After three games under Rafa Benitez it looks like the magical turnaround under the great former Liverpool manager may not happen after all and we lost a vital game on Saturday – and once again our players were outfought by hungry Norwich City players.
It’s been a problem all season that too many of our players don’t turn up when the going gets tough – and that happened in the first half on Saturday when Norwich were 1-0 up at half-time, but we had to thank goalkeeper Karl Darlow for keeping us in the game.
Alan Shearer – Newcastle defending is very poor
Our players lack heart and guts -= and that’s going to be a big problem during the run-in.
This is what Alan Shearer said on BBC’s Match of the Day:
“Norwich up for it for 90 minutes rather than for 45 minutes like Newcastle were,”
“Newcastle didn’t start at all in the first half, couldn’t get to grips with Norwich, They got one goal and should have had two or three in the first half.”
“There’s only Aston Villa that’s conceded more goals than Newcastle and this is one of the reasons that they’re staring at the Championship I’m afraid.”
“To be fair to Norwich they keep on going.” “But for Newcastle to get themselves back in the game and then defend like they did, that’s why they’re staring at the Championship.”
After Saturday the task looks a lot more difficult than it was when Rafa first came in when we had 10 games to play but it’s not impossible.
But we have collected just one point from the last six games – and it’s not a good time to have our worst slump this season.
It’s likely we will be relegated unless some of our players wake up and give it everything they have for the full 95 minutes of all the seven games we still have left to play.
But in reality it’s not looking good.