This season was not meant to turn out like this.
But we suffered our third defeat in a row tonight at St. James’ Park against Championship side Nottingham Forest and all three goals we conceded were poor ones in which the defense completely switched off.
Aleksandar Mitrovic had put us ahead after just 3 minutes with a good goal but then sloppy defending allowed Forest to take the lead 2-1 with both goals being scored by Jason Cummings (29 and 31 minutes) before Rolando Aarons equalized in first half extra time with a great goal and it was 2-2 at the break.
That’s how it finished after 90 minutes, and in extra time Forest was superior and scored after 97 minutes through Walker to put Forest through to the third round of the League Cup, and we are out of the League Cup at the first hurdle.
Rolando Aarons after scoring Newcastle’s second goal
Seems like old times and this was an abysmal performance by Newcastle who were outfought by a Championship side at home – shame on us – and Rafa has lots of problems he has to solve quickly.
But we also started a weak side tonight, and Rafa made a full 10 changes to the side that lost 1-0 at Huddersfield last Sunday.
If we can come back and win at home to West Ham on Saturday at home that would give us all a huge lift, but we will have to start playing a lot better than in these first three games.
This is the first time Rafa has lost three games in a row at Newcastle and with another defeat tonight at home, the mood is going to be sour – at best.