After yesterday’s astonishing capitulation by Newcastle at St. James Park, when we went from a comfortable 1-0 lead to losing yet again, and this was to Reading, who started the game 5 points behind Newcastle, and are now only 2 points adrift of a seriously slumping Magpies side.
The great Yohan Cabaye in action yesterday
Newcastle have learned only too well how to lose games from winning situations over the last almost three months – and that to us – is one of the most worrying parts of Newcastle’s play. We seem to have created a losing mentality.
And to make it even worse, it was Reading’s first win on the road all season and yes – it was Newcastle 10th league defeat in 13 games – a streak that is so hard to come to grips with.
We just point out that Chris Hughton had a bad run of two points in five games, and he was ruthlessly fired just over two years ago, and we all knew at the time it had very little to do with Newcastle’s results.
There is news today that Newcastle are close to signing two defenders, 23 year-old Montpelier defender and captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and 20 year-old Nancy left-back Massadio Haidara.
And we need to get both these players signed quickly, before any other clubs come in, because of Newcastle’s very poor play of late, and low position in the Premier League, other clubs like Arsenal would be a stronger attraction for both players.
And Newcastle need to bring in a top class striker from somewhere, because since Demba Ba has left, we’ve managed only one measly goal in our last three games, and that was today’s fantastic goal by Yohan Cabaye direct from a free kick.
But just in case this lad may be our savior this season, there was some bad news after the game that Yohan has again injured his groin - and we hope it was only that he played a little too long yesterday.
It was a shattering loss yesterday – there’s simply no other way to describe it – and there are urgent pleas from players like Shola Ameobi – pleading to our fans not to stop believing.
But we need to see an all our 100% effort at Aston Villa and maybe we can get our first away win of the season a week on Wednesday night.
But there again - I’ve been writing about that for many months now – and sound like a broken record.
We’re in trouble alright – but with 15 games left hopefully we can still get ourselves clear of relegation.
Signing three or four new players before the end of January will help.
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