Newcastle Defense Still Leaking Too Many Goals

Carlos Tevez, David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure scored the goals that demolished Newcastle today – and in truth it could have been even  worse if City had taken more of the chances they had in the first half.

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Davide Silva smashes in second goal just seconds before half time

As it was, it looked like Newcastle could survive until half time keeping City at bay, but then Tevez and Silva scored  goals in the last five minutes of the first half.

While Newcastle did better after the break, City got their third goal after only 55 minutes – and our defense is again our Achilles heel this season – and we are conceding far too many goals.

We’ve conceded 56 goals in 31 games already, and last season we conceded 51 goals in the 38 league games played.

This is what Jonas Gutierrez said on the Newcastle web-site after the game:

“We have to take a few more wins. We are not going to be safe with the points that we have so we need more points.” “We have two home games which are going to be difficult for us so the next 15 days are the most important of the year.”

“No excuses – we have to do better,” “They have good players but we have to play better than we did today. We know that it’s a hard place to come – they’re the champions, they have fantastic players.”

“But we have to start the game with a higher ambition, a higher intensity, because if not you have a defeat like today.” “I think after half time, we started playing like we should have started the first half but then I think the third goal killed us.”

“But we had to attack them from the beginning, not wait until half time because normally in the Premier League it can be too late.” “We were missing important players who had injuries but we have players who can come in to do the job the same way.”

“But if all the players want to play, when they have the opportunity, they have to play great to not miss their chance.”

That last line is code for saying that the lads who came in today to deputize for the inured players didn’t take their chance.

But all teams have injuries,  although we did have Colo, Krul, Santon, Debuchy, Haidara, Tiote and Ben Arfa missing today through injury.

But  if we keep playing like we did against Manchester today – we’ll be in serious trouble in the league especially with lower teams starting to pick up wins as Wigan, Southampton and West Ham did today.

But we also shouldn’t over-react, since it’s just one game and we didn’t expect to get any points today in any case.

We suppose that’s the good news.

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