Newcastle conceded three goals last night, and that was the fourth time in the last six games that Newcastle have conceded three or more goals in a game.
What has happened to our defense?
Alan Pardew – after the game tonight
And it was simply a terrible result for Newcastle, who were way below par in the first half, but came back in the second half and played somewhere near the way they can play, but again they missed a lot of chances.
And the Magpies were caught on the break for all three goals that West Brom scored, and we assume Alan will pick the back four for our next game at Bolton Wanderers on Monday afternoon – and then drill them and drill them and drill them – you know what we mean.
The pace of players like Shane Long seemed too much for the Newcastle defense, as the Irishman went storming down the wing on the counter-attack more than once last night.
This is what Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:
“It’s an upsetting game for us to lose because we are at home.” “The first half I didn’t think we played anywhere near to our ability.”
“Second half we did. We came back from a goal down. We was bossing proceedings, looking like we were going to get back into it, and when we got the second goal it set us up for a grand stand finish.”
“But then to get done on the counter attack because of us looking for the win, maybe we were a little bit too desperate tonight.”
“We would have had 30 points if we won tonight and maybe we wanted it too much, and didn’t play as controlled as we usually do.”
“We were creating chance after chance before we scored and then when we did we thought there we go, we can win it, but the front two for West Brom Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie were a threat all night.
“They got down the side and had a bit of fortune for the goal I thought.”
The defense has become far too porous in these last six games, and we have conceded 7 goals in the last three games alone, against fairly mediocre opposition.
And Newcastle must find somebody else who can score goals other then Demba Ba, who scored another two brilliant goals tonight, and now has 13 of Newcastle’s 23 league goals, and more than everybody else put together.
While that’s great for Ba, who has been absolutely brilliant for Newcastle all season, but it’s not good for the Newcastle side, and other strikers must step up to the plate.
Newcastle have only 2 points from the last 6 games, after getting 25 points from the first 11 games of the season – a huge contrast between the two segments of the season so far.
But Newcastle must now try to get the win at second bottom Bolton Wanderers on Monday afternoon, but to do that the Newcastle defense will have to be an awful lot better than the way they played tonight.