Yohan Cabaye didn’t have one of his best games for Newcastle on Saturday.
Yohan Cabaye - not at his best on Saturday
But we expect him to improve quickly, as he finds his feet again in the Newcastle first team, after missing three games through picking up a violent conduct ban at Brighton in the FA Cup defeat.
The French midfielder was back in the starting line-up on Saturday against Wolves, but both Tiote and Cabaye were not at their best and Wolves had far too much of the midfield for comfort.
And maybe Alan Pardew should have played five across the middle of the field earlier than he did on Saturday, but 20 minutes into that second half and Wolves were level.
But that’s all water under the Tyne Bridge now of course, and the opportunity to get all 3 points after going 2-0 up after only 18 minutes was lost, as Wolves came back well with two second half goals.
The next game for Newcastle is very important but we don’t have to tell the players that.
But our lads will need to be a lot better than they were against Wolves to beat a resurgent Sunderland side, who nevertheless were thumped 4-0 at West Brom on Saturday, in their biggest defeat under new manager Martin O’Neill.
Yohan said the Newcastle players were disappointed following the game:
“It was a big disappointment for us as we were 2-0 up at half-time but started the second half very badly,”
“We were too deep. Then they scored one, two quite quickly and after that it was difficult. Wolves stayed well organised and made it difficult for us. We couldn’t find any solution.”
“I remember Fulham. We didn’t lose the game this time, but this was a similar game because we were very good in one half and not in the other.”
“We were at home and you would think it is impossible to play like we did in the second half at home. We are very disappointed.”
“We had good periods, but we have to improve before Sunderland.” “We have to work hard this week and focus to be ready, to be fit and to be well for Sunderland.”
Newcastle have a bad tendency to play the two halves as though they were a different side.
In the game at Fulham we were great in the first half and awful in the second, and on Saturday we somehow managed to lose the game after being in a winning 2-0 position at the half.
The fact that Wolves have won more points from losing positions this season than any other Premier League side, should have proved to be a warning, although at Molineax we just managed to hang on for the win, but we were a little lucky.
We were not lucky yesterday, and the Newcastle team will have to be a lot sharper next Sunday, because we just know that Martin O’Neill will have his side ready for his very first derby game against Newcastle United.