There was only one man who came out of the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Monday night with any credit and that was goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who continues to show he should be Newcastle’s number one.
But for a string of superlative saves from the 26 year-old in both halves, the scoreline could have been a lot worse to add to the embarrassment of losing once again at home.
Karl was easily our Man of the Match with 85% of the vote in what was one of the worst performances we have seen from a Newcastle side this season.
Karl Darlow in action on Boxing Day
And when it’s in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park crowd of over 52,000 when we are expected to win the game to add to the Christmas cheer – it doesn’t help.
It doesn’t help at all.
Newcastle may have a good side this season, but we are far from invincible as seven total defeats in the first half of the season amply demonstrates.
To even suggest we are the best team ever in the Championship is both silly and self-serving.
We were outplayed for most of the game and with that also being the first of five games Jonjo Shelvey will miss through suspension, it’s another big concern for the upcoming games.
Promotion doesn’t look so easy after that performance and result against one of the promotion candidates.