We thought it was exactly what the Doctor ordered when Newcastle were all over Wolves early in the game yesterday.
Jonas Gutierrez after scoring great goal yesterday
And two good goals scored in the first 18 minutes by Papiss Cisse and Joans Gutierrez, and things were starting to look up.
But even when the lads were 2-0 up at home in front of over 52,000 faithful fans, we still couldn’t get the job done and the team wilted in the second half.
Heaven help us next week if the same thing happens against Sunderland, that’s all we’ll say, and hope for the best against the old rivals next Sunday afternoon.
Alan Pardew admits to making a tactical mistake yesterday, when he didn’t change the formation quickly enough in that second half, when Wolves packed the midfield with five players across the park.
This is what Alan had to say after the game:
“It was two points gone, but we need to take the point and say ‘Let’s move on’,” ”Two-nil is always a scoreline where, if they can get that goal, if they get the next one they’re back in the game.”
“I just felt if I could have changed it just before I did we could have restricted that.” “But the five in midfield worked for them – and fair play to the players and management there, they did a good job and deserved their point.”
“There was a little bit of after effect from Spurs,” “We could have pushed in a little bit more – especially our full-backs – but we were a bit nervous after being given the runaround at Tottenham.
“I think that had an effect. But we were far better for that performance, I could be a lot more disappointed than I am, because it’s a game where some of our players have played below their level.”
“In particular the players who came back in, they needed that game. Cheick in particular had to get back up to Premier League speed – Cabaye started to get some form towards the end of the game I thought. I think we will be better set for next weekend.”
We hope Cheick and Yohan will be better next Sunday against Sunderland, because if we are to get the win and stop a side from scoring goals - finally - they’ll have to be at or near their best form.
But it’s a sad state of affairs when our best side yesterday, couldn’t get the job done after roaring ahead by 2-0 before 20 minutes of the game had been played.
I suppose we have to be thankful that we at least got a point, because we could have also lost the game yesterday, such was the lack of confidence at the back in those final 45 minutes.
But Newcastle must now bring in at least two new top defenders this summer, and that’s assuming we keep all our current back line, including both Coloccini and Simpson.