For the second time in four league games Newcastle conceded five goals yesterday.
Adebayor looked unplayable yesterday and Saha wasn’t bad either
And four of those were in the first half at White Lane yesterday, and we conceded five in a similar collapse at Craven Cottage three weeks ago, so where did our strong and tough defense go?
We knew it would be a tough game in London yesterday, and maybe the hardest game left in the 14 games we still had to play, but the performance of Newcastle in the first half yesterday was completely abysmal, and that’s trying to be kind.
It was very like the game at St. James’ Park last February against Arsenal in that first half, when it looked like every time the opposition attacked we would concede a goal.
We were 2-0 down after just five minutes yesterday and 4-0 down after 38 minutes, and there was never going to be the comeback Newcastle launched in the second half in that famous Arsenal game of a year ago.
The strange thing about Newcastle is that in the last six games they have lost only two, and those were the terrible defeats in London, and what happened in the other four league games?
We won them all against Manchester United, QPR and Aston Villa at home and Blackburn away – so in those six games we still have 12 points – which is a good points total.
Unfortunately Newcastle now have next weekend off, but we are still 6th in the league although our goal difference has been hammered by having those big defeats in London.
It stands at 0, much worse than the teams around us, and it could even cost us a European place next season, and even Sunderland’s is at +8 as they are in 9th place in the league.
The next two home games are against Wolves and Sunderland, so the goal has to be to win both those games, and we should have Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote and Ryan Taylor back for those games. The three of them were missed yesterday big time.
We should be able to win the game against Wolves, and that will go a long way to putting the terrible display and result of yesterday behind us.
But Alan Pardew and the coaches need to find out why this team collapses every so often , because it happens too much, and why the lads sometimes just seem to lose their concentration totally, we have no idea.
But we were not at our strongest yesterday, and it just shows that Newcastle’s squad is not strong enough or big enough, and surely the transfer window in the summer will become more active for Newcastle now.
When we have our best side out we are a match for any team, but when we don’t we are not, and sometimes we look like a very poor side, as we did yesterday.
The second half was a bit better yesterday, with Shane Ferguson showing up quite well on the left wing, but we need to increase the strength in depth of this squad this summer.
It’s only one game and only 3 points lost, and we didn’t expect to get much out of this game.
But we do expect Pardew and his players to look through the video of the game, and learn from it. What exactly happened and how can they correct those flaws in the future?
Two wins at home in the next two games and we’ll be flying high again.
And don’t forget that Chelsea and Liverpool both lost yesterday, and both sides are not particularly good sides this season, despite all the money spent on their players, and they are not playing well at the moment.
The game after Sunderland is in London again at Arsenal, and that will be a test to ensure we don’t collapse for a third time running in the capital, and have the game lost in the first 20 minutes.
But it’s gone and it’s over now, and thank goodness for that.