In what was a very poor performance from a strong starting side tonight at St. James Park, Newcastle went out of the League Cup 1-0 to Championship club Sheffield Wednesday and it was another powder puff performance from Newcastle who were booed off at the half and booed off at full time.
And the fans did their job by turning up with over 33,000 there at St. James’ Park tonight.
Siem de Jong in action tonight
The winning goal came in the 76th minute from McGugan when he was given far too much time before hitting the ball past goalkeeper Tim Krul.
And then Sheffield Wednesday should have had the game tied up but missed two good chances first when Jao hit the post and then when Bus followed up and headed against the bar.
There seems to be something seriously wrong with Newcastle and Steve McClaren and his staff will have to sort things out very quickly.
The next two games are at home to Chelsea on Saturday and then we are away at Manchester City and in our eight games played so far this season we have lost five of them and won one – against League Two side Northampton, and in five of them we have failed to score.
The League Cup was our big chance of a trophy so that´s gone so early in the season – but winning a trophy is secondary now to trying to stay in the Premier League this season – that´s how bad we´ve been in these last three games.
Newcastle in the final third we were so bad tonight that our first shot on target came after 85 minutes from Gini Wijnaldum.
Moussa Sissoko has a chance in the 11th minute, but his effort just hit outside of the right-hand post.
Marco Matias after 16 minutes hit the ball straight at Tim Krul and then the Dutch keeper had to dive to his left to stop Jeremy Helan’s shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Jao should really have scored, but he slipped as he shot and the ball went wide, but Newcastle looked all at sea and couldn’t seem to do much right.
What has happened to the resilience we showed against Arsenal and Manchester United two of the best clubs in England?
At half-time Newcastle were booed off the field for the second home game running.
McClaren made two changes replacing the ineffective Thauvin with Ayoze Perez and Mbabu came on for Janmaat who was apparently sick – or should we say he was ill -it´s the fans who were sick.
Nothing much changed in the second half with the Owls continuing to look the better team and after 70 minutes on came 19 year-old Ivan Toney for Gabby Obertan.
The second half wasn’t much better, and in the 76th minute McGugan finally put the Owls in front, when he was given far too much time before he shot past Krul.
Wednesday then missed a couple of gilt-edged opportunities when Jao and then Bus hit the bar when they both should have done better.
And then in the final five minutes of the game de Jong had two wonderful chances to score and he missed them both.
There’s something wrong at Newcastle and it seems similar to last season, too many players just don´t seem to have enough mental strength to play for the club.
And they will come in for even more criticism after this rather pitiful performance, and it will be deserved.
The less said about this game the better and if things don´t improve on Saturday we could be taken to the cleaners by Chelsea in that game, and rather quickly.
Steve McClaren has to sort this thing out and just as with John Carver earlier this year, the players are playing nowhere near their potential.
This is simply not good enough and given the players we have – these performances are simply gutless and simply not good enough.
Things have to improve and quickly too, but what chance will we have against Chelsea and Manchester City before the international break if we play like this?
McClaren will call for patience again, but the players and the coaching staff have to do their part too – something they didn´t do tonight – or in our last three games.
Yes we have to be patient and all that good stuff – but this is getting hard to stomach.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Krul, Janmaat (C) (Mbabu, 45), Lascelles, Williamson, Mbemba, Anita, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Obertan (Toney, 70), Thauvin (Perez, 45), De Jong.
Subs: Elliot, Coloccini, Gouffran, Barlaser
Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2): Wildsmith, Palmer, Loovens (C), Semedo, Matias (Bus, 65), McGugan, Lees, Wiggins, Helan, Joao (Nuhiu 80), Sougou (Bannan, 86).
Subs: Price, Turner, Lopez, Pudil
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire)