There was a time this season when we thought Newcastle had a good defense.
Cheick Tiote in action yesterday in draw with Wolves
But in the last two league games in which the lads have picked up just one point, we have conceded 7 goals.
Compare that with the first 11 games of the season when the team was unbeaten and conceded just 8 league goals.
When we were 2-0 up against relegation candidates Wolves yesterday, we even though that not only have we made a good recovery from the 5-0 hammering against Spurs, but we could even start improving our goal difference a bit in the second half.
Newcastle still managed to conceded two sloppy second half goals, against a side who had previously scored only 11 goals in their 12 league games on the road this season and couldn’t even get the win.
Our poor efforts at stopping the other side form scoring were not helped in January when out number one goal of bringing in another central defender, in case either Coloccini or Williamson were hurt, was not achieved and we didn’t manage to bring any reinforcements in at all.
That could tell in the final 12 league games of the season, against a Newcastle side trying to finish high up in the league this season.
And Cheick Tiote, back from playing for the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of nations has this to say after the game:
“It was nice to be back playing for Newcastle, but it was a disappointing result.” “I thought we were excellent in the first half but in the second half, we didn’t start so well. We gave away two bad goals and that made it hard for us.”
“When Wolves scored their first goal, I still thought we would win because we are a good team. If we had stayed compact like we normally do, then maybe we would not have conceded the second goal from the set-piece.”
“But I thought we made some mistakes in this game.” “We need to take the positives,” “We got one point and it’s better to have one point than to lose so you have to take that into the next game.”
“That’s a big game and we will try to do everything right to win that game.”
Why is is that this season Newcastle can be such a different side once the second half begins.
Sometimes we’be been terrible in the first half and great in the second half, and then we can be like yesterday, which is what we were like when we crashed 5-2 at Craven Cottage, conceding five second half goals.
We suppose at least on the positive side we only conceded two goals yesterday and got a point, as Cheick points out, although both goals were poor ones, once again.
Next up are Sunderland in a noon time kick-off next Sunday, but if we are two up in that game at the half, let’s not carried away with things, the game will still not be even half won.
It was a very disappointing result yesterday, and a poor second half display to go with the first 45 minutes of absolute disaster last time out at White Hart Lane.
In short – it’s hardly good enough – and we can only hope that things improve quickly at home next Sunday, when another sell-out crowd will be cheering on the lads at St. James’ Park.
The Newcastle fans deserve better than was served up in the second half yesterday.