It was not a good performance last night and the 2-0 defeat at WEst Ham was just enough to see us go rock bottom of the league table below Stoke City and Sunderland.
Newcastle now have one less point this season than we had last season at this point.
We have only two points – two draws and three defeats from the five league games played.
Ayoze Perez last night – good sub appearance
Here are five things we learned from what we saw last night, and some of the things maybe Steve McClaren and the coaching staff can do for Saturday’s home game against Watford.
- Newcastle’s defense is still gelling and the two goals we conceded last night were poor ones – especially the second goal, when we were caught short at the back.
That happened too many times last season, and it was poor especially when their fast breakaway came from a set play – a Florian Thauvin free kick into their penalty box.
- It will take some time to gel – and that’s a worry, but that happens when you bring in players from the continent who have never played in the Premier League before.
Newcastle brought in four good players – but it will take them time to adjust to football in England – and that’s a concern with the example last season that Remy Cabella couldn’t adjust to football in England.
- Papiss Cisse is not a good striker when he has to play up front on his own, He is not big and physical and tends to get lost in games when he is the lone striker.
What may work is a Mitrovic Cisse partnership once the Serbian is back.
- We haven’t seemed to solve our inability to score goals and be a threat in the final third of the field even though we now have Mitrovic, Wijnaldum, de Jong and Aarons available.
Newcastle did attack on the second half and with a more cutting edge may have been able to get back into the game. But we weren’t good enough.
- Other players deserve a chance to start against Watford on Saturday and there were decent performances last night from subs Siem de Jong and Ayoze Perez.
Siem almost scored but the Hammers goalkeeper tipped his shot over the bar. Ayoze Perez looked what he is – a good up and coming striker for the club.
Perez deserves a chance on Saturday.
Rolando Aarons is another who has shown he can both create and score goals for Newcastle when given his chance.
Those are two things we need desperately at the moment.
Steve McClaren is an experienced coach and he has faced adversity many times before in football – we hope he can make the necessary changes that will get us the win on Saturday afternoon.
That’s what we need.
What do you think McClaren should do for Saturday’s game at home to Watford.