It was shocking in the first three minutes of the second half last Saturday, when Newcastle gifted two soft goals to Stoke City – and the match with it.
Kevin Nolan – in action last Saturday challenging Dean Whitehead
And after that Newcastle played very much like they did in the second half against Arsenal, trying to take the game by the scruff of the neck and moving forward all the time, but it needed a goal to ignite Newcastle, and it never came.
So in the last two games we’ve done what poor teams do, and have allowed a team below us in the league to beat us, and thereby jump ahead of us in the table – it was certainly criminal in the defense on Saturday.
Newcastle now have another two weeks to live (stew?) with this shocking result, and it will not be easy – we suppose it shouldn’t be easy either.
But it’s the same as happened against Everton over two weeks ago – and when you have a two week break, this time an International break, it’s always nice to have a win before it, and it’s the exact opposite when you lose – especially by 4-0.
This is what the Newcastle captain, Kevin Nolan said about the display:
“We have a two week break now which is the last thing we want,” “We are certainly not happy about this. We will start to work it out on the training ground on Monday.”“Never mind being dragged into the relegation fight, we were never out of it. Simple as that. We were never getting carried away.” “Anyone can put together a two or three game winning run and that is what teams have started to do.”
“We have had an unfortunate run with a few bits and bobs, but we know the position we are in.” “We were unlucky to be one down in the first half to just about their only chance. We handled their strengths very well, and I thought we controlled the first half.”
“But when you come out as sloppy as that, and gift any Premier League team such sloppy goals, you are going to get punished.” “From there, there was never going to be another Arsenal comeback. That only happens once every blue moon.”
“Conceding those goals at the start of the second half was criminal and absolutely killed us. People have already held their hands up to individual mistakes, but it is a collective responsibility.”
“I am very disappointed and it is a very disappointed dressing room. I’m devastated for the fans who have travelled all this way and seen that.” “I can only apologize and hope we can put it right against Wolves in a couple of weeks.”
“We are all big enough and accountable, there is not one man who is going to take the blame on his own. We are in it together, We hope the fans stick with us. It is going to be tough.”
“We have had a few scrapes and heavy defeats, but the fans are going to be key to us staying up. We were concerned before the game and we are concerned now.” “We were never out of the scrap we knew that. If you do not win games, you are going to get sucked into it. We never got carried away. We just make sure we keep a level head.”
“We’d like to put this right straight way, but now we have a two-week break which is incredible considering at Christmas we were playing four or five games.” “We are only playing two games in the whole of March.” “It is really weird and needs to be looked at.”
We have 8 games to play this season, and not 7 as the Newcastle Journal has said today – we’ve played 30 games and since there are 20 teams in the league we play 38 games.
Next up is Wolves at home, and Newcastle still have to play Birmingham and WBA at home, and away the lads have Aston Villa after Wolves, and Blackpool as two of the road games, and those are all games we have to stand a good chance of winning. That’s 5 games against relegation sides of the eight that are left.
For the record the other games are Chelsea and Liverpool away, and Manchester United at home.
Winning and not drawing those five games is key, because we’ll gain 3 points on those sides, who are all fighting relegation.
The Newcastle side should make the 4-0 defeat last Saturday a turning point in the season, and the game was even going quite well for Newcastle until those two sloppy goals, one of which was a terrible individual error.
It’s hard to do anything about errors, other then torture the player after the game – whoops did I say that – just kidding.
Obviously the lads have to try to cut them out, and let’s hope that Newcastle start to play like we know they can play – and very soon too.
If we continue our error strewn ways of Saturday, then Newcastle will get themselves into deep deep trouble, which none of us want – it;s just too hard on the old nerves.
The only thing that matters for Newcastle now is to beat Wolves – that’s really all that matters right now – nothing else – and the Newcastle fans at that game will be so important to cheer the lads on to what would be a fabulous win – and a little relief for us all.