To say Newcastle were absolutely toothless up front this afternoon at Anfield is probably a huge understatement.
Alan Pardew – put his best spin on the game
But a statistic we heard today, and checked it out as accurate, is that in the 12 games Newcastle have played since January 31st, they have failed to score in exactly half of them.
Newcastle looked so bad up front today, that I had another look for my boots, just in case I could find them, and I’m sure I’m not the only Newcastle fan who thought they could do no worse up front today.
To be honest, it was absolutely woeful, and maybe a good strategy this week is to criticize Ameobi and Lovenkrands, so that they come out next Saturday against a woeful Birmingham side, and show us what they can really do.
And quite honestly, when that first goal went in after only 10 minutes, we wondered how Newcastle could get back into the game – because they would need to score a goal to do that.
Newcastle tried their very best, there’s no doubting that, but they were simply nowhere near the class of Liverpool, and there’s not too much Alan Pardew could say following a sound defeat, which could have been even worse than 3-0 if the truth be told.
This is what Pardew said following the game to Sky Sports News:
“If we had scored that would Liverpool have been able to break out of the slumber we have got them in?””I thought the second goal was crucial in the game.”
“We took the game to them after the first goal but couldn’t quite find a moment in the box before half-time.”
“We had a good chance with Joey just after half-time and I would expect him to score that.” “If we had scored that would Liverpool have been able to break out of the slumber we had got them in?”
“Unfortunately for us Mike Williamson made a mistake which cost us the second goal, albeit outside the box by the looks of it.”
It’s all woulda coulda shoulda – if they hadn’t scored those three goals and we had taken our chances we could have won the game.
Yes – exactly – but the game didn’t go that way – and Liverpool deservedly scored three more goals than Newcastle today, and took all three points very comfortably.
Sorry to interrupt the fairy tale with some facts.
Liverpool outclassed Newcastle this afternoon, and showed the Tyneside club, that they have a long climb back to where we were under the great Bobby Robson. But we knew that before today’s game and we didn’t expect to get anything out of today in any case.
We were more upset with the performance last week, when we threw two points away at Blackpool, and that was after holding Manchester United to a point four days before the game at Bloomfield Road.
Newcastle didn’t fully turn up against Blackpool, a side we should have been able to beat – especially after they took all 3 points from us at St. James’ Park.
Alan Pardew had better make that six or seven new players in the summer, and a fair number of strikers amongst them, and some players who can put the ball into the back of net.
That’s if we are to have any chance of ending up in the top eight next season, forget the top six – there’s no chance of that.
But that’s where we are right now, and this summer transfer window will show us all, if the powers that be at the club, know just how poor Newcastle really are, when compared with the top teams in the Premier League.