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It’s Only One Game After All – Thank Goodness For That

8:49 am, Sunday, February 12th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Cheick Tiote · Coaching · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor · Yohan Cabaye



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cardboy // Feb 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Always going to be some freak results, sure the lads will bounce back HWTL

  • 2 m1c4a3lg // Feb 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    1st love it lol.

  • 3 m1c4a3lg // Feb 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    2nd then, ye true I knew we wud do poorly yesterday but not that bad, heads up tho nd move on,

  • 4 ToonHeart // Feb 12, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    I don’t see why we have to be so nagative? yeah we lost. all teams have crap days and yesterday was our crap day. We learn from these, hence why we are still in the top half of the table… onwards and upwards :)

  • 5 Steve_48 // Feb 12, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Gutted

  • 6 Zangwill_Ho // Feb 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    But it really not a one game only. It would impact a lot. Don’t say game is game anymore. Lost is lost. Weak is weak. Why Ed you don’t say Chelsea and Liverpool lost only one game yesterday , they will win more and more. It is only one game after all. What the fuxk? Why don’t do better ourselves? Always say .thank goodness ?!? Wrong is wrong . Nothing can be changed. Please believe we will not keep in top five any more in thus season if we still play like yesterday. Use wrong players , use a wrong plan.

  • 7 Diggedydaws // Feb 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Thank god, a thread free of that Indianmagpie and his chum gorgonzola!

    I think Modric is the one who does the damage against us, he ran twice at us with the ball in the 1st 5 mins and we went into a shell and didn’t want to advance, he ran us ragged a SJP too.

  • 8 Geordiedoonsooth // Feb 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Problem is while all the top sides have had a freak result Arsenal v Manu 1-8, Man U v Man C 0-6, Chelsea v Arsenal 3-5. Spurs v Man C 0-5. We have had 4 really bad results, Blackburn League Cup, Brighton FAC, Fulham & now Spurs in the league. Our defence without Saylor isn’t good enough and our MF without Tiote & Cabaye is poor. As for loaning out Ferguson I would play him instead of Obertan.

  • 9 F. U. Ashley // Feb 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    I think yesterday the naivety of Pardew really showed away from home against a top side. Do we really need our 2 full backs charging up the pitch like they’re Ryan Giggs? we get caught out at the back far to often – when the other team has the ball we should have a line of 4 at the back – just like every other team seems to – not a line of 2 or even 1. Our CBs get dragged out to the wings covering for Santon and Simpson who have both gone charging up field and can’t get back. When we play away from home especially we need a solid line at the back, let the offensive players do the attacking. I’m well chuffed with the season so far as a whole, but everyone can see what needs changing on days like that. We should have been defending as a team for the first 20 minutes or so and gradually start breaking away, not leaving ourselves wide open from the start. We need a good win against Wolves with Tiote and Cabaye back to set us up for the Mackem game.

  • 10 Ian Magpie // Feb 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Sorry Ed but it isn’t just ONE game????? What bout the 5 we shipped wat toFulhm and the defeat awy to a very averge Brighton!!!!!! Yes we are 6th and this is great and long may it continue but dont forget that we have a long long long way to go before we are looked upon in this league as a good team!

  • 11 Lynxie // Feb 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    This is not just ONE game, it is becoming a worrying trend as teams have sussed out how to get at us. Down the right flank. Bellendamy / Downing did it for Luckypool, Hoilett did it time and again for Blackburn (result excepted), NZogbia tor Simpson a new one last week, Brighton profitted from the same. the list goes on and on. A defensive UNIT needs to defend. Simmo seems to think he is our prime attacking threat. Obertan is just a waste of a pair of underpants, and needs the biggest kick up the starfish since Albert Luque and Wayne Fereday.
    At least last night has exploded the myth that Danny Guthrie is more than a match for nmormal french playmaker. Quite simply, Cabaye should be the second name on the sheet after Tiote. Pardew should never have taken the liberty of thinking that our 4 men were anywhere near as good as Spurs 4 internationa players. They would not have had such an easy night against 5 grafters (Abeid?) of which ‘Megamind’ is definately not one.

  • 12 derekm // Feb 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    At least four pivotal players missing against a pumped up spurs and a crowd baying for Harry to stay, from a team that has been outstanding all season – whats; everyone;s beef?. We are now at the point where Spurs were three years ago – beginning to build a squad capable of taking on the big boys, so to be a point off champions league qualification at this stage of the season is what everyone should be focusing on – marvellous.
    Arsenal and Chelsea away are the only games I cannot seeing us getting anything out of, so plus 60 points is within our reach, and the Spurs result should be put to bed NOW and we should be looking at the bigger picture.

  • 13 AndyMac // Feb 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Ed says:

    “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?”

    Ed it aint rocket science. We always perform poorly in crunch games and in particular crunch games against the “Top Six”

    Since Pardwho arrived at the club we’ve won only two games against the Top Six and one of those was Pardwho’s first in charge against Liverpool, which hardly counts as a Pardwho inspired win.

    The bloke is not capable of going toe to toe with top managers, or top sides, on a regular basis but it’s the hand we’ve been dealt by the Fatman. If you bring in a puppet, he’ll dance to your tune but dont expect miracles.




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