The game at the Reebo9k yesterday was a horror show by the Newcastle side, and maybe the players should apologize to the Newcastle fans – at least the loyal ones that made the trip to Bolton.
Chris Hughton – must fix the train wreck that was Newcastle yesterday
Newcastle conceded five goals and they gave Bolton four of those goals through sloppy defending, and we think the last goal – a penalty awarded against Enrique was given to Bolton by referee Howard Webb, since it didn’t seem a foul on Kevin Davies, in the TV replays.
When you remember what we did against Blackburn, when Newcastle gave them two sloppy goals – then in two games of the last three – we conceded 7 goals and 6 of them were very poor goals from the Newcastle point of view. Our defensive play has simply not been good enough lately.
Chris Hughton has come out today and said he didn’t think it was a 5-1 game, and he could be right, because we again gifted Bolton 4 goals and you just cannot do that at this level of play.
And while Coloccini and Williamson have played well at the back all season, they have looked soft lately against big physical players and the fourth goal yesterday by Elmander was an embarrassment for the Argentine International Coloccini.
And it was not unlike the goal Blackburn’s Jason Robert scored 11 days ago, the only difference yesterday was that Colo didn’t even challenge for the ball, whereas Williamson did but bounced off Roberts.
But in both cases a long high ball down the middle was too much for the Newcastle defense to handle, and that will soon become common knowledge to other PL sides.
It was just a horror show – a bad day at the office – a day when the lads were off color – a day when nobody played well – we were literally embarrassingly hopeless in our defensive work.
We’ve seen a good Newcastle, a great Newcastle, a mediocre Newcastle and a poor Newcastle this season already.
Yesterday it was an embarrassing Newcastle, and it was just not good enough.
The good news is that it’s just one game, one that the players have to learn from, and at least it wasn’t against Sunderland, and we suppose that every team are allowed one terrible show each season.