When you looks at today’s Newcastle side, we were only missing three players, who if fit would have started this game – Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Fabrico Coloccini - so it’s not as if we were short of a lot of our best players today, although those three could be the best we have in the squad.
Alan Pardew – at Southampton this afternoon
And then you think Vurnon Anita was filling in for Yohan Cabaye, who has a groin injury, and he was or best player today, then we should have done better than we did today – although Southampton deserved the win.
Newcastle are now 14th with just 14 points from our 13 league games, and we have Stoke City on Wednesday night, and we are just 4 points above Aston Villa, who are third bottom of the league.
We had better wake up and start playing somewhere near out best form fairly soon, otherwise this season could be a very bad one for Newcastle. I’ll not mention relegation, because we have far too many good players for the club to be fighting relegation this season.
That’s true – isn’t it?
Alan Pardew has talked to the BBC after the game and he has said we are not playing well and also have had no luck – and that’s true enough:
“It was tough for us. I thought the intensity of Southampton was hard for us to cope with. In the second half, we should have equalized to square it up, although it might not have been deserved.”
“We are struggling at the minute. Southampton deserved to win today and we have got nothing to argue about. We are not playing with any great confidence.”
“Everything seems to be going against us and we have to be tough. We all need to grow very quickly because I don’t see many players coming back.”
Who would have thought we would be short of goals this season, but today’s clean sheet was Southampton’s first in the league this season, after conceding 30 goals in their previous 12 games.
As we said, Newcastle are only 4 points above the relegation zone, but we are also only 7 points short of Everton on 21 points, who are in 5th position in the league.
Our players need to start playing like their lives depended on winning – and a good time to start would be at Stoke City on Wednesday night.
It will be hard to take yet another defeat at the Britannia Stadium in three days time.
Very hard indeed.
What do you think?
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