept a clean sheet, wasn’t exactly what we all wanted to see, but there has to be a case made that our two most experienced central defenders in Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor at least have to be given a chance – a game – to show what they can do, as they’re hardly any good sitting on the bench.
But Chris Hughton is a good manager in that he never panics, and he’ll look closely at what went wrong today, and then make the necessary changes – but this result could be a big blow to the Newcastle team’s confidence.
Sunderland have come back well since Newcastle mauled them 5-1 a few weeks back – so there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot do exactly the same thing, but just exactly what our players were doing at the Reebok this afternoon is a very good question – and needs to be answered.
It will be interesting to see what Chris says after the game today.