It’s always something when Newcastle are beaten these days – and we suppose today we would have won 1-0 – but Watford scored two goals.
As usual in the first half we looked a good side but good sides go ahead when they have chances and we hardly ever do that – and we just cannot convert the chances and it’s been a problem all season and last season too.
So now that it’s 23 days into the January transfer window, how come we haven’t signed an experienced striker yet?
Steve McClaren – on the touchline today
In life you either get the results or the reasons – and we’ve heard every reason under the sun why we have lost 12 league games this season.
The referee made an error, we were unlucky , the other goalkeeper was great, we played great except for ten minutes when they scored six – and in one interview from Steve McClaren today – we were terrific apart from the two goals.
Those reasons are also sometimes called excuses.
When we were relegated way back in 1961 we used to say daft things – after say we lost 4-1 like for example – one of their goals was offside, our goalkeeper should have saved another and we missed two sitters – we should have won 3-2.
And while we know that Steve McClaren has to stay upbeat for the players morale – the reasons given after the games are getting to be all too familiar.
Our results this season have been horrendous – and Steve has to remember he’s in a results-based business, results are what matter – not near misses.
The result is everything – especially when your are fighting against relegation – and today Watford scored one more goal than us.
Our results so far this Premier League season are the worst ever in our Premier League history.
This is what Steve McClaren said after today’s game to Sky Sports
“I thought we were tremendous,” . “Great attitude, effort and we controlled the game. We worked and created chances but winning football matches is about what you do in both boxes, and unfortunately we conceded two and didn’t do enough in the other..”
“We’re scoring at home but we aren’t scoring away. You can’t keep having to score two goals a game to try and get a result, so the balance isn’t quite right at the moment. But the attitude, the organisation and the football we’re playing is very, very good and deserved more today.”
“There was no need to play offside, we talked a lot about that.” “Ighalo looked offside but he plays on the line and he got the decision and finished it well, which was disappointing straight after half-time..”
“Then we didn’t defend two crosses into our box, and you’ve got to do that – win your duels in both boxes. That gave us a mountain to climb but from then we really had a go, went for it, created chances and there was only one team that was going to score at the end.”
Unless and until we can get a striker in who can score goals, we can be positive about everything all the way down to the Championship, which would be a complete disaster.
If Newcastle don’t sign the striker we obviously need for whatever reason(s) – they are asking too high a fee – he’s asking too much in wages – he’s too injury prone – his club wont sell – then we will deserve to become a Championship club.
Lee Charnley is fond of saying there will be no knee-jerk reactions from Newcastle.
Well – perhaps that’s part of the problem with people running the club from the top – in a crisis we don’t do enough and often we don’t seem to do anything.
What happened last season is Newcastle were really lucky to survive when Lee Charnley did absolutely nothing as John Carver lost nine of the last eleven games and almost had us relegated.
We thought when we beat West Ham 2-0 the nightmare was over – but we were wrong.
There is still time and something must be done this coming week to get the players in we need – initiative and courage have to be shown from those at the top – otherwise we could be relegated.
And at the end of the season we will be told the reasons we are being relegated – and just how unlucky we were.