We didn’t expect much out of this game with everything that is going on surrounding the club at the moment, and as the readers rightly predicted in our poll on this game, Newcastle lost again this time 3-1 to Tottenham to equal our worst ever run in the Premier league – six defeats in a row – and that was only set almost exactly a year ago.
And yo be honest if this form is anything to go by we may be setting a new record next Saturday – it was desperate stuff from a desperate Newcastle side and it seems that John Carver the coach is completely out of his depth at this level.
Jack Colback scores 19 seconds into second half
We have now got 9 points in 14 league games under John Carver and that’s equivalent to a 24 point full season, and there’s a growing chance we could be caught by the bottom clubs.
Every defeat Newcastle get now brings us closer to the relegation zone and we have to play both Leicester City and QPR away from home – so it could be a close call if we cannot win another game this season.
Given our away form and the way we played today it could turn our that our last win of the season will be at home to Aston Villa – after this complete collapse specifically in the last six games and more generally this year since Alan Pardew left the club rather quickly.
In what was a rather drab first half when Tottenham went ahead after 30 minutes, when Newcastle lost the ball in their own half and Chadli had the ball in the inside left position.
The Tottenham midfielder was running through towards the penalty area, but not one Newcastle player closed him down, and he hit a left foot shot into the back of the net.
Goalkeeper Tim Krul will be disappointed he didn’t do better with the shot and he could have been unsighted – but Newcastle were 1-0 down with Spurs getting the important first goal.
Tottenham had most of the possession in that first half – 64% – in front of a quiet and subdued St. James’ Park crowd, and Newcastle had very little to offer going forward and didn’t have the class in the side that was evident with Spurs.
Certainly there was very little spirit or enthusiasm with the Newcastle players in the first 45 minutes.
At half time John Carver had to do something and he brought on Sammy Ameobi and Gabby Obertan for Mehdi Abeid and Yoan Gouffran – why does Gouffran start these games?
Colback scored with 19 seconds of the restart as Newcastle played it down the right and Ayoze Perez played it back into the penalty area, and it was Jack Colback coming through who hit the ball into the back of the net for only our second goal in the last six games.
Sammy Ameobi had scored at Tottenham after just 7 seconds of the restart.
But then after 53 minutes another terrible goal conceded from a free kick by Newcastle.
It was Christian Eriksen who put the ball in from the left wing with his right foot and the ball swung into the goal and it looks to have gone straight through and beat Krul diving to his left.
That was another poor goal to concede and it appeared that Krul had expected one of his defenders to cut the ball out – but they didn’t.
Newcastle were behind again 2-1.
Newcastle tried to come back into the game but it was desperate stiff from Newcastle and we were finding it hard to create the chances.
And then would you believe it, but with most Newcastle players in the opposing penalty box Spurs broke away and it was Harry Kane who put the ball past Tim Krul to make it 3-1 and make our goal difference a very poor -20.
We don’t want to be alarmist but we don’t think John Carver has the skills to turn this thing around – and of course he has very little experience in charge of a Premier League side at the highest level.
It also shows the incompetence of Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley to leave the playing squad so threadbare, and to put John Carver in charge of the side – who is unproven and untested at this top level.
If alarm bells aren’t going off at St. James’ Park after this sixth defeat in a row – they should be.
And we don’t want to hear from the players and John Carver about how they will be putting everything right against Swansea next Saturday.