The thing about this game that really surprised and disappointed us is that in the first half we showed the same inadequacies that we showed under John Carver’s short and completely disastrous reign on Tyneside.
We weren’t good enough, and at least one of our players showed a lack of discipline and made things worse by getting himself sent off.
Daryl Janmaat sent off – game over
Montero was too good for Daryl Janmaat in the first half – he was too fast with too many skills and continually beat the Dutch International.
It didn’t help that Daryl was our best player last season.
But the last thing you want to see in a game when we are struggling, is to be reduced to ten men, and that’s what happened – and you could see it coming as Daryl picked up an early yellow card after 17 minutes.
After that he was beaten too many times by Jefferson Montero, and when he pulled the player back after 41 minutes that was a yellow card offense, and he was off.
So just like under the woeful and inadequate John Carver, we shot ourselves in the foot yesterday.
Steve McClaren is more professional and a lot more experienced in coaching than Carver – and Steve and his team now need to show that experience and skill by learning from this game.
But what is clear is that Mbemba and Coloccini at the back may not be good enough – and it’s Coloccini who was again beaten in the air for Swansea’s second goal after 52 minutes.
Chancel looks a very promising player, but this may have shown McClaren we need another top center-back brought in.
The same defensive inadequacies were there for all to see yesterday, that have dogged the team for the last three years.
We didn’t stop the crosses coming in, and when they came in we didn’t defend them very well.
On this display you could say we need two top defenders brought in – a full back and a center-back.
Of course Swansea played like they did last week against Chelsea and looked a very good side yesterday – that’s a saving grace for us – we are playing the better sides very early in the season.
But this game reminded us too much of when John Carver was in charge – and that reign was a nightmare for fans.
Steve McClaren and his coaches have lots of work to do before we face Manchester United in the early kick-off game next Saturday.
We want to see 11 men on the field at the final whistle – we want to see some organization and we want to see full commitment from our players for the full 90 minutes.
Add to that some skill and some intention to score goals – and we’ll be happy enough.
But we cannot have too many of these displays of indiscipline on the field – which happened far too often last season.
There was too much negative over-reaction after this game by the fans – it was only one game and we were not good – but we have to be patient and there are going to be games like this when we look disjointed.
Progress is never in a straight line.
But the challenge for Steve McClaren and company is to have our players learn from yesterday, and give a (much) better performance at Old Trafford.
Oh and we nearly forgot – Newcastle must sign three more players before September 1st and defense is our weakness and number one priority – just like it’s been for over three years now.
This is not rocket science.