The score of 3-0 gives the impression it was an easy win this afternoon for Chelsea.
Alan Pardew - at St. James’ Park this afternoon
The London side were a lot better than they’ve looked over the last several games (unfortunately), but Newcastle should have been playing against 10 men after 4 minutes.
David Luiz fouled Demba Ba as he was running onto the ball – clear through in the center forward channel – it should have been a red card and when you see the video – it’s a stone cold red card.
Referee Mike Dean’s excuse for not giving the red card was that Demba Ba didn’t have control of the ball – and that’s daft – because if you look at the video, Be was running onto the ball when Luiz hacked him down from behind.
And even after 88 minutes with the core still 1-0 and Newcastle trying to get a point and pushing forward all the time, Chelsea got their second goal after 89 minutes and their third after 93 minutes – with Newcastle down to 10 men – so it was never a 3-0 game.
But hey, Newcastle will not get into the top seven this season by beating teams like Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea, or even Tottenham, Arsenal or Liverpool for that matter.
Newcastle will get into the top seven and probably the Europa League next season by taking points off the bottom 13 sides, because Newcastle are quite likely the 7th best side in the league this season.
Newcastle’s next four games are at Norwich City, at home to Swansea and WBA, and away at Bolton Wanderers – and there’ s absolutely no reason why our lads cannot get 12 points from these games, if they play near their best form in every game.
Of course one big worry will be the injuries to Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini, but hopefully they came off quickly and may be fit very soon.
However, Alan Pardew has said after the game that it looks a bad injury to Steven Taylor – so we could be in trouble at the back in these four games, at least until Mike Williamson can get back fit again – probably in a couple of weeks.
But we haven’t had too many injuries this season either, so we cannot complain too much about them.
James Perch is available and did quite well when he came on for Colo in the first half today, but Danny Simpson can play in the center too, and Alan could bring in Davide Santon at right back.
So Pardew will have some choices to amke this week with the defense now split up if Steven Taylor is ineed out for a while.
But we just have to hope that Colo is fit for next week, because it could be that Steven Taylor is out for a while. Indeed it’s more important to pick points up against the next four opponents than it has been in the last three games.
Newcastle have dropped to 6th position in the league, and could be in 7th place if Liverpool beat Fulham on Monday night, but four wins on the trot should now be the Newcastle goal, and it’s possible, with a little bit of luck.
Today’s game was just crazy – Newcastle hitting the woodwork three times and Luiz should have been sent off – with a some luck Newcastle could have had a point today or even the win.
Let’s put it this way, if we had the luck today we had at Old Trafford last week we’d have won the game 3-0.
But football and life are like this – it’s always up and down.
Let’s make it be up over the next four games and with 38 points, at least we’ll be very near to safety in the PL for this season – even before the turn of the year.
And we may even get some new players in January.