Newcastle now find themselves in a terrible run of results, with just 2 points from the last six games, and only one point from the last three games against much lower opposition, and two of those were at home.
Haris Vuckic – looked a good player last night
It’s obvious where the problem lies – it’s the defense – and since Steven Taylor has been out we have looked a different side, and very prone to giving silly goals away at the back.
Up front and in midfield we looked okay last night, with Demba Ba simply brilliant with another two goals , and if he scores many more goals, some top club may even come in for him next month.
Ba now has 13 PL goals in just 18 appearances for Newcastle – and 20 goals in 31 appearances this year, if you include his exploits at West Ham earlier this year.
And we saw Haris Vuckic prove why he’s such a hot young property in central midfield, and he hit the bar last night with a wonderful long range shot, forced a terrific save from Ben Foster with another, and almost scored again with a close-in opportunity.
Haris can be very pleased with that performance last night, and he could be forcing his way into starting place consideration more quickly than we expected, and may even challenge for the withdrawn striker role?
This is what Pardew said after the game:
“Demba was terrific. He was the pick of the bunch with two great goals and a great all-round display. It typified his season.”
“But six games without a win is a concern and that was evident tonight. The crowd were a bit desperate and we were a bit desperate.”
“But you can’t win Premier League games unless you are disciplined and controlled.”
WBA showed those qualities last night as a team, and they have now taken 14 points from their nine away games this season, which is the fifth best away record in the Premier League.
Discipline was one of the problems last night with Newcastle, and it’s been true in the last three games too, we have not been disciplined especially at the back, and in the last 6 games we’be conceded a massive 14 goals..
All three of West Brom’s goals last night looked like Newcastle had been ambushed, and came after Newcastle had enjoyed long spells, seemingly in control of the game.
But you cannot keep letting soft goals in like Newcastle did last night and expect to win too many games in the Premier League.
James Perch is simply not a center-back, however hard he has tries to be one in this emergency role, and while he had some good tackles and plays last night, we have to think that Mike Williamson will now be rushed back, for the Monday night game at Bolton.
That had also looked like a fairly easy three points for Newcastle last night, but so did our last two games and even three games, all against lower sides in the league.
But we have just a single point from those three games and have conceded seven goals in the process.
The result last night was a devastating one, but the play was not, even though all three goals were very poor ones to give away.
Newcastle players will have less confidence now with just two points out of six games, and that could be the big problem, but they will have to snap out of this as quickly as possible.
They will need to play at Bolton as though their lives depended on winning that game, and don’t expect Lady Luck to be on their side.
It certainly hasn’t been in five of the last six matches, with only the Man United game where Newcastle seemed to have any good fortune at all – and yes we had a lot of it in that second half.
Newcastle made headlines earlier in the season with their magnificent run of results, but now we are making them for the exact opposite reason – a terrible run of results.
The players have to stick together and concentrate a lot more than they’ve been doing , especially in defense, and surely Mike Williamson now has to be put back in the starting line-up.
That’s whether he’s match fit or not, because we have no cover at all in the back four, and quite simply he’s the best we have available.
The squad is proving what we all always thought – that it’s completely paper-thin.
But surprisingly Newcastle are still very well placed in the league table and it’s certainly not the time to panic, but rather coolly look at what happened last night, analyze it and take that into the next game at Bolton on Monday afternoon.
The sooner Newcastle can get a win, the quicker we will be over his nightmare spell of results.
Bolton will look at last night’s game and think they can get a second win on the trot next Monday afternoon, and we’ll see what this Newcastle team is made of in the next two or three games.