When Are Newcastle Going To Fix Their Biggest Problem?

Newcastle were hammered 6-1 at Manchester City yesterday and the first half was almost a continuation of how we had played so well against Chelsea in the last game.

Newcastle went ahead through Aleksandar Mitrovic in the 18th minutes – his first goal for Newcastle – and we then scored what looked like a perfectly good goal that was disallowed for whatever reason and Mitrovic had another great chance that Joe Hart saved.

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Steve McClaren – yes it was that bad in second half

Aguero scored before half time and so at 1-1 Newcastle were in this game and if anything were even the better side in the first half.

Then we completely collapsed and let in five goals before the 62nd minute with Aguero getting four of them and Newcastle’s Achilles heel of the last three seasons kicked in – our weak defense.

The defense was ripped to shreds by City in those devastating first 18 minutes of the second half.

To say that Manchester City played great at that time is to completely miss the point – Newcastle let them play that way.

In the last three seasons, we have conceded 190 goals in the league for an average of around 63 goals a season which is very poor.

After eight league games that have yielded only three draws we have the worst goal difference in the Premier League (-11) and have conceded 17 goals – also the worst in the Premier League.

Newcastle are on track to concede 81 goals this season if that average per game continues.

So it would be a difficult argument to make to say we had strengthened our defense in the summer.

We brought in Chancel Mbemba as the only defender good enough to start for Newcastle with Jamaal Lascelles also brought in, but the 21 year-old is not ready for the first team yet.

It’s hard not to see that Newcastle’s big weakness is still the defense, but we spent big money on midfielders and a striker last summer.

It’s not working to rely on Coloccini as the center back who always starts – because he is the captain.

The top target for the January transfer window has to be a top center back like Joel Matip from Schalke as one example.

While you will not hear any sounds of panic from the Newcastle Board our start this season is almost a continuation of last season.

This cannot be what the powers that be at Newcastle expected after eight games played and over £52M spent last summer.

The good news is that we are only 5 points from safety – and we still have a massive 30 league games to play this season.

It’s certainly not the time to panic.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 4, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Mcca put us in this situation. He made a wrong move on Colo. I bet Lee and Carr wtd out

  • cyprus

    Oct 4, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Still trying to understand what happened. From toe to toe with this year’s champs, when we should have been leading 0-2 as a perfect goal was dismissed by a dumb lines man; to a total collapse. Few teams can achieve this.

    The blog and others (e.g see tweets, sport programmes) were full of praise, then full of condemnation. Only NUFC man.

    So we start the blame game once more and, as I noted last night, it’s getting ugly. It’s ok for the fans to do this. Of course, the reason we are divided is because no one is solely to blame. The owner is de facto responsible since the buck stops with him. The scout for his crap choices and limited country vision. The coach for not getting the tactics right and his surely amazing half time talk. That psychology guy for ‘inspiring’ the players to an incredible defeat. The young guy for building (dismantling) his CV on our backs. The players for not being good enough. The fans for not sticking with the team through thin and thin. etc.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 4, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #3

    And it looks like the Mackems will have a new manager when they play the toon – AGAIN – arghhhhhhh

  • geordie157

    Oct 4, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Things would be a lot better if we had an Ashley Williams type centre back and a Carrick type centre mid, two leaders with the centre back a physical no nonsense type defender and the midfielder who drives the team forward by controlling the midfield and being able to get us up the pitch with some quality passing.

    Fix those two, with mitrovic up top and we might finally have a solid spine to the team.

    I like Anita and colback but we need better quality there.

    It’s hard to see who we could get though and they need to be premier league players who hit the ground running.

  • Derek

    Oct 4, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #5

    The biggest problem is the owner

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 4, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Will die…Charnley should have been shown the door along with Carver and Stone!

    This time sure he’s top of the blame cake…and SM cannot hide either – he got his coaching team (more than half of Derby’s) they are all Championship level!

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 4, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #7

    i hvae no idea what happened yesterday, from looking the better team in the first half to looking the worst team iv seen in a long time.

    a few things that i believe has gone wrong.

    1st, Abeid should not have been let go, nor should have Jonas, Abeid is younger and better than Tiote, and jonas gives his all in every game.

    2. get players like Obertan Goofy Williamson away from the first team, there simply not good enough.

    3, this is a hard one, but we need a better keeper, Tim Krul is not good enough, he is the worst kicker out of all the keepers in the prem, and it seems like anything that comes his way goes past him.

    4,Colo, he should be used as back up only, and certainly not our captain.

    gutted about yesterday, but Mac hasnt got a lot of time left to sort this out

  • cyprus

    Oct 4, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Possibly, but if we blame him for that second half can we praise him for that first half? Did he pick Thauvin etc.? Did he somehow influence the half time talk?
    No man, that’s the easy one, although he has his nice big share.

  • Bambams

    Oct 4, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #9

    We need to be ruthless, we all have our favourite players, we all want the local lad to do well but it’s not working.
    Yesterday’s result what only a surprise in the fact we were shocking in the second half. Had the 6 goals been conceded 3 in first and 3 in second half we would not have been THAT surprised.
    ‘For me’ Sissoko, Colo, Gouffran, Obertan, Anita and even Krul are not good enough or ‘consistent enough ‘ for us to become a top 6 team.
    Our biggest problem is our owner, he has let morale become so depleted over the last few seasons a cloud is hanging over.
    He finally starts to spend money but the damage has already done. Once the opposition equalise or go ahead…heads drop – here we go again.
    Krul is probably the lad who suffers the most – I am not blaming him for our defeats.
    Unless we spend ‘what we have’ and bring in some top players in January we will be relegated.
    Who those players will be, I have no idea.
    I still want to give Mac a chance, I still think he will be a good manager/coach

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Our biggest problem is continually scooping managers out of the dust bin. I was watching Southampton last night and thinking that if we signed Mane & Pelle they’d be flops under Pardew, Carver, or McClaren. If we’re a big club that signs players with big reputations (before they play for us) we should bring in a top coach. If we’d had Koeman and Pochettino then I bet our team wouldn’t be doing a lot better.

    The manager is more important than any of the players. It’s time we showed some ambition and got a manager that excites the fans, and gives the players a boost. Not a man who has a good reputation at coaching but after 15 or so years managing still hasn’t proven to anyone he can manage.

  • sickandtired

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    @MikeWilliams – Damn right, mate.
    No ‘coach’ in the world is going to make a difference here under an Ashley regime which does not allow him to sign and sell his own players instead of having to ‘coach’ Carr’s (or Wise’s before that).
    Ashley is 100% against a proper Manager and has stuck to that mantra since he arrived.
    75% of this team aren’t good enough. Indeed the whole club set-up is not good enough from U18’s, Reserves, to the first team.

  • nufc 11

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Foreign players new to the league is not the way to go. Colo never came out for the second half yesterday what kind of captain does that? What manager keeps him as captain after that? Macca wanted a big job big decisions come with it. Man city were made look like the barca team of old wtf.


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