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.