We had an article out yesterday that basically lay the responsibility (also known as blame) for our current goalkeeper situation, with poor planning by Newcastle, and we feel sorry for young Jak Alnwick.
Jak Alnwick at the end of the game Wednesday night
And former Newcastle legend Rob Lee is not happy with what happened at Tottenham on Wednesday night, when we were hammered 4-0, although manager Alan Pardew is saying today it was a close game between two good sides.
So what’s Alan been smoking? 😀
This is some of what Rob Elliot has said today in the Chronicle:
“I just knew that Spurs would get Sheffield United. That just rubbed salt into the wound,” “Tottenham have their own struggles at the moment and yet we offered them nothing.”
“I know we have a few problems but that wasn’t good enough. But I do feel sorry for Alnwick. The lad is not ready for this kind of test and has been thrown in the deep end.”
“He has to get himself mentally prepared for the derby – if he plays – and put what happened on Wednesday behind him.”
It’s now a huge test for Jak on Sunday afternoon, and you can bet your life the first Sunderland corner, and any free kicks into the box, will be aimed at testing the young goalkeeper.
Rob is right that the mental preparation for Jak is as important as the physical preparation on the training pitch.
Jak made two bad mistakes on Wednesday night that gifted the opposition with two goals, and the lad was almost in tears at the end of the game.
We agree with Rob – Jak doesn’t seem ready for this kind of tough test – which is why the club should have had a third experienced goalkeeper in the ranks for this season, and we wouldn’t be in this crisis situation – and make no mistake it’s a crisis with no apparent way out at present.
It’s called poor planning and not thinking things through thoroughly enough.
If you don’t plan for something, then it’s that more likely to happen. 🙁
It’s Murphy’s Law also known in some quarters as Sod’s Law.
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