Newcastle stand fourth top of the Premier League after last night’s 0-0 draw at QPR, but their performance against a team that may struggle in the Premier lague this season still left a lot to be desired.
Danny Simpson in action last night
But the result was a good one for Newcastle, even though we have no idea how QPR missed all those chances, especially in the first half, when striker Bothroyd could and should have had a hat trick.
The defense played well expect for Ryan Taylor, and the Liverpudlian just couldn’t contain the in-form Shawn Wright Phillips down the right wing, and Shawn was probably QPR’s best player, in a team that saw five players making their debuts.
But QPR looked much more together as a team than did Newcastle, although this Newcastle side is resilient if nothing else, and stands up when other teams would just collapse under the extreme pressure.
That was the saving grace for Newcastle last night, and they still remain undefeated this season, and have conceded only one league goal in four games.
Alan Pardew made a tactical blunder in that he played in a 4-4-2 formation, and Cabaye and Tiote were simply over run in central midfield almost the entire game, and Alan as much as admitted that after the game.
So we look for Newcastle to play in a 4-5-1 formation at Villa Park on Saturday, and at least try to get a grip on the game, and not be overwhelmed from the very first minute.
Leon Best should be the one striker up front with Shola Ameobi having one of those games for Newcastle, when he did very little right.
But Leon Best had a great move in the first half when he turned his man inside out, and then hit a great shot, but goalkeeper Kenny produced a great save low to his right to just turn the ball past the post.
The game was similar to the other four Newcastle have played this season, but this time Newcastle were not too much better in the second half, although they did tend to stem the QPR flow forward just a little.
But the lads got a good point, and while there was no flair in the side last night, Saturday will be another day at Villa Park, and Newcastle may even play well in that game – who knows?
Newcastle are 4th top and have hardly played well in any of their matches this season, so there’s something positive to take from that.
Oh and the lads are already 6 points above the drop zone, so that’s very good too.
And Alan Pardew will almost certainly play new boy Davide Santon at left back and Dan Gosling deserves a run out too.