I had breakfast with my son Neil today, and he mentioned that there seemed to be a lack of leadership in the Newcastle team yesterday, and that’s the first time we’ve seen that lack of leadership in a Newcastle side for a while.
Jonas Gutierrez tackled by Andy Carroll yesterday
But Fabricio Coloccini is out suspended, and Jonas Gutierrez, the stand-in captain, had to leave the filed after only 23 minutes, and of course we were without Cheick Tiote, who always provides some energy to the center of the park, even though he gets booked an awful lot of times.
Newcastle had enough chances to win this game and they forced former Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen into several fine saves in the second half to keep the clean sheet, and to be fair West Ham played very well yesterday, and looked a decent side.
Alan Pardew talked about the game to nufcTV:
“If you don’t score at home then you’re asking for trouble.” “We threatened the goal and had eight or nine shots but nothing with any real purpose or quality; one good effort from Yohan (Cabaye) that they blocked away but no, I’m disappointed.”
“We should have played better and certainly we missed an opportunity in the first 20 minutes. We wasted 20 minutes, we couldn’t get going. We knew they were going to play a fragmented game and put balls in our box but it was costly today for us, that period.”
“They got a goal and then really we were huffing and puffing and just couldn’t produce that moment.” “There were no excuses from the Europa League this week.” “We had a fresh team – but we did have a lot of problems on the pitch.”
“Yohan Cabaye was limping around, Demba Ba was struggling with his shin a little bit, Papiss came off with a bad back so we had a few things going on.” “We obviously lost Jonas and we couldn’t get any rhythm again and that’s what we’re searching for.”
“That’s the sort of game where you need Tiote – you need your warrior out there. They had a bit too much time in midfield today and I think Cheick would have sorted that out, so it’ll be nice to see him back next week.”
Newcastle can start to put things right by winning at home against Swansea next Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park, but we must start this game on the front foot, and hopefully all the players that start the game will be fully fit by then.
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