Alan Pardew would have seen in the clearest light yesterday, that Newcastle’s current attack is woeful for the Premier League.
Ben Arfa – a future great at Newcastle?
If we had played on yesterday after the 90 minutes, we wouldn’t have scored in a month of Sundays, and the lads haven’t scored in six of their last twelve games.
Of course Liverpool are playing very well these days under Kenny Dalglish, and even their defense, which was woeful at Newcastle in December, has improved immensely.
But if Alan had any doubts that he needs to strengthen the squad this summer, the toothless display yesterday will show him that Newcastle just cannot live with the big boys, not with the current squad.
Of course we have had many injuries this season, and two top players Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling were missing and may return before the end of the season in just under three weeks time.
Alan was asked this morning if the loss of Andy Carroll had hit the side since February, and this is what he said:
“The loss of Ben Arfa maybe. Suarez is what Ben Arfa can do for us. He was brought in as a link player and would provide that link play that Suarez gives Liverpool.”“That is more important than the impact Carroll had on the game, which was minimal.”
“The second goal was crucial in the game,” “After a fast start by Liverpool, their first shot, that was not the best of starts for us. We played well in that period because we took the emphasis away from them.”
“We couldn’t quite find the movement or a moment around the box. Just after half-time we had a big chance with Joey (Barton), I would have expected him to score that. It would have been difficult for them then. Williamson made a mistake and that cost us the second goal, it was outside the box by the looks of it.”
“Our strikers could be improved. We will have to work on that. We need more penetration. Jonás Gutiérrez caused problems and we affected the game a little and not the scoreline.”
“The little things fell Liverpool’s way,” “Spirit in our group is fine. The commitment and effort is honorable. We lacked a bit of quality.” “Hatem and Danny (Guthrie) were missing.”
We also have to remember yesterday that we were playing a revitalized Liverpool side, and we didn’t expect anything out of the game, and Newcastle continually stuck to their task, and tried to play good football.
Newcastle have three games left, and it seems the best we can do is 6 points from those games.
There’s good possibility of getting wins at home against Birmingham and West Brom, although West Brom won again over the weekend and ar now above Newcastle in the league, and still have only one loss since Roy Hodgson took over, and they even beat Liverpool at home.
So the easiest game left is definitely this coming Saturday, at home to Birmingham, and we just must try all out out to win that game, and win it well.