John Carver became the first coach of Newcastle in Premier League history to lose seven league games in a row, when we went down 3-2 at St. James’ Park today to Swansea, even though we had gone ahead with a good goal from Ayoze Perez – his first this year.
Siem de Jong – scores first goal for Newcastle
But Nelson Oliveira equalized on the stroke of half time and Swansea went further ahead with goals from Sigurdsson and Cork had the Swans 3-1 up after 71 minutes but a late goal from Siem de Jong gave Newcastle some hope with just three minutes to go but we lost again – and that was the second home defeat in a row with a boycott also taking place.
By the way – boycotts do absolutely nothing to help the team on the field – they need our support big time.
But with Hull and Leicester both winning and Sunderland getting a draw at Stoke, we can still be caught by these sides if we continue to lose games like we’ve done over the last two months.
And we now have just four games to go and we need probably at least 3 points – but where they will come from we have no idea.
Newcastle went ahead after 20 minutes and it was good work from Riviere down the left wing, and he crossed the ball into the box and a Swansea defender stopped the ball and Perez instantly hit the ball into the back of the net to put Newcastle ahead – good work from Riviere and that was Perez’ first goal this year.
This was the first time in the last seven games that Newcastle had gone ahead in a game.
We had only scored twice in the last six games – against Arsenal and Tottenham – and when we scored we were already behind in those games.
Newcastle seemed to be going into the break one goal ahead but then right on the strike of half time from a right wing corner Nelson Oliveira was allowed to head the ball home on the six year box, and it was yet another poor goal conceded by Newcastle and at a terrible time too.
But after just four minutes of the second half Newcastle were behind when Swansea attacked down the left wing and Montero crossed the ball and Sigurdsson hit the ball home.
gets the ball on the return and it looked far too simple as he put the ball into the net from just eight yards out.
Siem de Jong had come on as substitute after 75 minutes and got one back for Newcastle with just three minutes to go as Jack Colback crossed and Siem de Jong put it into the back of the net.
But make no mistake about it Newcastle are in complete free-fall now, the confidence of our players is low and next up is a six-pointer at Leicester City next Saturday, and Leicester beat Burnley 1-0 away today, to get their fourth win in a row and are now just 4 points behind Newcastle.
If Newcastle lose the next game we’ll be one point above Leicester City with three games to play, and they have a better goal difference.
But Newcastle have nobody to blame but themselves for not strengthening the side in January, when we knew it was weak with lots of injuries, and relying on a coach who is inexperienced and untested at this high level.
That’s only after we let our experienced manager go for £4M half way through the season.
Both were the cheap options in January.
We don’t blame John Carver – we blame the people who put him in this position with very few players available, and we had plenty of money to spend.
Make no mistake, as we’ve been saying for a few weeks now – Newcastle can be relegated in May – and it may be time to see if we can bring in an experienced manager to help John Carver out over the last four games.