Newcastle looked a poor side today, and we suppose we should have expected it because it’s been a good display followed by a poor display for the last five games.
Joey Barton – hey the goal is this way – he was badly missed today
In the last 5 games Newcastle have picked up just 2 points, and we were really hoping for a win today at West Brom, where we usually do well in the league, and in fact the win by West Brom this afternoon, was their first one against Newcastle in 26 years.
Newcastle were hopeless today – just hopeless – and it’s hard top be upbeat after watching a performance like that – and one or two Newcastle players had very sub-par games.
Danny Guthrie was one of those, and the 23 year-old just didn’t show at all in central midfield, and we have to wonder how different things may have been if Joey Barton hadn’t withdrawn late, after suffering a knock in training, when we all expected him to start today.
In fact – yes this is all in retrospect – but we should have flooded midfield more, because playing 4-4-2 gave West Brom much more of the ball and the play – right from the kick off.
We have to hope that both Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton can return next Saturday afternoon, in the late game against Liverpool at home, and we are at least due to play well in that game.
But notice if we do play much better and say get another draw – that will only be 3 points form the last 18 points, and we really need to start winning game, which is why when we play teams like Blackburn, Bolton and WBA that we expect we can win, we’ve got to turn up and play our best.
But we’ve lost all three of those games, and also drew at home to Fulham..
Chris Hughton has a tough job on his hands this week, and we’re sure we’ll see an improved performance next Saturday against Liverpool – maybe – but anything but a win will hardly be good enough.
That’s especially true if we then put in another poor performance in our next game at Birmingham, a game we could be expected to win, and if we continue like we’ve been doing this season, the team will not turn up again.
Newcastle are certainly a yo-yo side this season – it’s up and down then up then down then up again – we’re starting to get seasick!. 😀
But it’s a pity we always seem to be down against teams we are expected to beat, and that’s costing us a lot of points – because wins are what we need.