Joe Kinnear had his piece in the program notes at yesterday’s game, and we suppose if Newcastle had played throughout the game like we did in those first 25 minutes, we would have won the game and been in 3rd place in the league table right now.
Carr, Ashley and Kinnear at yesterday’s game
But the poor defending that helped blight last season, was evident again yesterday, and we allowed some sloppy goals in front of owner Mike Ashley, Director of Football Joe Kinnear and Chief Scout Graham Carr, who were all at the game.
This is some of what Joe said in the program notes yesterday:
“I worked very hard on several targets and we made a number of bids for players, but for various reasons – some of which were outside the club’s control – we were unable to secure our targets.”
“We will continue to operate in a financially responsible manner, buying only the right players for the right prices and not paying over the odds or making costly knee-jerk decisions.”
“This is the reality of a well-run football club that lives within its means. When the deal is right and the player can add real quality and depth to the squad, we have the ability to spend.”
“Everyone at the club is aware that last season was difficult and our final league position was not acceptable,” “Clearly the injuries to key players and the sheer number of fixtures brought about by the Europa League were significant contributory factors.”
“However without the impact of the Europa League, with our squad having had a full pre-season together, having retained key players over the summer and brought in Loic Remy to boost our attacking options, everyone at the club is feeling very positive about the campaign ahead with a top ten finish a realistic and achievable target.”
So from those words it looks like a top ten target is the official target this season, and today we are in 11th place, but of course the season is only five game in.
But Newcastle have conceded 8 goals in the first five games, which is too many – and it’s the second worst in the league – behind only Sunderland – who were walloped 3-0 at West Brom and have just one point at the bottom of the league.
We hope we can add to the squad in January, and maybe a striker and a defender brought in – although there’s a long way to go before January rolls around, and time for Newcastle to get their act together at the back.
As far as going forward is concerned we looked good, very good at times yesterday with Loic Remy the star man, and looking very good for Newcastle.
But as the manager said after the game, you have to keep that kind of intense play up over the full 90 minutes in the Premier League, otherwise you are in trouble against any side.
Hopefully, our players will have learned their lesson from yesterday’s humiliating defeat against Hull.
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