We keep going on about it – Newcastle conceded 59 goals in the league last season and in the season before that when we were 16th we conceded a massive 68 goals – the highest ever by a Newcastle side in the Premier League – and we just haven’t made it our business this summer to strengthen the defense.
Mike Williamson – scores first ever goal for Newcastle to put us ahead
The defense this afternoon looked little better than pathetic, and we hardly deserved to win the game – but after Rolando Aarons had come on after 67 minutes and raised the spirits of Newcastle fans with a great performance – and scored one and made the go-ahead goal after 88 minutes – we still couldn’t hold on to a win we didn’t deserve.
That just about sums up how bad the defense looked today and for large portions of this game it looked like we would lose against a very ordinary Crystal Palace side.
The bottom line here is that this is not good enough for Newcastle, and Alan Pardew will very quickly have to do a lot better with just 2 points from our first three league games.
After the game this is what the manager had to say:
“We’ve conceded a goal after 30 seconds and we’ve conceded a goal straight after half-time, which is disappointing, but we’ve come back each time.”
“We then take the lead and get ourselves in a position to win.¨ I thought we got a little bit carried away when we took the lead and at this level you can’t do that, you’ve got to make sure you see the victory out and we should have been better set before we conceded the free-kick for the third goal.”
“When a team comes here and waste time from the moment the game kicks off, on goal-kicks, and time and time again they took ages on everything – and then they’re 3-2 down and he gives them seven minutes, I don’t know it just didn’t fit right with me.”
“In the spirit of the game I thought that was wrong but we should have won and we didn’t.”
I think that’s all three games in the league that Alan Pardew thinks we should have won – who’s he kidding?
Rather than blame the referee for playing that 7 minutes of added time, maybe the manager needs to work on the Newcastle defense, because if we get no new players through the door before next Tuesday, this could become another long and arduous season for Newcastle fans.
This happened after 30 seconds – Gayle scored
And Pardew needs to start Rolando Aarons in the next game – he’s much more dangerous than Gouffran and should have started this game – and we may have even won it, if that had happened.
Did I say this wasn’t good enough – and by a long long way?
We hate to think what would have happened if we had been playing a good team this afternoon – with that performance.
And it looks like Loic Remy will be joining Chelsea.
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