When you look at Newcastle’s first five league games of the season, most fans would have probably chosen Hull City at home, as the fixture we would be most likely to get all three points from.
Loic Remy – after scoring first goal today
Add to that our poll where 85% of our readers expected Newcastle to win, and therefore a 3-2 defeat today was a shocking result, especially when we had done so well in our previous three league games by amassing a good 7 points.
And Newcastle started this game so well, and we may have played the best football of the season for that first 25 minutes, we showed great movement and pace, and Loic Remy had put us ahead, but then Hull scored.
And that was a sign of future defensive frailties, and although Loic put us ahead just before half time, who would have thought that Newcastle would give up two goals in the second half and lose the game.
But that’s what happened, and it’s very painful for fans.
But there wasn’t too much wrong with out attacking prowess today, although it went missing in that second half, and even with 20 minuets to go it was anybody’s game, and usually we have come on strongly in the last 20 minutes of games at home.
But not today, and the thing that worries us is our poor defending today, and all three goals came from the their left wing, and the first and third goals saw Newcastle wide open, on the right hand side of defense.
Ben Arfa is not great at defending, and for both the first and third goals he was there or thereabouts, but didn’t get anywhere close to defending the gap in the Newcastle defense.
But we are not blaming Hatem, who has been great for us going forward this season, but today often had three players around him.
But the point is that last season we were hopeless in defense and conceded 68 goals in the league, and the team would get into winning positions and find ways to lose by giving away soft goals.
Hull City were good today, but they are hardly one of the best sides in the league, which is why Pardew and the coaches have to work with our defense and make it a lot stronger than it looked today.
But it’s only one game, we have to remember that, and we created some decent chances and the team has scored four goals in the last two games.
And our worry is that our weak link is still in defense, even though we have brought in two new defenders since last year at this time.
This was our big weakness last season, and we must strengthen our defense – it’s got to be the rock on which any side is built.
What do you think?
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