Peter Crouch had a header that hit the base of a post after 10 minutes, and it was fairly even for most of the first half today the Britannia Stadium, but then Stoke City went ahead with a fluke goal after 42 minutes and goalkeeper Tim Krul has to take some responsibility for the goal.
His Dutch International team-mate Pieters was given the ball out on the left wing, and he immediately put a cross come shot in with his left foot, and the ball ended up in the top right and corner of the goal and it seems the Newcastle goalkeeper thought it was going wide, and didn’t seem to make much of an attempt to get to the ball.
It was a poor piece of judgement from the Newcastle goalkeeper, and that meant Newcastle had to score to prevent our 12th defeat in the last 17 games.
And how many Newcastle fans thought that would be another defeat when the goal went in – simply because we cannot score?
And of course we did fail to score, and that’s now 11 defeats in the last 16 league games, and we’ve failed to score in 11 of them, and that is the 12th defeat in the last 17 games in all competitions for Newcastle – and in short it’s simply and absolutely pathetic.
And now that means Stoke are only 3 points behind us with a better goal difference and four games to play – Newcastle have been pathetic this year – simply pathetic. – and now we’ll probably end up in 10th place.
And by the way – Stoke looked mediocre at best.
Oh – and we will meet our goal for this season, and finish in the top 10.
It’s not good enough.