It was a bad defeat today for Newcastle, and since we’ve been flying high since the start of last season, we don’t expect to be beaten at home by mediocre teams like West Ham, but that’s what happened today, and after 11 league games we are 11 points behind the pace we set last season.
Kevin Nolan scores – and look at the reaction of Steven Taylor
Kevin Nolan scored the only goal of the game just before half time, and then Andy Carroll missed the proverbial sitter after 74 minutes – thanks to a great save from Tim Krul – otherwise it could have been even worse with our two former players scoring in the game.
And credit to Kevin Nolan for not celebrating after he scored, although you could see he wanted to after he put home a low diagonal cross into the net – let be truthful – Kevin was a class act at Newcastle, and he showed today he has not changed.
Alan Pardew was as frustrated as the rest of the Newcastle fans this afternoon, and we had a great turn-out of over 51,000 fans at St, James’ Park, and after the game the Newcastle manager had this to say to Sky Sports:
“At home we want to get the fans in the stadium in a good place but we didn’t start well.” “And then we’ve conceded when we should have squeezed the pitch in that situation. Then we’ve got a battle on our hands.”
“West Ham with the way they play, it’s very stop-start. There are a lot of set-plays going into your box and it’s fragmented.” “They had a little bit more power on the pitch. But we still created loads of chances.”
“One looks close to being over the line. We needed a break but we didn’t get that today.” “We have had nine efforts on goal today and that’s enough for two goals really but the shots were just lacking in quality and the final pass was lacking imagination.”
“We’ve given everything we can and we’ve come off losing today.”
Alan’s right that we created lots of chances today, but we just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net, and after West Ham scored luck was on their side. But we also have to start these games as though we want to win them, and we didn’t start to play until we were 1-0 down and then we were the better side.
But it could be that we just don’t have a good enough or big enough squad right now, to cope with European competition in addition to the home program, and we still think that Newcastle will try to fortify their squad by bringing in new players in January.
It may sound silly but we think a defeat could be more positive for Newcastle today than another draw, because we are forced to face the reality of defeat at home against a mediocre side, and if we had managed a draw, then local reporters would talk about 7 games without defeat.
That means nothing, and wins are what count in football these days , and draws are not what gets you up the league table – and to that end – defeats are not much worse than draws.
This could turn out to be a positive for Newcastle – although we agree – it doesn’t seem like that right now – this defeat is hard to take.
What do you think?
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