For the second home league game in a row Newcastle were unconvincing and this week went down 2-1 to Swansea with all the goals coming in the second half, but if things were bad after last week’s defeat, they are going to be even worse now – and we can expect the gloom and doomers to be out in full cry – in fact they already are – and the sad fact is that we’ve now lost more games than we’ve won in the Premier League to date.
Demba Ba in action this afternoon
Newcastle were without Papiss Cisse because the Senegal FA stopped him from playing, and we were also without the suspended Fabricio Coloccini and the injured Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez, and once again it shows the Newcastle squad is just not big enough and we cannot handle European football with this squad.
And Swansea were the better side and probably deserved to win but they were gifted a goal after 58 minutes when Tim Krul hoofed a clearance and Swansea came right back and Michu headed the ball strongly into the back of the net.
Newcastle tried to come back into the game but a second goal on 87 minutes from Jonathan De Guzman sealed Newcastle’s second home defeat in a row, after Tim Krull had made a decent save to block an initial shot, although three minutes into injury time Demba Ba did score for Newcastle as he headed to make it 2-1, after Ben Arfa had set up the chance.
But Newcastle did have their chances in this game, and after 33 minutes Hatem Ben Arfa almost scored an opener in the first half, but goalkeeper Tremmel made a good one handed save to keep out Ben Arfa’s left-footed strike, after the Frenchman had cut inside.
And Demba Ba missed a number of chances during the game, that he usually takes for Newcastle.
But in the first 30 minutes Swansea had proven they were a good and skillful side who pass the ball around in great style, and in truth they were more than a match for a docile looking Newcastle side this afternoon, without some of our best players.
And at the final whistle for the first time for a long time, there were boos from the Newcastle crowd, who had to endure another mediocre and uninspired game from the Newcastle side.
But on this showing Newcastle had better open the check book and bring some players in during January, because the side is simply not strong enough to have a European campaign and continue to do well in the league.
And we’ve been told the Premier League is the highest priority this season, but on this showing it doesn’t look like it.
It was another bad day at the office for Newcastle, and given it follows the poor display last weekend against West Ham, things will not be upbeat tonight on Tyneside – that’s for sure.
The wheels have come off in the league in the last two games, and next up is a long trip to Southampton next weekend, so surely we can pick up some points at St. Mary’s?
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Gael Bigirimana 74), Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Shane Ferguson (Shola Ameobi 46); Sammy Ameobi (Sylvain Marveaux 80), Demba Ba
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano
Swansea City (4-3-3): Gerhard Tremmel; Angel Rangel, Garry Monk (c), Ashley Williams, Ben Davies; Jonathan De Guzman, Leon Britton, Itay Shechter (Kemy Agustien 66); Pablo Hernandez, Michu (Danny Graham 82), Nathan Dyer (Wayne Routledge 62)
Subs not used: David Cornell, Chico Flores, Dwight Tiendalli, Luke Moore
Referee: Phil Dowd