It’s really hard not to be disappointed today, with the way Newcastle literally threw away two valuable points this afternoon against a poor Wolves side.
Alan Pardew – feels like a defeat
After the 5-0 thrashing two weeks ago, and the 5-2 defeat at Fulham, we expected Newcastle could go out and make amends today at St, James’ Park against what is after all a poor Wolves side who had been thrashed 5-1 by West Brom last time out.
And with two good goals scored in the first 18 minutes, Newcastle fans would have at least expected Newcastle to have won the game.
But no – in front of over 52,000 fans today – they somehow managed to let Wolves back in the game with two poor goals conceded in the second half.
And it’s hard to think this Newcastle defense is strong enough or good enough for us to become a top side again.
And the failure to bring in another defender last month could cost the club dearly in the run-in to this season – that’s unless the Newcastle coaching staff can find some way of getting our defense to play better.
It’s a terrible result and a disappointing performance from our lads today – and it’s another result that’s hard to take.
Alan Pardew had this to say to Sky Sports after today’s game:
“It obviously feels like a defeat really,” “When you’re 2-0 up and you’re Newcastle United at home, at half time, you’ve got to win, and unfortunately we haven’t.”
“The opposition had a good part to play in that. They had a great attitude, they wouldn’t lie down. They got a bit of a fortunate goal and they ended up getting a point, which they probably deserved.”
“But for us I’m not overly disappointed. It could be a lot worse. After Spurs we needed to just get ourselves back to something like our normal selves, which we were today. But we still should have won.”
“We were a bit rusty in areas and our passing wasn’t as fluid as it normally is,” he added. “(We were) cheap with possession at times. But we got goals in our team.
“The one thing we’ve got to stop is giving goals away. The second goal was really disappointing. We’ve still got bits to work on.”
“That game will do them well, especially Cabaye and Cheick.” “I think they needed that game. We’ve got a huge game next week for this football club and they’ll be in better shape for that.”
The Newcastle defense are simply leaking too many goals, and we need to bring in at least two good defenders in the summer – and with Steven Taylor coming back then maybe that will be enough – maybe.
But this is not the performance we were looking for from Newcastle today, and it’s another disappointment, and the lads did not pass the ball well today.
Alan says the lads looked a bit rusty, so we hope they can get rid of some of that rust next week in training, before we face Sunderland on Sunday, who were hammered 4-0 at West Brom today – and that’s nine goals WBA have scored in their last two games.
But I suppose we shouldn’t over-react too much either, since it’s just one game we suppose – that’s true isn’t it?
But it’s the second game in a row that Newcastle fans have had a result that’s very difficult to take – not many can argue with that.