Newcastle looked good in that first half yesterday but as the second half went on we seemed to be more and more on the defensive.
Demba Ba - scored one and missed one yesterday
It was Wolves at Molineaux and although they are not a top team they can give many sides a tough time of it at Molineaux and so it proved with Newcastle in that second half.
But we also don’t want to take credit away from the Newcastle players who doggedly saw the game out towards the end of the second half, and yes we had a bit of luck, but the lads probably earned that luck.
There’s no way we are going to get carried away by being a top four side this year, with the team currently 2 points ahead of Chelsea in 3rd place and Chelsea playing at Bolton today.
But a top eight finish would be terrific and Newcastle must try to keep picking points up in every single game because if Newcastle can get into Europe next season and finish in a respectable top eight position we’ll be able to attract better players next summer.
Alan Pardew is still thinking about avoiding relegation, which puts a nice little bit of reality on things:
“We still have 25 points to go before we reach our first target but to get 15 from our first seven matches is a great achievement.”
Mick McCarthy, just like Steve Kean of Blackburn last week blamed the referee for the defeat, but Newcastle should have won by more than the 3-1 last week, and Blackburn were just hopeless yesterday in a 4-0 defeat at home to Manchester City.
Why their Indian owners sacked Sam Allardyce last November and replaced him with Steve Kean, who’s a good man, but has never managed a club before, we’ll never know – but it was a disastrous decision for the club.
And Mick McCarthy yesterday had a much better case than Kean had last week, and Wolves were unlucky, there’s no doubt about that.
But we’re certainly not going to apologize for winning the game yesterday, after Newcastle scored two class goals and Ba should have made it 3-0 after 65 minutes when he was clean through with just the goalkeeper to beat.
And we just wonder with the relegation sides, and we hope Newcastle are not one of them, how many times the referee will be the reason for a defeat. It never seems to be anything to do with the fact they are not a good team.
Newcastle have done great in this first part of the season, that’s all we can say – and long may it continue.
Just think what Newcastle could be like when we get French International Ben Arfa and Italian International 20 year-old Davide Santon integrated into the side.
While we may not have the great strength in depth of the Manchester sides or Chelsea, Dan Gosling and other good players cannot make the bench at Newcastle at the moment, so the squad is a lot stronger than it was last year.
Howay The Lads!!