Newcastle Defense Continues To Be Huge Concern

The continuing way in which Newcastle play well one week and then play like school kids the next, is getting to be a longer term problem for the club.

Chris Hughton – can he turn this around?

Any team is allowed one or two howlers a season, because the players are only human, and things may not work for them at all in some games – but not too many of those game are allowable each season.

But at Newcastle we’re now on a five game streak that has produced only 2 points, and in the three defeats we have suffered against Blackburn, Bolton and WBA we’ve conceded 10 goals and a lot of those were self inflicted through terrible defending.

It’s a bad run of form, especially in defense, and it’s one that the lads will have to get to the bottom of quickly, otherwise we are in for a season of fighting relegation – and unfortunately that’s the painful truth.

That’s not to say there’s any panic right now, because there’s plenty of time to put things right, but we’ve been awful since we beat Arsenal at the Emirates – just awful in most of the games, and our results are proof of that.

Newcastle fans are generally ecstatic when we do well – as most of us were after the good Chelsea display – or despondent and even angry – as we were after yesterday’s pathetic performance. Let’s just say yesterday’s performance was not acceptable to Newcastle fans, and we feel so sorry for those who went to the game.

But one thing that we keep telling ourselves is that we’re never as good as we think we are after a good display, and never as bad as we think we are after a terrible display.

So perhaps we really are better than we looked yesterday – and we’ll have say that could be good news. 😀

What surprised us a lot yesterday was that Sol Campbell looked very poor, especially at the start of the game, and he almost gave a goal away with a poor clearance in the first half, and he looked so hesitant and unsure.

Steven Taylor looked OK to us most of the game, and almost scored, but the 4-4-2 formation doesn’t work for Newcastle unless we have two top central midfielders, and even Danny Guthrie himself will admit he didn’t play well yesterday.

We had Carroll and Ameobi up front in the first half while the rest of the team were being pummeled at the back, and something was definitely wrong with Newcastle yesterday.

We have to hope Chris Hughton will sort it out, and this week could now be a pivotal week for the team, because we play Liverpool on Saturday, in a game that’s again being televised around the word.

We criticized Blackburn Rovers a few times in the last few weeks, but in all honesty yesterday we were as bad as Blackburn have been, we were that bad against WBA.

That’s the cold painful truth about yesterday’s performance, but hey – we look to the players to show the grit, fight, determination and passion which got us promoted and hope they can put things right on Saturday.

But we need all 3 points against Liverpool, draws are no good to us at the moment, although of course we’ll take a single point rather than a defeat.

Once again, we ay that guts, fight determination and passion are what we want to see from now on from this side, and not a little bit of skill of course, and we have to hope that captain Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton can return against Liverpool.

Some of  our players yesterday just didn’t look good enough for the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • alex84

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    i think the game was lost in midfield yesterday not the defence… guthrie was bad, really bad and left tiote(who didnt play great either) doing his jobs as well. we missed nolan and barton yesterday, nolan adds an attacking threat which tiote routledge and guthrie dont. i thought loverman came on and did ok, at least he put in effort! Carroll looked really cheesed off!

  • Purely Belter

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    i agree with alex. most of the problems came from midfield. west broms players overall had a lot better technique and quicker passing which we cudnt handle. we need someone with pace

  • ballerfan2

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree totally with alex. Our defence was under constant pressure as a result of the midfield being totally overrun. Guthrie had one of his worst games for the club and Tiote was left trying to do everything – not surprising he was caught too often.
    We couldn’t get hold of the ball (got to give credit to WBA for their slick passing game) and when we had it didn’t have enough composure to keep it – that for me was really disappointing and requires much attention this week. I just hope Barton and Nolan are back next week. Smith and Ameobi are out of their depth and I fear Routledge is the same. Others need to prove in the coming weeks that they can handle this league after Sunday’s performance.

  • rkw

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    We all had to vent a bit yesterday, I know I did on my blog, but this is much more what ought to be said about this team at this point in the season. Thanks Ed, for bringing us back to center on it.

  • Newcastle Rock

    Dec 6, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Sol looked slugies from the start , he is overweight and too slow , any player can turn and drible him so easily . His shud NOT a game from now .
    Guthier did OK as acted as DM and not MC , so we had two DM and no one going forward.
    I thought we gave West Brom too much respect that we were even ready to play counter attack .
    Speaking of Jonas , he has became ao week and can not run fast as he used to be .
    Routlegde , want to drible the entire team and thats his main aim on the pitch.
    S.Taylor , has not sined the contact hence not playing to his potential.
    Shola is SHIT and INCONSISTANT player I have ever seen , he think its nit his mistake if he cant run .
    CH has now no clue of which team to select as he does not have a team at first place. same same tacticts and noo thinking..

    Having said that all , I bet this Shit newcastle will win by an odd goal against Liverpool and the next game will loose 3 -0 . This is NEWCASTLE and it SUCKS BIG TIME. I am sorry but its HURTS.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Dec 6, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Steven Taylor is so bad. I hope he’s leaving soon.

  • sammydolan

    Dec 6, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    The whole team looked uninterested, me and all the fans who were at the game were constantly shouting “GO TO HIM THEN, GET A TACKLE THEN, PRESSURE” – nothing.

    Carroll was cheesed off but he cant complain too much he wasnt his pressuring self and getting amongst it. We need our captain to come in and kick some arses. We need our main men in the center to give us a lift for the Liverpool which is very winnable. As long as we can contain Torres maybe have Jose with his strength man marking him or something.

  • sammydolan

    Dec 6, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Because if Sol Campbell is in the centre I am sorry we will have our arses handed back to us, hes slow, old and shite.

  • Sav

    Dec 6, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes, even with a makeshift central pairing, our defence was not the major problem yesterday, it was a watered-down midfield. Guthrie is pants. Lightweight in the tackle, sloppy in the pass, hides when his teammates are looking for an outlet, no killer ball and his free-kicks and corners are monotonously dreadful. Is that enough?
    Jonas needed a stiff kick up the arse. Uninterested and half-hearted.
    Routledge did hid best, but I’m afraid that is not quite enough. Only Tiote was at the races and with no back-up, he too lost the ball a few times. We also had Shola supposedly playing deeper. But he hasn’t looked fit for at least 3 games now. So why not give Ranger or Vukic a start?

    Finally, I have to say I think Chris Houghton is not blameless. He was too slow to make substitutions and the side seems to have no other option than a lump upfield top Carroll. The only people who can possibly enjoy watching that must be the opposition. If yesterday is anything to go by, they’ve cottoned onto it by now and dealt with it easily, as evidenced by AC’s obvious frustration.

  • alex84

    Dec 6, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #10

    sol had a bad game yesterday, but he didnt against chelsea, and people were singing his praises! now he should never play again…do me a favour! one week people say were gunning for europe next they say were going down!

  • alex84

    Dec 6, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    and if you look at the goals, jonas attempt tackle on the first goal was a joke
    guthrie messed up on the 2nd

    by the 3rd we were beat!


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