Poor Display And Hopeless Result For Newcastle Yesterday

Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper had another good game yesterday,  and was disappointed not to take anything out of the game – millions of Newcastle fans were too.

Steve Harper – defeat hard to take

It was a massive 3 points for Aston Villa, and it now puts them just 2 points behind Newcastle in the league table.

But their nerves showed near the end, and Newcastle should have been able to get an equalizer, as the Villa players started to freeze a little bit towards the end of the game.

Villa had one win in their last 7 games and of course wins are what saves a team these days, as draws are never worth too much, not compared to the three points for a win at least.

Newcastle fans just have to hope that Wigan, West Ham and Wolves keep losing, and that Newcastle don’t lose to either Blackpool or Birmingham in upcoming games.

And then the team should be safe, when the lads entertain a very quickly improving WBA, at home on May 22nd, the very last game of the season.

But Newcastle are not on a good streak at the moment, having lost three of their last four games, and all to teams beneath then in the league.

The only saving grace is that Sunderland are on an even worse streak, having lost seven of their last eight games, and taken a single point from the last 24 on offer.

This is what goalkeeper Steve Harper said about the game yesterday:

“We had a decent start.” “But we know how hard it can be at home when the fans are restless.”

“They scored at a perfect time for them.” “It was disappointing to concede from a free-kick because we’ve worked hard to prevent them.”

“You could feel the edginess in the crowd and we could have got a goal with 25 minutes to go. But it wasn’t to be.”

“We had chances and if we had come away with a point it wouldn’t have been unfair.” “ But we’re always disappointed to come away with nothing.”

“I had a couple of saves to make in the second half and Brad Friedel did too late on.” “We deserved something from it. The effort and commitment was there.”

“But losing Kevin Nolan and Cheick Tiote to suspension, then Shola overnight was probably a bridge too far for us.” “It was a massive blow for us because Shola would have caused them problems.

“To lose any game is difficult but when you have been more than a match for Villa then it’s hard to take.”

It’s true that Shola was a massive miss yesterday, and if he had been in the side and played like he did last week against Wolves then Newcastle would have probably taken something out of this game.

But the squad has been too small for two seasons now, and nothing much was done last summer to improve the size of the squad although Newcastle did bring in Cheick Tiote who’s turned out to be massive acquisition for Newcastle.

And talking of Cheick, he’s now served his two match ban,  and will line up a week tomorrow against the might y Manchester United.

One thing that Cheick must improve on is his discipline as he’s missed far too many games for accumulating yellow cards, and for being sent off this season.

That’s an improvement area for Tiote for next season.

Comments always welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    82 minutes of doing nothing then, we only attack in the last 5 mins

  • milburn 77

    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Excuses, excuses

  • Irish-Toon

    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #3

    We had potentially 2 good chances at the start of the game, what was need was a little more composure or a little left selfishness from Ranger and he could’ve put it on a plate from Lovenkrands both times. I reckon that yesterday proved that Ranger shouldn’t be a starter just yet. He is more effective as an impact player

  • shearermania

    Apr 11, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #4

    lets hope barton will never bear the captains armband again…..he was the worst player out there and after all the talking – he was useless at best…..im ashamed of having him as captain.
    but this is as low we’ve sunk : a drunk, cheat, violent thug being our (v) captain…..oh dear ..pathetic

  • Bucks mag

    Apr 11, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #5

    They were saying in the Mag that Tiote had too many suspensions because he has too much to do, quite an interesting thought.
    Despite the performance yesterday, I do agree with Harper that the commitment was there, the lads never stopped playing for the shirt

  • jimiley

    Apr 11, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #6

    “Shola was a massive miss” Illustrates how weak this team is. The strikers who played are moderate Championship players at best. Not looking to Pardew for a whole season, are you Mr Cashley?

  • Burni

    Apr 11, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    people say about excuses but come on….. villa had every single one of their players available and at least 3 play for england. We had like 10 out either injured or suspended.

    I think given the circumstances they played well. Im surprised Ed hasnt said this too. Ed keeps saying that it doesnt matter the result as long as they look like there up for it. In my opinion, they did look up for it, they either just werent good enough or made mistakes… its hard to bear but its not as if they didnt turn up like when we played bolton or WBA. I know the result isnt a brilliant one but well still stay up we all know it.

    ( dare I say that the reason why most people are being so negative about the performance is because they thought it was in the bag AND wanted to do Villa over like they did to us in 09 ? )

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 11, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #8

    It was like watching paint dry. Two very poor teams. Our lack of bench strength was frightening. Without Tiote and Nolan to cover the middle with Barton we were a very poor team indeed. Ranger was selfish, we could have been a goal up early in the game with a pass to Peter. The owner only wants his money back. It should never have come to this. Penny-wise pound-foolish they say. Huge improvement required in the summer. Will the owner spend enough? I have my doubts. Pardew will be the next scapegoat.

  • ToonBry

    Apr 11, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Barton and guthrie were the 2 worst palyers out there.

  • AndyMac

    Apr 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Blame injuries if you wish but we all know the real reason why we’re struggling to replace those that are injured with competent reserves !!!

    Paper thin squad at the start of the season got transparently thin during the window and yet Bolton were able to take Sturridge on loan (without a transfer fee Fatman), Wolves – O’ Hara, Wigan -Cleverley, Santander – dos Santos, West Brom – Vela and Pardwho’s best mate Puncheon at Blackpool.

    We got Ireland and Kuqi. FTF !

  • gorskino10

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #11

    TBH i would blame Harps for first goal it took an age from Collins header for him to go across if this was someone quicker they would of saved it.


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