It was not good news before this game even started tonight at West Ham, and once the game got underway, things only got worse, as Newcastle were well beaten 2-0.
The Newcastle coach was caught in traffic and was 40 minutes late arriving at the ground, and there was some bad news when the team sheet was turned.
The 29 year-old Steven Taylor wasn’t on the subs bench, and it looks like he has suffered another injury – according to the Shields Gazette.
Steven Taylor – in action at Old Trafford
Jamaal Lascelles was named on the bench in place of Taylor, although it’s not clear what injury Steven has picked up or how bad it is.
Paul Dummett had a relapse of his hamstring problem a short while ago, so he’s out for a number of weeks, and Mike Williamson was having problems with an inflamed elbow, although that should have cleared up by tonight – but maybe it hasn’t.
So that’s two back four players and maybe three who could be unavailable for Saturday’s game, and it’s now a very important game at home to newly promoted Watford.
Last season Newcastle got 3 points from the first 5 games played and only four out of the first 7 games played and brought out the Sack Pardew crowd – who still remain anonymous.
Since Alan Pardew left Newcastle have played 24 league games and won only three.
This season we have only two points from he first five games – and we really needed to get off to a good start, after what happened in the second half of last season.
Siem de Jong and Ayoze Perez looked sharp when they came on tonight after 60 minutes, and both must be in contention to start the game on Saturday.
A win is what we need against Watford, although they have been playing well so far this season.