This Is Definitely Newcastle´s Achilles Heel

Steve Harper has been interviewed about Newcastle´s plight – we are second bottom of the league with just 6 points from the first 10 league games – and he thinks that Steve McClaren and his staff will be given time to turn things around at the Tyneside club.

Steve McClaren at the start of the season said judge me after 10 games, but he´s kind of backed away from that with only 6 points gained after the number of games and more than a quarter of the season gone by.

steve harper the last farewell

Steve Harper – a farewell wave to Newcastle fans

But if things don´t improve he will not be given unlimited time and it seems a case of getting Newcastle to play at their best for the full 90 minutes.

In our games so far this season we have been punished in games when we cannot seem to keep up the good play we have shown – and that good play is only sporadic.

Our defense is still our biggest weakness as it has been for the last three season – when we conceded 190 league goals – and we have already conceded 22 goals in 10 games so far – the worst record in the Premier League and on track to concede 83 goals over the full 38 game season.


And the teams on either side of us in the league – Aston Villa and Sunderland – have already seen their managers leave the club.

This is what the former Newcastle goalkeeper has said:

“The performances have been OK in patches, and you can see there are some good things in this team.”

“By all accounts Aston Villa’s performances haven’t been great, which is why they have taken action.”

“While the performances are OK then I think McClaren will be given time, if that were to change then I think it would speed up any action they were going to take.”

“The frustrating thing is there are signs there, Newcastle just need a 90-minute performance.”

“They were excellent at Manchester City for 45 minutes and then got beat by 6, they did well in periods at Sunderland, it is just playing for 90 minutes.”

“There are some good attacking signs but the Achilles heal is defensively as they always look like they will concede goals.”

“The heavy defeat for Bournemouth will leave a few wounds, Norwich are sliding down and Villa are in real trouble. The sooner Newcastle and Sunderland start putting points on the board the better.”

Hopefully, Newcastle can get a win at home to Stoke on Saturday but another defeat would not be good – and that’s a huge understatement.

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