The game against Hull City reminded us a little bit of the two games against Sunderland and Liverpool at home last season, when we leaked nine goals in those games, and couldn’t seem to be able to defend at all, and on Saturday we conceded three goals to a side who will have done brilliantly if they stay in the Premier league this season, that’s how bad a result it was on Saturday.
Alan Pardew - must turn things around
Alan Pardew is now under pressure to improve the performances, although to be fair we had played well and won the previous two league games, so the manager was right to talk about inconsistency of the team and inconsistency of some of our players after the game.
We play Leeds United at home on Wednesday in the League Cup and that will not be an easy game, but this competition is what gives Newcastle the best chance of winning something for the first time since 1969, so it’s an important game for us.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local papers today:
“There is a reaction required – full stop – from us.” “Hopefully in the next few games we can right what has been a wrong against Hull.”
“I’ve had thinking time and I have used it.” “Of course, but Hull did a great job on us.” “We have to respect them as much as any other opposition.”
“And Saturday is why they can surprise you. They played well and you have to say that.” “They did their homework and got the victory.”
We said before the game that this could be a banana skin game, because on paper we should win the game fairly easily, especially when we had done so well in the previous three league games and got a good 7 points, but there are no games in the Premier League that are easy or you can take for granted these days.
And the way the lads started looked good, and we were ahead after 10 minutes through Remy, but it may have been a lack of concentration – or something – that seemed to allow us to give some silly goals away, and if we keep doing that, we could be in trouble this season.
Newcastle were booed off at the end of the game, and they deserved that – for their incompetent defending.
Saturday’s performance was simply not good enough for a Newcastle side, and if Alan Pardew has to make changes in his starting eleven to get players in who can concentrate and fight for the cause for the full 90 minutes, that’s what he should be doing – and soon too.
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