In defense and in midfield Newcastle looked a decent enough side last night at the Britannia Stadium, but it was in the final third of the pitch where we again looked lacking in ideas, and the first real chance we carved out wasn’t until the 84th minute when Jack Colback somehow managed to hit the bar rather than put the ball into the back of the net.
Alan Pardew – clapping Newcastle fans after the game
That would have given Newcastle the draw they probably deserved, but it’s alarming that we created so few chances last night.
Things are much easier to correct when you are creating the chances and just missing them – but last night the Newcastle team labored to create any real clear-cut chances.
When you have a team that finds it difficult to score goals then when you concede a goal – that can be ominous and mean you have lost the game.
We had thought the summer transfer window was a good one for Newcastle, but we could turn out to be wrong on that, and some of our new players haven’t come through at all – not yet anyway – and the most disappointing of our new players has been Remy Cabella.
Remy looks frail on the pitch last night and easily pushed off the ball, and he had little impact on the game, and we haven’t seen the skills we know he possesses.
Last night he Cabella was replaced in the second half – and Pardew wis right to say he’s not worth the money we paid for him – not yet anyway.
It’s good that there are only six games gone in the season, because we will need reinforcements brought in during January, if we are to survive relegation.
And of course luck has not been with us, and the long term injury to Siem de Jong and to a lesser extent Davide Santon, haven’t helped things either.
Rolando Aarons looked excellent in pre-season, but he’s still out another three weeks with his hamstring injury, according to the manager.
As we said earlier, the season is still young and there’s time for players like Remy Cabella and Manu Riviere to come through – but it seems we will continue to struggle if we cannot score the goals.
And with the demonstrations against Pardew taking place in every game now, which doesn’t help the players one little bit, it’s hard to see how Newcastle can pull out of the hole we are in – not while Alan Pardew is the manager.
At some point this season the fans will have to get right behind the players and the manager – whoever he may be – if are to survive fighting relegation again this season.
It doesn’t look good at all at the moment.
What do you think?
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