We’ve never seen Alan Pardew so despondent after a game as he was yesterday, and the Newcastle manager was bemoaning the fact that the team should have got the win at Old Trafford yesterday, which would have been a monumental 3 points for the Newcastle side and the first win there since February of 1972.
A weary looking Alan Pardew yesterday after 4-3 loss at Old Trafford
But it wasn’t to be and we let in two sloppy goals after being 3-2 up after 68 minutes, with goals conceded in the 71st and 90th minute to lose the game – our 7th loss in the last 9 league games.
And in this bad run we’ve been having, we seem to find ways of ending up on the losing side, and we haven’t even drawn a league game since we drew 1-1 at Liverpool in early November, but after that game the rot started when we lost 1-0 at home to West Ham – a game we were all expecting to win.
But it’s clear that the Newcastle defense has been our weakness for the last three seasons, but we’ve done precious little to strengthen the back four, bringing in Davide Santon for the departed Jose Enrique last year, and Davide is the only new defender we’ve brought in since we were promoted in 2010.
We gave to hope that Newcastle can now bring in two good defenders next month to fortify the defense, because there’s no doubt that with a stronger defense over the last nine games, we could have won more games and not be in the plight we are -in right now – gaining just 18 points from our first 19 league games, which is two points worse off than in our relegation season, and 10 points worse off than last season.
There’ still time for Newcastle to come away, but we’ll need to get on a good win streak before the end of the season if we are to make the top eight – and currently we are 8 points behind 8th placed Stoke City in the Premier League – with Stoke beating Liverpool 3-1 at home yesterday in the late game.
So you can appreciate why Alan Pardew was so upset at the end of the game yesterday – our stats since the Liverpool game on 4th November have been alarming.
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