This was not in the script for Newcastle this season.
And after the last two pathetic seasons – when our players have looked pathetic and embarrassing at times – we have started this season worse than we did the last two – with two successive defeats and another lethargic display from far too many of Newcastle’s highly paid players.
This time it was against Huddersfield Town at home, who probably couldn’t believe their luck in winning today at St. James’ Park and starting the season with two 2-1 wins and now they are 6 points above Newcastle.
Huddersfield players celebrate famous win against a poor Newcastle side
Maybe the Newcastle club is just cursed?
Whatever it is – this is all extremely embarrassing.
Certainly in the long 9 years we have run this blog, we have had one single decent season in 2011-2012 and far too many of them have been poor and (very) painful ones – it’s just not worth the effort.
Rafa Benitez needs to sort this thing out quickly, and we cannot have players like Jonjo Shelvey as one example, wearing the back and white shirt when he doesn’t seem to care.
Drop him and some others for Wednesday’s game against Reading – another defeat in that home game will be building an even deeper hole for us.
It’s never been easy to play for Newcastle and it seems a lot of our new players are finding that out rather quickly.
And the current situation seems a bit like when Benitez first came in last March – he needs to look for players who are big enough to wear the shirt.
This is what a shocked Rafa said after the game today:
“We weren’t expecting that kind of display.” “We knew Huddersfield would be difficult to break down, but we didn’t play at a level we wanted to. We improved in the second half but we’re really disappointed.”
“It’s good that we have an immediate opportunity to bounce back,” “I don’t think you can call these first two results a reality check.” “We knew how difficult this division would be and the players just need to show a little more confidence.”
From what we have seen so far, there are too many of our players who seem not big enough to wear the shirt – they need to stop messing around and start to play some decent football.
And soon too.