Magpies’ Leaky Defense Letting Them Down

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.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • nufcsg

    Feb 26, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #1

    We started conceding goals ever since we lost Steven Taylor. Willo is a decent cover but slow at times. Santon came on well, in fact, very well.. Simmo is the weakest link in the back line and most goals conceded came from his side. IMO, we shld get a better fullback and 2 CB, one as cover the other providing competition for Willo and Saylor.

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 26, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #2

    We could have so easily lost this game, some of the performances today were terrible. Willo and Ben Arfa just didn’t turn up today same goes for Ba….. Well in fact the whole team.

    It’s a point at the end of the day and Sunderland losing 4 nil sweetens things up again but our performances have been deteriorating over the months. Top half finish and ten points above the unwashed and thats a successful season.

    Rebuild in the summer and possibly European football in 2014……….. god that sounds so long away.

  • Bao Zheng

    Feb 26, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #3

    We had this game won 20 minutes in. Then we saw a display of lazy sloppy play where the whole team just sat back for 60 minutes with the cigar on. At 2s each we upped the pace and confirned that if we had made an effort for the whole 90 we would have cruised to a 4 0 win. This is not the fault of Mike Williamson, although he did have a poor day. Discipline on the field is the responsibility of the captain and it seems to me Collocini is not providing the leadership needed. The tactic of sitting back and letting the other team play rather than doing what gave us a 2 0 lead is Pardews responsibility. Is this what he means by controlling the game? I have a feeling one more collapse like that and we will have a new manager for next season.

  • OZ2

    Feb 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Never been a fan of Perch but he is much better than Williamson at CB. Willo was very very poor on Sat,he did not look confident at all.

  • Double Demba

    Feb 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Simpson is losing focus and getting out of position. This aint helped by the fact that Willo is slow and Simmo is trying to cover to much ground.

    When Talyor was in the team Simmo’s job was much easier. It’s not hard to see that since taylor was injured we’ve gone from joint best defence in the league to a very poor one.

    We desperately need Douglas, Vorsah or Mbgiwa.

    And with Simmo not signing his contract offer then a new RB.

  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #6

    forget Danny Simpson1 he isn’t a great player but you lot are like sheep jumping on the same opinion… Mike Williamson is by far the weakest link in that team right now.. the guy is terrible on the ball, he miss times headers, he moves like a slug and lacks any kind of concentration. HE ALONE was at fault for the second goal. He miss judged a header and headed a ball down into the six yard box that is just ridiculous. He constantly gave away freekicks getting turned by players that are hardly considered pacy Williamson isn’t even worthy cover because if we have to go as many games as we have with this championship (at best) CB we are f**ked. I’d rather have Perch play there at least he can run. We need 2 CB in the summer 1 to challenge colo and Taylor and 1 young promising CB. Truth is we have been awful on the pitch since the Man utd game and it isn’t getting addressed.


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