Newcastle had two league defeats before yesterday’s shambles against West Ham, and we were beaten 2-0 at Chelsea and 3-0 at home to Manchester United, so to be beaten by those two top teams was not shameful, but to be beaten by newly promoted West Ham, and at home too – is not good.
Still pals after all these years – Nolan and Gutierrez before the game yesterday
And our only other defeat before yesterday was at Manchester United in the League Cup, but then came yesterday, and Newcastle looked awful in that first half, until Kevin Nolan scored in the 38th minute.
And after that Newcastle raised their game a notch or two, but couldn’t score, even though Demba Ba went close on a number of occasions and it looked like we should have had a penalty before half time when James Tomkins shoved Steven Taylor in the back, following a right wing corner and right in front of the referee.
But these are nothing but excuses, and if anything, West Ham deserved the points, and for them it was a great victory, and on Kevin Nolan’s performance yesterday, he was the one we should have kept on board at Newcastle.
We got too much money to keep Andy Carroll on Tyneside, and we had to unload Joey Barton – and Jose Enrique, who was the Man of the Match yesterday at Chelsea in Liverpool’s good 1-1 draw, wanted to leave the club.
It was a frustrating performance for the Newcastle fans yesterday, who packed St. James’ Park and there were more than 51,00 at the game, to see Newcastle go down with a poor performance.
Alan Pardew was also frustrated with both the performance and the result after the game:
“If you don’t score at home then you’re asking for trouble. We threatened the goal, we had about 8 or 9 shots, but nothing really with any purpose or quality.”
“I’m disappointed. We should have played better. We missed an opportunity in the first 20 minutes, we wasted 20 minutes, we couldn’t get going.” “We should of done better defensively for Nolan’s goal.”
“We should have just squeezed the box a little bit there. We’re behind, we’re at home, the crowd are frustrated, we’re frustrated, some of the players are frustrated.”
There will be a big over reaction to this defeat by fans and in the press, and it’s happening already, but next up for Newcastle is a home game with Swansea, who are not a bad side.
And we somehow have to hope we can get back to our winning ways soon, after claiming only 3 victories so far this season in the league – last year at this time we had 7 wins and were 3rd top of the table, behind the two Manchester clubs.
So it’s been disappointing so far this season for Newcastle and the Geordie fans.
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