Newcastle’s display last night was a lot better than the result – which was a disaster.
Demba Ba – in terrific form last night
For the second game in a row, Newcastle were unable to get a win at home against a side lower down in the league, and in fact we have only one point to show from those two home games.
And our next game against second bottom Bolton at the Reebok Stadium looked like an easy 3 points, but we’re not at all sure about that now.
Confidence means a lot in football, and Newcastle’s confidence is not high at the moment, and after Newcastle were on the front foot last night for the first 20 minutes, WBA got a shock goal.
And it’s true what they say that goals change games – and you could see the confidence return to the West Brom side after they had scored that first goal.
What would have happened if Newcastle has scored the first goal last night we have no idea – but we didn’t.
And if Newcastle can keep the goals down, we have a striker in great form in Demba Ba, who again looked awesome last night, and scored another 2 goals to make it 13 in just 18 appearances this season for Newcastle.
And to think in the last 6 games the Senegal striker has scored five goals including two braces, and Newcastle have just two points from those games.
And Pardew offered this praise for the Newcastle striker:
“He’s been brilliant this year and probably the pick of our bunch tonight. His all-round play was terrific.”
“We just need to get back to what we were doing at the start of the season. Tonight we were good in patches, but patches aren’t good enough.
“We need to get that win under our belt otherwise we are going to put ourselves under pressure. The longer you go without a win the more unsettling it can be for the group.”
Newcastle will now need to regroup for the Bolton Wanderers game next Monday afternoon, but the emphasis in training has to be on becoming more organized, and especially in defense.
We must stop conceding soft goals, otherwise this bad run could continue.