The result at Carrow Road today was not good, but the performance was very good, but Newcastle paid dearly for very poor defending from crosses and corners into the box this afternoon.
Norwich score the first goal this afternoon
The good news is that Davide Santon looks some player, and we’d be very surprised if he doesn’t start at either full-back position next Saturday against Swansea City.
And it’s a good time for Davide to come in when we are playing two of the weaker sides at home in Swansea and WBA .
But Newcastle’s lack of cover in defense was brutally exposed by Norwich today as all four of the goals conceded came from free headers in the penalty box.
Newcastle were missing there three best center-backs backs today in Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor, who is now out for the season.
But there seems every chance that Pardew will have Coloccini and Willaimson available for next week’s game.
Alan Pardew was down to earth after the game and said you cannot concede the goals Newcastle conceded today:
“You can’t concede three set-plays in the Premier League and that is what we have done today,”
“I think there was extra emphasis on them to go and attack knowing we did not have our three first-choice centre-backs on the pitch.”
“And I think any Premier League team is going to struggle with that.”
And to make things just a little worse for Newcastle, Dan Gosling managed to get himself sent off after 65 minutes with a daft two footed challenge, which looked a red card when he made the challenge.
And Alan had no complaints about the sending off:
“I don’t think he has gone to hurt the player, but he was late for sure, so he has put himself in the ball park for being sent off and unfortunately he was,”
“We were right in the game then so that was disappointing.”
The doom and gloomers will be coming out in full force now, from all corners, after two successive defeats and seven goals conceded, after being extremely quiet so far this season. 😀
We’ll now suddenly become a relegation side – you watch.
Alan Pardew will quickly become a hopeless manager, after he took Newcastle to their joint best league start ever, with seven wins and four draws in their first 11 games.
But anybody who saw the game had to take a lot of good things away from it.
Newcastle just never give up, and looked a good side moving forward today, with good performances from Demba Ba, Shola Ameobi and Davide Santon, and an excellent late ten minute sub appearance on the right wing from young Sammy Ameobi.
It;s not as bad as it may look, but now Newcastle must try to strengthen the squad in January, and the top seven remains a good possibility for this attacking Newcastle side, who have had no luck at all in their last two games.
Keep the faith – and the situation Newcastle are in is nothing that two successive home wins against mediocre opposition wont cure.
Howay The Lads!!