Newcastle did not play well today in front of a sold-out crowd of over 52,000 at St. James’ Park and so much for making St. James’ Park a fortress this season, as we did not play well and lost our second league game – this time 2-1 to Huddersfield – we will be near the bottom of the Championship tonight.
It has now been a disastrous start to the league for Newcastle and you cannot even say that Fulham and Huddersfield are two of the best sides in the Championship and it could well become another long hard season for Newcastle – but this time in the England second division.
That would be really shocking if that happens – we have had enough pain over the last two and a half years at Newcastle.
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A stern looking Rafa Benitez at the end of the game today
Newcastle did not play well in the first half and again – just like at Fulham – the Newcastle defense went to sleep just before half time and Huddersfield scored through Wells in stoppage time for the first half – so we were 1-00 down at the break – just like at Fulham.
The team was booed off the field at the half on a day that was supposed to get us on track with an easy 3 points, but it didn’t turn out to be like that.
Newcastle started better in the second half with Matt Ritchie coming on for Rolando Aarons, and after 60 minutes we got a penalty and Gayle’s spot kick was saved but he followed up to head the ball home and put the two sides level at 1-1.
So you would have thought Newcastle could have gone on to win this game but no – after 82 minutes Payne scored after finding some space on the right.
Time ran out and amazingly we could even be bottom of the league tonight.
We are going to get panned by the pundits – that’s for sure.
So that’s two defeats in two games – and three goals conceded and only one scored – and that was through a penalty and we couldn’t even score cleanly from that.
We did not expect to start the season in this way and if Graeme Souness was right and that Newcastle go into a crisis after two successive defeats we’re in a crisis.
But at least this time the games come thick and fast and we are at home to Reading on Wednesday night, but Newcastle will first have to get their act together before we give too many points away this early in the season.
Indeed Rafa may have to keep some experienced players like Cheick Tiote and yes – even Moussa Sissoko – at the club for this season.
This is not turning out to be a walk in the park a lot of people expected.
Even more pain for Newcastle fans today.
But not the time to panic.