One very positive thing coming out of last night’s game, amid all the doom and gloom surrounding the defeat, was the display of 19 year-old Haris Vuckic.
Alan Pardew – we were not disciplined or controlled
Haris was making his first Premier League start ever, and he looked a class player and was unlucky not to score a few times.
But the 6’3″ central midfielder already looks a majestic player who will have a big future in the game.
But he couldn’t stop this Newcastle side going down to their fourth defeat in the last six games , and continue a terrible run of results, since we beat Everton 2-1 way back on November 5th.
Pardew was asked if this six game run with only two points is a concern, and this is what he said:
“Of course the run is a concern. I thought that was evident too.” “At points we weren’t disciplined an controlled – even though you couldn’t fault their commitment to get back into it.”
“Mainly because we were so desperate to win I thought we lacked a bit of control of the game.” “Our discipline wasn’t where it was normally and that worried me a bit. We need to make sure that’s right.”
“We turned the ball over and were exposed, which isn’t like us.” “The third goal just caught us on the break. there was a bit of fortune in the goal – more or less one of their first attacks of the second half,”
“But the first half was where we got ourselves in trouble. We didn’t play well enough in the first half and were caught at times by their front two. Their front two made us edgy, I thought.”
“I felt sorry for Haris. He was terrific. He had two terrific efforts and I think he showed everybody here that he’s going to be a player for us for sure.”
The Newcastle manager also said the reason Davide Santon was replaced at half time was because of a knee injury, but it’s not thought to be serious, so that’s good news.
Davide seems to have a troublesome knee and it’s not the first time it’s bothered him this season.
West Brom’s game plan of defending stubbornly and catching Newcastle on quick breaks out of defense worked like a treat, and both Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie were just too quick for the Newcastle defense.
But this will now be a testing time for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and the rest of the coaching staff, as Newcastle must quickly get back on track, and become a lot more solid as a team, especially at the back.
That’s the way the lads were playing at the beginning of the season, when the defense was the bed-rock of the side, and we were not conceding so many goals.
What do you think?