Watching the game yesterday was very difficult for Newcastle fans, as the lads put in a pathetic display right from the first whistle and we nearly gave up a stupid goal after about 25 seconds when Colo put a late pass back to goalkeeper Tim Krul who then smashed the ball against Shane Long, and it was only luck that the ball went just wide of the post and not into the goal.
So in that sense we made a better start than last time out when we were 1-0 down after that same short time period at home to Crystal Palace.
Hey boss – can I keep my job?
This is Pardew, Ashley and Charnley before last season’s 4-0 thumping
But that was a warning of things to come, and we were two down after 19 minutes, and both goals from Pelle were due to poor defending and then in the second half Tim Krul and Mike Williamson managed to gift Southampton their third goal, when each player left the other to get the ball – and Cork nipped in to put the ball into the back of the net.
The last goal in stoppage time was a stunner from Schneiderlin.
Newcastle still have a very porous defense, and it’s not that we haven’t known about that for some time – but we didn’t bring in another center-back in the transfer window, although some good ones were available – like Toby Alderweireld, who was in the Saints side yesterday.
Our defense just didn’t look good enough, and it’s not like we have other players to bring in – with Santon out for another couple of months – and Yanga-Mbiwa having been dispatched out on loan to Roma.
Newcastle also haven’t replaced Yohan Cabaye in the middle of the field, and we are still lacking creativity there – and some of the creative players we have brought in like Remy Cabella haven’t come through yet – and of course Siem de Jong is out injured until the new year.
We have already conceded 10 goals during the first two games, and that’s an average of 2.5 goals a game and last season we averages 1.55 goals conceded per game (59 goals in total) and the season before it was 1.79 goals/game – our worst ever in the Premier League when we conceded a 68 goals.
And the worry that we don’t have enough goalscorers in the side was confirmed yesterday, when we had two good chances to score but Fraser Forster produced an excellent save from Moussa Sissoko and then Riviere was nicely set up by Sissoko, but from 10 yards out he managed to scuff the ball past a post – and that was an embarrassing miss from the Frenchmen.
But the problems we had in the second half of last season don’t seem to have been fixed although we do have players like Perez, Armstrong, Aarons and of course De Jong who could come through for us this season.
It’s early days yet, but we are bottom of the league and Mike Ashley has to decide whether to keep Pardew on board for the game at home to Hull City next Saturday – a game we lost 3-2 last season.
If Pardew is still on board it’s going to be strange with Steve Bruce in the other dugout, and Steve is one who is being tipped as a candidate for the job, if Pardew is fired.
The Chronicle is reporting Pardew will still be manager next Saturday, but don’t give any insight why they are reporting that – maybe it’s an opinion from Lee Ryder – but with only four games gone we would think that Alan will not be fired this week.
And if we win against Hull City – which looks a difficult task if we play anything like we did yesterday – Pardew will not be sacked next week either.
But it’s getting hard to see how Alan can work his way back into the fans’ favour, after we have just one win in our last 12 league games.
The terrible form of the second half of last season has continued into the season – and that was always going to be the disaster scenario.
We would love to see Frank de Boer and his team come in from Ajax – but we doubt that will be a choice Mike Ashley will make – he wants somebody who is willing to work under (very) strict financial controls – and it would help if he isn’t an ambitious manager.
That’s not Frank de Boer.
What do you think?
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