Newcastle continued their disastrous form in the FA Cup at Watford this afternoon when we went down 1-0 to Watford and that’s the fourth time in a row we have exited the competition at the first hurdle.
It is also the sixth time in nine attempts in the FA Cup that we have been eliminated from the competition at the very first attempt since Mike Ashley brought the club back in the summer of 2007.
And we have reached the 4th round only three times in 2008,2010 and 2012.
Troy Deeney scoring just before half time
And this was the 13th defeat this season in Newcastle’s 23 total games in all competitions – an absolutely dire record.
That’s a 56.5% loss record and only a 21.7% win rate – pathetic.
And the team was booed off at the end and it’s difficult to know how Steve McClaren can put a positive spin on this – that’s now four successive defeats and it’s getting near the eight successive defeats we suffered under John Carver.
How low can you go?
And it was the fourth game in a row we have lost 1-0 so the fourth game in a row we haven’t managed to score a single goal – but we missed enough chances today – especially in the first half.
Newcastle had most of the possession in the first half , but we just couldn’t put the chances away and it was reminiscent of last weeks game at the Emirates.
Kevin Mbabu showed up well in the first half and this lad looks a good player when he gets a chance – but he doesn’t get enough chances to play in the first team under manager McClaren.
Janmaat started the game well and after 8 minutes forced a good save from Gomes and then Mitrovic should have done better when he followed after another good save by Gomes – this time from a good Wijnaldum effort.
And then after great work from Moussa Sissoko – Ayoze Perez should have done better but he hit the ball wide.
After Newcastle should have been (well) ahead it was Troy Deeney who put the home side ahead just one minute before the break and again it was lax defending by Newcastle that was punished.
Georginio Wijnaldum put in a very poor back-pass and that allowed Deeney to race clear and go around keeper Rob Elliot before slotting the ball home – and so Newcastle even gifted Watford their goal
And it was a very bad time to concede a goal.
Newcastle went in at the break 1-0 down when if we had somebody who could the ball into the back of the net we should really have been ahead by a couple of goals.
At half time Steve McClaren brought on Jamaal Lascelles for Fabricio Coloccini which seemed a strange move to make.
And then after 52 minutes Kevin Mbabu, who had been playing well, was surprisingly replaced by Florian Thauvin.
Things didn’t get much better for Newcastle and Mitrovic again missed a golden opportunity to score after Moussa Sissoko had done well in getting in a fine cross.
It was two poor teams in the second half and if anything newcatsle were still the better side – but when you cannot score you cannot win games – it’s as simple as that.
At the end the fed up traveling Newcastle fans were singing “We want our money back” with another lackluster performance from Newcastle.
And there were also boos from the away end of the ground when the final whistle was blown – and that wasn’t too surprising.
We need two strikers brought in during January on the evidence of this game – not just one – that’s if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.
That’s looking more doubtful all the time as the season goes by.
We must also strengthen the defense in January – as well as the striking department.
That’s clear otherwise we will be a Championship club again – and deserve to be.
We have lost 13 games in 23 total games this season.
That’s absolutely and totally pathetic.