Newcastle played very well in the second half yesterday, but for the third time in the last four games we conceded a daft goal in the second half when we were getting on top, and that ensured we lost the game.
Sergio Aguero puts Manchester City ahead yesterday
While Newcastle were decidedly second best in the first half, and it could have been worse than the 2-00 half time score-line, the lads came back big time, and we scored just six minutes into the second half through Demba Ba, and could have been level two minutes later if Papiss Cisse hadn’t ballooned the ball over the cross-bar from a wonderful chance.
But then we let in another stupid goal, and Manchester city were able to win the game 3-1 – and the second half was not dissimilar to our games at Stoke and Fulham, when we were the better side in the second half but again came away with nothing.
Losing six of the last seven games in the Premier League is the worst run of league games we have ever had in the Premier League, and a paltry 14 points from the first 17 games is the worst start ever to a Premier League season by Newcastle.
We are 5 points worse off than in our relegation season after 17 games, and last season we had 27 points after 17 games.
The next game at home to QPR is now a massive game for Newcastle, and QPR won their first game of the season at home to Fulham yesterday, and since Harry Redknapp took over they are unbeaten with three draws and a win, and now have 10 points and are one point ahead of Reading.
We have to do out best to beat QPR, because after that we are at Manchester United and Arsenal and then at home to Everton.
This season so far has been almost the polar opposite of last season, when we were surprising people because we were near the top of the league, and now we are still surprising people because we are close to the bottom of the league.
It’s not the time to panic, but on the other hand we have to turn this thing around quickly.
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