We lost our second game in a short two days yesterday when a header after 78 minutes from West Brom captain and former Manchester United star Steven Fletcher, was enough to give West Brom their first win in six league games against a poor looking Newcastle side.
So two 1-0 defeats means no points picked up by Newcastle over the Christmas period and we are now 3rd bottom of the league table and in relegation trouble half way through the season with only 17 points.
There hasn’t been much Christmas cheer at Newcastle United this year.
Fab Coloccini challenges Victor Anichebe yesterday
In fact this is our worst start ever to a Premier League season after 19 games played and we were 5 points better off in 2008 – which turned out to be a relegation season for Newcastle.
This is what captain Fabricio Coloccini said on the Newcastle web-site immediately following the game yesterday:
“We are all disappointed. It is similar to the Everton game on Boxing Day, losing by a late goal from a cross.” “We didn’t play well. We had a couple of chances but we didn’t score and we have now lost two games in three days.”
“We defended well for big parts of the game but you cannot defend for 95 minutes. The opposition are always going to have a chance that way, and they may score.” “When we get chances we have to take them.”
“The Premier League is very difficult and you have to score when the opportunity is there.” “It has been a very tough year and there are so many things we need to improve on.”
“Hopefully we can put those things right over the next year, improve on the mistakes we are making. We have to work hard to turn this situation around as soon as possible, and we will do that.”
“We are going to work very hard to get out of the relegation zone.” “When a player gets injured in the warm-up, or is sick like Robbie, and the team has to change it is always difficult.”
“But we cannot say that was why we lost. There is always a teammate who can come in and do the same work and today that was Karl.”
“Karl is a very good goalkeeper, we trust him and have confidence in him. The result was not because of the change.”
We expect Rob Elliot to be OK to resume in goal at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon and we have to try to get something out of that game – but with Arsenal challenging again for the Premier League title – that’s going to be very tough.