When Odion Ighalo scored his second goal after only 28 minutes yesterday. it was hard to believe Newcastle were playing so poorly as they were being opened up so easily by newly promoted Watford.
And this was supposed to be the game where the team would make amends for their very poor display on Monday night at West Ham, when it looked like they didn’t bother to show up – even though they arrived at the ground 40 minutes late due to traffic.
One worry we have is this team is not mentally strong enough and just like last season, we don’t seem to have any leaders on the pitch.
Steve McClaren – what are they dong?
This is what Shearer said on BBC’s Match of the Day on Saturday night:
“Before anyone has a pop at me, Watford were absolutely outstanding from start to finish, better all over the park.”
“This is a Newcastle team that got absolutely battered from pundits and media alike, because of Monday at West Ham, being beaten 2-0.”
“They are at home, you’d expect them to come out, roll their sleeves up and have a right good go.” “And I looked at Newcastle there and I thought ‘no, no chance’. There wasn’t enough there at all.”
“Thauvin turns up in a tux. This is a serious business we’re in here. It was funny on the first day of the season, it’s not funny anymore.”
“From start to finish Newcastle were abject, really, really poor and big problems for the manager.”
We have a chance to actually win a game on Wednesday night when we take on Sheffield Wednesday at St. James’ Park in the 3rd round of the League Cup.
We should be able to win that game.