Alan Pardew will now come under a bit of pressure to get Newcastle quickly playing well after a very poor performance at home against Hull City, a team we should be able to beat, if we are to have a decent season this time around.
Papiss Cisse - out of form and out of confidence
In fact the way we played on Saturday most sides in the Premier league would have left with all three points, because you simply cannot be as lax in defense as Newcastle were after we had gone ahead with Loic Remy’s first goal ever for the club after only 10 minutes.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say in the Chronicle today:
“Hull had too many chances and they had too much room to play. For a home team it is about the consistency and performance that you need.” “It was the same set up and the same team. And yet we looked loose after a great performance at Villa.”
“That’s what we need to make sure we get right for the games going forward.” “I just thought that there were a few warning signs before half-time. There was a 20-minute period and I thought we were slightly fortunate to go in 2-1 up.” ”We just went down a gear after we scored and never got back into it.”
“This team really needs to find consistency of indvidual performances and a team.” “If we can do that then we’ll have a say in the division.” “But there were a lot of questions thrown at us that we need to answer.”
My son Neil and I exchanged some messages at half time, and we both thought the defense looked very shaky, and that we were a little fortunate to be 2-1 up at the half, but we had looked great in the first 20 minutes of the game, showing both movement and pace up front.
But it didn’t improve in the second half, in fact it got worse, and Hull equalized just three minutes into the second period, when Ahmed Elmohamady headed the ball home from a free kick and he was completely unmarked in the penalty area. Where was our defense?
And Papiss Cisse is going through a terrible time of it at the moment with no goals in his last 10 games, and he looks only a shadow of the player who terrorized Premier League defenses when he first arrived just over eighteen months ago from SC Freiburg.
If we keep letting ourselves down in games we should be winning, then Alan Pardew will need to take a hard look at the personnel, especially in defense, and we have players like Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor, who’s out injured at the moment, who have vast experience playing in the Premier League, and they should be given a chance.
We have some strength in depth this season, and the manager needs to use it – if the first teamers don’t get the job done – which they didn’t do on Saturday with a display that simply wasn’t good enough.
When a team gets booed off the pitch by a Newcastle crowd, they usually deserve it, and that was true on Saturday afternoon.
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