It was what we would call a worrying performance from Newcastle on Saturday, because we did not look good at the back and even when the brilliance of young 18 year-old Rolando Aarons had us ahead 3-2 with only two minutes to play in normal time, we couldn’t hang on for the win, and Wilfried Zaha equalized with only two minutes of the seven minutes added time to go.
Siem de Jong – could be key player for us this season
So we picked up only two points from our first three league games, and most of us thought we could get all three points on Saturday – in fact 70% in our poll thought we would win the game.
The next four league games will not be easy for Newcastle:
September Sat 13 15:00 A Southampton Sat 20 15:00 H Hull City Wed 24 19:45 A Crystal Palace - League Cup Mon 29 20:00 A Stoke City October Sat 04 15:00 A Swansea City
In fact in those four corresponding fixtures last season we lost all four.
We were hammered 4-0 at Southampton, we lost 3-2 at home to Hull, 1-0 at Stoke and 3-0 at Swansea City, so those games will not be easy ones, with the most of those teams now improved from last season.
And we face a tough Capital One Cup tie at Crystal Palace on 24th September too.
It’s going to be interesting to see how many points we will have after our first 7 league games this season.
Last season we had only 7 points from those league games but we also won our two Capital One Cup games 2-0 at Morecambe and at home to Leeds United and then went on a good run that has us in 6th place in the league by Boxing Day after we hammered a 9 man Stoke side 5-1.
At that time we had 33 points from 18 games – but it was all downhill from there.
We would hope to have at least that many points this season, but our performances will have to improve a lot from last Saturday, which we hope was just an off day at the office.
Siem de Jong didn’t look too good on Saturday, so we were even pleased when Alan Pardew said he still wasn’t fully fit – hopefully the Dutchman will be fit for our next game at Southampton a week on saturday.
Our defense is a worry especially since we let Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa leave for Roma yesterday without replacing him – so we hope Colo and Willo can start putting in some solid performances at the back – and let’s just hope neither of them gets injured. 🙁
And Alan Pardew needs to give youth a chance and start Rolando Aarons at Southampton – he was easily our best player last Saturday after he came on after about 67 minutes – and he should have started the game.
What do you think?
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