Stoke had their biggest win ever in the Premier League on Saturday, thanks to Newcastle gifting them a number of goals, with some schoolboy defending.
Steve Harper – schoolboy mistake on Saturday
Now Newcastle have taken only a solitary point from their previous 3 games, all of which they had hoped to win, and are now a slim 4 points above the relegation zone.
And of course midfielder Cheick Tiote managed to pick up his 10th yellow card of the season, which means he will now miss the next two league games, and Newcastle keep shooting themselves in the foot.
The next game is against Wolves at home in two weeks time, and if we lose that game then some very noisy alarm bells will be going off on Tyneside – be sure of that.
Alan Pardew told the local Newcastle press today:
“It’s now about looking at each other in the eye.” “We have to accept the results we’ve had. All we can do is to make sure we’re right for Wolves, and that we can put our best possible team out.”
“Our medical team need to work hard, and the coaching team need to work hard to get that win.”
Every single one of the four goals Newcastle conceded could have been prevented with better defending, and the game was killed off in the first few minutes of the second half.
Steve Harper was caught in possession when he should have just kicked the ball away first time, and then Danny Higginbotham scored with a bullet of a free kick, but it went straight through the Newcastle wall, as our players seemed to take cover.
I showed the goal to my wife, who knows nothing at all about football, and I said look at those players protecting themselves – and she said – well they would have been hurt otherwise.
Yes, and it seems that’s exactly what some of the Newcastle players thought too. 😀
“It was hugely disappointing in terms of the scoreline,” “It flattered Stoke, if I’m being totally honest.”
“The first five minutes of the second half put a bad reflection on the game. When we conceded those two goals, that’s where the game was lost.”
“In the first half, we looked like a team that was comfortable with what we were doing.” “We were defending the set plays well, and we dealt with the long throw from Rory Delap.
“We did a lot of things really well, but you can’t start a half of football the way we did.” “That’s something we are going to have to address going forward, because they caught us cold. You just can’t do that in the Premier League.”
It’s a game and a result we’d like to forget as soon as possible, and it’s a pity we didn’t have a game in midweek – to help us get over it.
But the players now owe the Newcastle fans an honest and decent display against Wolves, and the situation is nothing that a win against Wolves wont correct fairly quickly.