Newcastle were almost the opposite of the Newcastle side of the first 11 games of the season, as they let in three goals and looked anything but water-tight in defense.
Haris Vuckic in action last night
But at least there were a couple of things very positive things to take out of last night’s 3-2 home defeat against West Brom.
Demba Ba looked a terrific striker once again, and now he has 13 goals in 18 appearances for Newcastle, after he scored another brace last night, and he took both goals brilliantly.
And 19 year-old Haris Vuckic looked what he is last night, a potential future super-star in central midfield, as the 6’3″ youngster strode around majestically in midfield.
And Haris has talked today about last night’s game:
“At 2-2 I grabbed the ball and thought ‘we have to get the win now’. We went for it.” “In football you never know, they had chances to score too. We just have to stick together and be patient.”
“Now we just have to get a good result at Bolton.” “When you do that, you get more motivation to grow in the game step by step. I tried to pull off some good passes and shots.”
“The confidence was building in the team. We wanted to prove we could do it.” “The fans were as good as gold unfortunately we couldn’t score the goal to win the game or take the point.”
“I am happy to get my chance.” “The things that I did were good, I tried my best and hopefully I proved to the fans that I can do it.”
“We had our chances on the night and we deserved the minimum of a draw.” “Hopefully we can win next time.”
Vuckic got his game because of the one game suspension of Yohan Cabaye, and the French International will be back for Bolton Wanderers on Monday, and Harris will probably end up on the bench.
And as good as Haris is, Frenchman Mehdi Abeid is on about at the same level, and it was touch and go who played last night.
But both lads could be pushing for a first team place this season, and certainly next season.
We don’t need too many central midfielders in the summer, unless we lose Cheick Tiote next month or in the summer, to one of the big clubs after him.
In fact Haris was the pick of the side last night apart from the mercurial Demba Ba, who looks so hungry to score goals these days, and scored another two great goals last night.
What a buy this player has been – and how much did he cost again?
In our man of the Match voting on the home page, Ba is tops at 61% followed by Vuckic on 28%.
Then comes Ben Arfa at 6%, who again looked a skillful and good player when he came on in the second half, and that was good to see – and James Perch is in fourth place on 2%.
Even though James is simply not a center-back, and has been criticized a lot recently, he has to be given credit for the way he’s buckled down, and last night he was fairly solid.
And in fact it was Coloccini who was for once was not at his best, as he found the nimble Shane Long too quick for him at times.
But however well Perch played, we think Pardew should bring in Mike Williamson on Monday, who is a tried and true center-back, and has played there all his footballing life.
Whether we can arrest the surprising decline of Newcastle on Monday afternoon (at least as far as results go), we don’t know, but Bolton are by no means one of the top teams in the league.
They are second bottom of the league and have won only one of their eight games at home this season, losing the other seven.
We should be able to win that game, shouldn’t we?