Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson was impressed with Newcastle’s performance against West Brom last Saturday and while he said it should have been 4-0 or 5-0 – it was only 1-0.
Paul also points out Newcastle’s woeful away form and how terrible we looked at Everton – when some of our players only woke up in the second half.
And therein lies the reason why Newcastle have dropped so many points from winning positions this season – 12 in all – because when we are creating chances and on top we cannot score the goals.
We could even have dropped 2 points last Saturday after being completely dominant when West Brom had a good chance to equalize in stoppage time.
Paul Merson – takes Chelsea for the win
In January we didn’t really bring in the proven Premier League striker we needed and Seydou Doumbia is still way short of being match-fit.
So we will have to rely on players like Aleksandar Mitrovic and others to get the goals if we are to pull off a win in London tomorrow.
This is what Paul Merson said to Sky Sports about tomorrow’s game:
“Newcastle played really well last week against West Brom and could have won by four or five.”
“But, in the end, it was only 1-0 and West Brom had a chance to equalise late on, so it’s worrying they didn’t put the game to bed.”
“Chelsea are a different side now the players want to have a go, they have really picked up under Guus Hiddink.”
“I’ve got to take Newcastle’s dismal showing at Everton last week into consideration though, so I’m backing Chelsea here.”
“Newcastle’s away form has a greater influence than their impressive home performances.”
Newcastle have only a miserly 6 goals and 7 points in 12 games on the road – and two of those goals and 3 of the points were at White Hart Lane in the unlikely 2-1 win.
We have failed to score in eight of the 12 away games this season, so scoring goals has been a problem for us for a couple of seasons now – and we still haven’t solved that particular problem.
Maybe next season?
That’s one reason why we could still be struggling come the end of the season unless players like Mitrovic, Wijnaldum, Perez and Doumbia can start hitting the net for us.
And we’re not even going to mention that our other problem is the defense and it has been for over three years now – and that we also failed to solve that specific problem last month.
What do you think?