There have been and there will be a lot of negative things written about both Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew in the coming week(s), but the returning Mathieu Debuchy was interviewed on the Newcastle United web site immediately after the game yesterday – and Mathieu gets it all completely right in what he says – this record of five successive league defeats is simply nowhere near good enough for a club like Newcastle United.
Mathieu Debuchy – nowhere near good enough
Wilfried Bony scored twice in stoppage time in both halves to get Swansea their first away win in the last 12 attempts, and only their second win in the last 10 games, and they have now beaten us four times on the trot.
And to make things worse, Shola Ameobi actually scored his first Premier League goal in sixteen months after 23 minutes, and Newcastle actually led the game for a while.
This is what Debuchy, who played his first game in seven weeks yesterday, had to say:
“Everyone is very disappointed, of course,” “We wanted to go out there and get a win, so to lose – and in that manner, with a last-minute penalty – was really disappointing. It is always harder to take like that.”
“I think we deserved at least a draw from that but we have to look back at the mistakes we made.” “We lost from two set pieces – a corner and a penalty – and that is nowhere near good enough.”
“I have never known five defeats in a row,” “It is something which isn’t acceptable for a club like Newcastle United and a squad like ours. It is something we simply should not be doing.”
“I watched every match while I was injured and it has been tough, very tough.” “I find it difficult because whether I am injured or suspended, I just want to be out there playing, helping my teammates and giving them everything I can.”
“It was nice to be back today to try and help but the result was very disappointing.”
Good words there from Mathieu, and maybe if he does stay with us in the summer, and Coloccini moves back to Argentina, the experienced Frenchman will be a candidate to be the new Newcastle captain – at least he seems to care.
Newcastle fans are really hurting at the moment after five successive league defeats, it’s all very painful, and the next game is at the Emirates a week tomorrow, so the streak may not be over yet.
It’s just not good enough by a long long way.