Newcastle played well in the first half yesterday and we deserved our 2-1 half time lead, even though we gifted them a goal when Paul Dummett somehow headed the ball over Jak Alnwick and into the goal four minutes after Steven Taylor had put us ahead with a nice headed goal from a corner.
John Carver – disappointed yesterday
And at the beginning of the second half Burnley hit the post within two minutes of the half starting – that was a sign of things to come. and they had also hit the woodwork in the first minute of the game.
In fact they hit the woodwork four times in the game and cam form behind three times to get a point.
And Burnley pretty much dominated the second half as Newcastle were very poor and looked disorganized at the back, and at the end caretaker manager John Carver thought that Newcastle were lucky even to get the draw.
And it doesn’t say much for Newcastle that we struggled so much against a side that is second bottom of the league and have only 3 wins in their 20 league games – although they have been playing very well of late.
We should be beating these sides at home, but the nature of that second half was such that it has to be worrying.
Add to that the fact that we have lost Steven Taylor for the season with a ruptured Achilles after an hour, and it’s going to put a focus on our lack of coverage at center-back – we now only have two experienced center backs – Colo and Willo available – for the rest of the season.
And we have been short of a striker all season and out our two experienced goalkeepers have been out for the last six game too and we have leaked 17 goals. and won only one game.
Our squad is simply short in a number of areas, and the minimum we need in January are a striker and a center-back brought in, but we may not be close enough to relegation for frugal owner Mike Ashley to fork out the money.
Maybe if we were lower down the table there would be more reasons for him to bring some players in this month, but maybe that’s why Alan Pardew finally left the club – because he had been told that there would be no money available this month.
John Carver will probably not have many chances to prove he is the right man for the job, and yesterday wasn’t good in terms of either the performance or the result.
We looked a poor side in that second half.
Maybe we can get a win at Leicester City tomorrow, but they had a good result yesterday by drawing 2-2 at Liverpool – so that game will not be easy.
What do you think?
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