If what was served up tonight at St. James’ Park is any guide as to how we will perform with Jonjo Shelvey out of the side, then we need to bring in a creative midfielder as fast as we can next month.
It may be good that there are only three more league games that Jonjo will miss and we have to hope that Newcastle recover from what was a poor showing tonight when we really didn’t deserve anything out of this game.
Karl Darlow was unbelievable in the Newcastle goal and he is quickly becoming a big star at the club.
Wednesday players celebrate winning goal
Of the four games we have lost at home in the league already – we have failed to score in three of them.
But it has to be worrying that our players may have started to believe their own headlines – because in the seven games since we had that nine game winning streak we have lost four games and three of them at home.
That’s not good – and we are too easy to beat this season – having lost seven games in all including the defeat at Hull City in the League Cup.
So while the team is a vast improvement on last season’s shambles under the woeful Steve McClaren – Rafa is right – Newcastle still need to improve if we are going to be promoted in May.
And this performance should enhance Newcastle’s chances of bringing some new players in next month.
And we should be very careful of saying that it’s a forgone conclusion we will be promoted in May.
And we would point to losing four games of the last seven as proof of that and it’s not that the teams that beat us are world beaters either.
Blackburn, Hull (bottom of PL), Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday,
It’s times like these when good teams show themselves, but we must become a lot harder to beat than we showed tonight when Wednesday wanted the win more than we did.
That’s simply inexcusable.
This was a hard game to watch and a very tough defeat to take just one day after Christmas.