When we wrote our match report last night after the 2-1 defeat at Fulham,, who were level on points and hadn’t won in their last eight games, we wrote: “Rodallega was able to head home past Krul, and how come he was unmarked six yards from goal.” “Another goal conceded from a set-play by Newcastle and that will not please the manager.”
Grim looking Alan Pardew and John Carver last night
And sure enough Alan Pardew is not happy with either goal conceded – but didn’t Newcastle know in the summer that we needed the strengthen the defense – especially at center-back in case we got injuries – like we had to Steven Taylor last season?
Steven Taylor is out again out with a lengthy injury and so we have only two recognized center-backs available – Coloccini and Williamson – and the defense is struggling as we let in two soft goals last night.
This is what the Newcastle manager said after the game:
“It’s a really soft second goal, a soft free-kick, soft defending on the free-kick and you can’t do that at this level because we had the game by the scruff of the neck at this point.”
“We played some of our best attacking football of the season but we’ve still come away with nothing. Performances don’t get you points.” In the second half we were terrific other those two or three moments, we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.”
“I think we’ve conceded poor goals at crucial times and away from home it is costly.” “We are going to have to get more resilience about us and make sure we don’t concede goals like that”.
But this is what happens with poor sides, they keep letting in silly goals, and that’s why they never get any points, and the Newcastle players will need to buck up soon, because we are going to be struggling in the league by early February.
So you always have to start with a strong defense, and those two poor goals cost Newcastle last night, and yes we were much better in the second half, but how come we never seem to turn up in the first 30 minuets of a game, and we could have well been two or three goals down before the break last night.
If this run of 4 points from 7 league games is not alarming people like Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley it should do, because they’ve been against mediocre sides.
That’s one worrying thing.
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