Newcastle looked hopeless in that first half on Saturday at White Hart Lane.
Mike Williamson challenging Adebayor on Saturday
And it showed in the score-line, when Newcastle were trailing 4-0 after just 34 minutes, and we wondered how many goals Newcastle would concede before they woke up, came to their senses, and started to defend like we know they can.
Thankfully the lads only conceded one more goal, and that was in the second half, but it could have been a lot worse than 5-0.
And we even got off lightly given the complete dominance of Spurs in the first 45 minutes – so that was the good news. 😀
And surely Alan Pardew now has to work on the defense in the next couple of weeks to try to shore it up – and to think we once had a decent defense earlier this season.
Mike Williamson talked about how hopeless Newcastle were in that first half, and he’s right about that
“The first half, indeed the first 20 minutes, were a disaster for us,” “You just can’t do that against quality teams like Tottenham and we paid the ultimate penalty.”
“We got it together a bit more in the second half, which pleased us, but of course it was far too late.”
“We didn’t give Demba Ba or Papiss Cisse much to feed off, just scraps really, and that obviously didn’t help either. Credit to Tottenham though, they’re a top side and deserve to be where they are in the league.”
“Our sole aim now is to bounce back against Wolves, as we’ve got ourselves into a great position in the league, and want to keep pushing on.”
We have Steven Taylor missing for the season with his Achilles injury, and with the form he was in at the beginning of the season, he would be a starter again next season.
But we need another top center-back and a top full back brought in this summer, and that’s assuming Danny Simpson stays on Tyneside and signs his new deal.
Next up for Newcastle are Wolves and they were also hopeless at home yesterday, when West Brom took them to the cleaners by a score of 5-1, scoring four goals in the second half.
So in the next game, two teams will be meeting who let in 5 goals in their previous game, and both will no doubt be trying to pacify their fans which a much improved performance, as Mike admits our lads will be trying to do.
Wolves at home is a game Newcastle should win, and we’ll have three good players back in the side with Cheick Tiote back from the African Cup of Nations, Yohan Cabaye back from his three match ban, and Ryan Taylor back from his slight ankle injury.
Cheick will be lamenting how the Ivory Coast never conceded one goal in all their six games in Africa, but they still lost to Zambia 8-7 on penalties in the final last night, after extra time ended 0-0.
The first 14 penalties were scored, with Tiote taking the very first one, and then three were missed, with Kolo Toure and Gervinho missing for the Ivorians, before Sunzyu scored to give Zambia their very first win ever in the competition.
And Didier Drogba missed a penalty in normal time after 70 minutes, when he blazed the ball over the cross-bar.
The Ivorians will not be feeling great this morning, but that’s the way football goes sometimes – it’s tough. And we wonder how many very good and comparatively unknown players Zambia have in their side?
Quite a few we would imagine – and we are assuming Newcastle have been checking them out.