I suppose we have our own ways of reacting to Newcastle when they leak goals with almost every attack from the opposition.
Ryan Taylor – after scoring great goal at Sunderland
It happened against Arsenal last February, and then again in the second half at Craven Cottage last month, and it happened in the first half on Saturday at White Hart Lane.
I started to shout instructions at the players on the TV, but my wife Madeline reminded me it probably wouldn’t do them much good – and it didn’t.
Some people turn the TV off, and that’s what my son Neil did when we were hammered in that second half at Fulham, and he wouldn’t have been the only Newcastle fan to have found it just too painful to watch.
Of course when we do well and win I love watching the games over again on TV, but when we get beat I never bother watching a replay of the game – never – funny that. 😀
It seems that Ryan Taylor had a hard job watching the game last Saturday too, as he had this to say to the local press today:
“It’s not nice,” “You want to turn off but you feel like you can’t.” “The boys are like family and you always want them to do well.”
“It’s not nice when it’s 5-0 and there’s nothing you can do about it.” “Being injured is the worst part of football,” “I watched the game and I was disappointed with the result.”
“I felt for the boys because the effort was there but we caught Tottenham on a good day. With everything that went on with Harry it was always going to be tough.”
“To go 2-0 down in the first six minutes you’re more or less fighting a losing battle because Spurs at home don’t really concede many and with the players they have they’re always likely to score.”
“We gave ourselves a massive task and we just couldn’t do anything on the day.” “It’s the worst part of football when you’re injured and not able to do anything.”
“I’m sure the lads will want to bounce back against Wolves, especially in front of the home fans.”
There has to be a good reason why the Newcastle defense sometimes doesn’t seem to concentrate too well.
There was a reason against Arsenal a year ago, because the lads were still stunned that Andy Carroll had been allowed to leave the club just five days previously, but what was the reason on Saturday?
It has to be lack of concentration, and surely that can be corrected?
The defense has been good, especially when Steven Taylor was in the back line earlier this season, but we still need to bring in a top center-back and a top full back this summer, and they need to be players who will immediately challenge for a first team position.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Montpellier and Erik Pieters of PSV would be two players we’d love to see join Newcastle in the summer.
In our poll of four center-backs we’ve been linked with, it seems that Yanga-Mbiwa tops the poll at the moment – with the poll still open:
Comments very welcome.