These Are Worrying Signs For Newcastle

In the last 30 days since we shockingly lost 1-0 at home to second bottom Blackburn Rovers to break our nine game winning streak, we have played seven games.

We have lost four of those games including three in the Championship in the last six league games.

Last night was yet another shocking loss in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park crowd when we managed to lose 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday who are 6th in the league.

Let’s be clear, Sheffield Wednesday were the better side and deserved to win the game with Newcastle showing a lack of direction and no real thrust in the game.

Glenn Loovens scores winner

If we had won last night we would have been a full 15 points ahead of the Owls, but now it’s only 9 points as they moved on to 40 points.

We are now halfway through the season on 23 games played, but if Brighton beat QPR at home today as expected then we will only be in second place.

So much for being the best team ever in the Championship – which was always some self-serving nonsense.

We have lost 6 league games this season already – and that’s a 26.1% loss rate which is far too high and if we continue the second half of the season with that same loss rate we will lose 12 league games out of the 46 games played.

Of the six league games we have lost, four of themhave been at home and we have been beaten four times by teams outside the top six in the league.

Our defeats  have been to Fulham, Huddersfield, Wolves, Blackburn, Nottingham Forest and now Sheffield Wednesday, so you cannot get way from the fact that we are too easy to beat this season.

In our promotion season seven years ago we lost only four games all season and none of them at home.

So we should level-set now and prepare to somehow win against Nottingham Forest at home on Friday night in front of another sell-out crowd, but that could prove difficult against a side who have already beaten us this season and will now fancy their chances to get the double over us.

And our players don’t seem to be at their best at home and certainly not in front of a sell-out crowd and that has to be all in the mind.

You cannot get way from the fact that this Newcastle side is not as good as we think they are and certainly not as good as most journalists think – there’s been too much nonsense written about this side.

We’re not as good as we think we are.

Normally we’d like to think it was just a bad night at the office but losing four games in the last seven over the last four weeks is not good and it’s ominous that we looked lack-lustre last night without the creative Jonjo Shelvey and we were outplayed by a good Owls side.

This is now a challenge for Rafa to turn this thing around and we have full confidence in our manager.

But it’s never been easy supporting Newcastle United, because they never do things the easy way.

Even this season we have had to take some very painful losses – the first two games were tremendous shocks to the system for a team that was supposed to walk away with the Championship – well at least according to the experts in the game.

That’s not going to happen.

The last four weeks of the year have not been good – let’s at least be clear about that.

We shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves and think we will get automatic promotion this season – there’s a decent case to be made that may not happen.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 27, 2016 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #1

    There will be a lot more set backs this season if we keep dishing up the Shite we did last night.
    Same old same old every home game slow sideways passing then then the lumped cross or lumped forward and no strong muscular forward to challenge.
    We are to slow, ponderous and teams are now getting savvy on how to play us – got no guile except Shelvey on how to open their defence up – so they sit back and hit us on the counter attack with pace – score the goal then sit back as we huff and puff to break them down.

    Hell if we go up Ashley is going to have to dig deep as we will come straight back down with that squad.

    Maybe Friday is the time to refresh the team by making a few changes

  • posada

    Dec 27, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Some good comments on here just after the game summed it up basically.
    Rafa starting to get like McLaren. plays his best team for the last 10 minutes.
    Diame – Very poor. Offered nothing all game.
    We play two central midfielders who sit so deep we allow the other side time and space. We concede possession to the other team.
    Did it against Wigan but they did not have the quality to finnish.
    Rafa takes the safe defensive option every time. Until Atsu came on we had no pace to threaten them.
    But enough said.

  • posada

    Dec 27, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #3

    By the way what happened to the Rotation Policy.
    Diame needs rotating.
    Out of the side.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 27, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Performance goes back to what I have said about rafa’s weaknesses as a manager. 1. Being too defensive minded. 2. Inflexibility re 4231. Why he cannot play 442 at home is beyond me. . We have by far the most expensive squad in the league but we have really only let the dog off the leash in two or three games. And believe me, this is not a good league. This reminded me of the Fulham game but it was worse because we were at home. Come on Rafa, let’s attack more at home. You ain’t playing Barcelona. I appreciate that Rafa is a fine manager but only a fool would not see his weaknesses but too many on this site, from day one, have been unable to accept this. Which shows limited football knowledge imo

  • posada

    Dec 27, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree. There are some good managers in this league and a few of them have now out thought Rafa.
    We are predictable and they have come up with the answers.
    We don’t seem able to put other teams under pressure when they have the ball.
    At the end of the day we are a few points above third. All teams not nearly as well resourced as nufc.


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