The Newcastle defense on Monday night was lax a few times, and on two of those occasions Fulham took advantage of the opportunities that Newcastle offered them and scored – and that was enough to beat a severely slumping Newcastle side 2-1.
Alan Pardew – training in the snow last week
And in truth Newcastle could have been two or three goals down by the break, and although we came back well in the second half and got level through a great goal from Ben Arfa, another bout of poor defending on a Damien Duff free kick cost Newcastle all three points.
And it’s poor planning by the Newcastle Board for the position we are in, plus a number of severe injuries we’ve sustained this season.
But we have known for the last two seasons that the defense has been our Achilles heel, and so it has proved again this season, and yet we haven’t brought in any new players to strengthen the defense.
We have a tough five games through January 2nd, when we face Manchester City (h), QPR(h), Manchester United (a), Arsenal (a) and Everton (h), and we cannot see us getting many more than 6 points out of those five games – at best.
So that would put Newcastle on 20 points from 21 games, and we could see ourselves in the relegation zone when the January transfer window opens.
How many points do you think we’ll get out of those five games?
And it’s not like the new players will make an immediate change, although that’s what Papiss Cisse did last year, but Papiss has been a pale shadow of the player he was last season for Newcastle – so far.
So unless we start improving and cutting out the daft goals we keep conceding to lose games, we could see ourselves in the bottom three by years end.
There’s always one positive thing though – we’ve been wrong before.
What do you think?
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