The good news is that Newcastle didn’t lose this game, but the bad news is that we didn’t win it either, and it was against a side who had one win, two draws and 10 defeats in their last 13 games. 🙁
And Newcastle unfortunately kept up their consistency this season of being very good in one game, as the lads were last Tuesday night against the might of Manchester United, and then being very very ordinary in the next game, against one of the worst sides in the league right now – Blackpool.
To put things in perspective Newcastle have only one win in their last 7 games, and that was against Wolves at home, and Newcastle were as impotent today as they were against Aston Villa and Alan Pardew should bring in two good strikers in the summer, and not just one.
So Blackpool take 4 points off Newcastle this season, after they had won 2-0 at St. James’ Park.
It’s hard to say this but it’s true, that if any side deserved all 3 points today, it was Blackpool, which just about tells you how inept Newcastle were – and they continue to be up and down all season.
Newcastle should be called Newcastle YoYo – not Newcastle United.
We suppose in the next game against Liverpool the lads will all turn up for that game – play really great and lose 2-1 – so why can’t they play great against the poorer sides in the league – like Blackpool?
That’s the question Alan Pardew is going to have to answer, because our poor form against poor teams has cost Newcastle lots of points this season – and as Alan said before the game there can be no excuses today with Newcastle fielding a strong side.
So it will be interesting to hear what Pardew says after this display, which gives Newcastle just 6 points in their last 7 games, and if we cannot beat Blackpool, on the bad ruin they have been on, then who can we beat is a good question.
And Newcastle went ahead as well after 17 minutes, through a well taken goal from Peter Lovenkrands.
That could have been it, if Newcastle had defended anywhere near the way they defended against the league leaders, but Blackpool were level after just 32 minutes through DJ Campbell.
And you have to remember that Blackpool have the worst home record in the Premier League, but they started quite well against a fairly strong Newcastle side.
It was Newcastle who had the first chance, when Peter Lovenkrands broke clear and played the ball to Ameobi who then managed to slip at the very last moment when he tried to cross to Lovenkrands.
If Shola has crossed the ball, Peter Lovenkrands was wide open, and surely would have scored, but Ameobi continues to be one of the most frustrating players to play for the Magpies.
It was Charlie Adam at fault for the Newcastle goal, as he tried to swap passes with Crainey, but he gave the ball away Joey Barton, who then squared it to Lovenkrands.
The Danish striker hit the ball beautifully into the bottom corner of the net, and it gave goalkeeper Gilks no chance.
After the goal, it was Blackpool who were getting on top, and they deservedly equalized after 32 minutes, but only after they had wasted a couple of decent chances.
A right wing corner from Charlie Adam was flicked with his left leg by Campbell towards the goal, but Jose Enrique seemed to clear off the line, but the referee said the ball had crossed the line and it was 1-1.
TV replays were indecisive in showing whether the ball had crossed the line or not.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul was becoming more and more busy, and it was Blackpool who were exerting the pressure on the Magpies, and Campbell again went close just before half time.
And it was 3rd bottom Blackpool, with 5 points form 39, who continued to dominate the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team, which is Newcastle this season, as the Magpies looked as inept as they were at Villa Park two weeks ago.
And the Seasiders should really have taken the lead when Taylor-Fletcher headed over the bar, from just six yards out, after a great cross from Crainey, but he really should have scored.
Then Adam hit the post from the edge of the penalty box as Blackpool were ripping the Newcastle defense to shreds.
It’s such a pity the Newcastle players didn’t turn up this afternoon for this game, after all that talk about how they were going to play as well as they did Tuesday night, and all that daft stuff.
But Newcastle held out for a lucky draw, as it turns out, but this was an embarrassing display from the Magpies and we hope Allan Pardew blasted the players in the dressing room after the game.
Why do we say that? Because they deserved it after playing so badly today, after playing so well on Tuesday night.
This is all mental with this Newcastle side, and the sooner they become consistent and approach each game in the same way, the sooner they will start to move up the league.
The Newcastle team hardly turned up for this game this afternoon, and that’s completely unacceptable, and who would have thought this would become a lucky point for Newcastle – but that’s exactly what it was.
And the facts are that Blackpool have the worst home record in the league, and had conceded 69 goals in their 33 games before this game, and had taken just 5 points from the last 13 games.
So you see what we mean – Newcastle were just hopeless this afternoon – and the weakness is in their mental toughness.
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