Newcastle were much improved yesterday in teh 0-0 draw with West Ham yesterday, when we managed to get a 0-0 draw at home and but for what could be the miss of the season by Yohan Gouffran two minutes into injury time, we could have taken all 3 points – but we were still nowhere near our best form.
Joe Kinnear – time to produce for Newcastle
But Newcastle could also have lost this game, which was not a good one to watch, especially in the first half, when both sides looked a little lackadaisical and disjointed.
Newcastle proved yesterday why we need another striker brought in this week, and we had 14 total shots, and not one on target, and Yohan Gouffran’s very late chance was when the ball came off the post to him in the center of the goal and a yard out – but he managed to put the ball over the bar.
But that about summed up Newcastle, but we’ll take the positives out of the game and the defense looked fairly steady and Moussa Sissoko and Vurnon Anita gave their all in central midfield, after Yohan Cabaye refused to play for the second game running.
After the game, Alan Pardew said that Cabaye situation had to be sorted out, and although there are reports that both PSG and Arsenal will come in with increased bids we think it unlikely that either club will come in with the £20M Mike Ashley.
And then what happens we have no idea, but we’re a little sick and tired of these spoiled footballers being so selfish and only thinking of themselves – and we’ll leave it at that – but Newcastle must solve the Cabaye situation in the next eight days of the transfer window.
And we are hoping that Loic Remy can make the Fulham game next Saturday, which will again be a tough game with Newcastle in their current poor form, and let’s hope former target Darren Bent doesn’t score against us – he came on for Fulham in the second half against Arsenal yesterday and scored an opportunist goal on his debut in the 3-1 defeat.
Bafetimbi Gomis is still available from Lyon, but we really don’t know what the Newcastle targets are, but we do know we’ll have to do a lot better than we’ve done in the last 10 weeks, since Joe Kinnear was appointed Director of Football.
Newcastle are still short of some players, and it’s Joe’s job to work with the owner Mike Ashley and ensure players come through the door before Tuesday, 3rd September rolls around.
Whether Newcastle can do that is an open question at the moment, but this is definitely a crucial week for our club.
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