Make no mistake about it – this was a shocking loss by Newcastle today after a first half in which Newcastle were much the better side and had 7 shots on target and Reading had none.
But we have now lost 10 of our last 13 league games in the worst run in Newcastle’s Premier League history, and if something doesn’t happen soon to turn this shocker around – we are going to be relegated in May – we’re that bad – and we keep finding ways of losing games – that’s the biggest concern – we should have won this game today – but again we found a way to lose it.
Yohan Cabaye scores Newcastle’s goal – superb
And there are a lot of fans who will put the responsibility for this defeat firmly at the feet of manager Alan Pardew. who substitutions in the second half seemed to open up the chance for reading – and they took it.
When teams lose 10 of 13 league games it affects their confidence and ability to win games, and that’s why it’s so hard to get out of the relegation zone – and Newcastle are now deeply in relegation trouble – and we have no idea if we can survive a second relegation in four years.
A superb Yohan Cabaye free kick in the first half put Newcastle ahead and Papiss Cisse was unlucky three times, when goalkeeper Federeci made three great saves – otherwise the game could have been out of reach for Reading before half time.
But two goals in 7 minutes (71st and 77th minutes) in the second half by substitute Adam Le Fodre, who was brought on after 70 minutes, gave Reading a famous victory and their third win in four game s- so they are surging at the right time.
It’s all very difficult to watch these games, and believe me – it’s even more difficult having to write about it afterwards – but this was the worst possible result for Newcastle today, and if Colo leaves in January the sky is definitely falling in.
Apart from that we’re in great shape.
We are now in real jeopardy of being relegated this season, and we have most of our players back now – so no excuses about injuries – please – and this was always my worry – that we have got so used to losing games, that even with our best players back, we continue to lose games.
And if Pardew cannot turn this thing around in the next two or three games we could even see a new manager at the club, and it could come even quicker if we find a way to lose at Villa Park a week on Wednesday night – as we did this afternoon at home.
That would not be good since we’ll also lose local lads John Carver and Steve Stone – but a couple more losses against Villa and Chelsea, and it could happen.
10 defeats in 13 games when we have taken only 7 points out of 39 points is not good – and we’re headed for the bottom if we cannot stop this terrible slide down the league table.
We thought we could get the win today – especially the way that first half went.
We cannot believe that Mike Ashley will stand by and let the team be relegated again – not with all that money being pumped into Premier League clubs – and we know Mike likes the money.
A shocking, unbelievable result this afternoon.
Let’s hope this is bad as it gets this season.
And that was Reading’s very first away win of the season, and now only Newcastle have not won away from home in the Premier League this season.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita (Gabriel Obertan 80), Yohan Cabaye (Gael Bigirimana 74); Shola Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux (James Perch 64), Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger
Reading (4-2-3-1): Adam Federici; Stephen Kelly, Alex Pearce, Adrian Mariappa, Ian Harte; Mikele Leigertwood, Danny Guthrie (Adam Le Fodre 70); Jobi McAnuff (c), Garath McCleary (Hope Akpan 64), Jimmy Kebe; Pavel Pogrebnyak
Subs not used: Stuart Taylor, Chris Gunter, Sean Morrison, Jem Karacan, Noel Hunt
Referee: Andre Marriner