Newcastle have not played well in the last few games, and we are giving away far too many soft goals in defense.
We have lost four games on the trot which is exactly what happened to our opponents tomorrow night – West Brom – but under caretaker manager Gary Megson on Saturday they stopped the rot with a very good 1-1 draw at Tottenham and probably should have won the game.
If we don’t tighten up in defense tomorrow night, we could suffer our 5th defeat in a row and against a team below us in the league table.
It doesn’t surprise us that pundit Paul Merson predicts another defeat for Newcastle – in each of his predictions he seems to talk about the weakness of Newcastle and the strengths of the other team.
And we looked hopeless last time out – all over the place in fact at the back.
It’s when he predicts a win for us that we always lose, so there’s hope yet for tomorrow night, but we admit to being worried about this game.
Paul Merson – predicts yet another defeat for Newcastle
If we do lose tomorrow night, then the alarm bells could be ringing at Newcastle since we have to visit Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.
Here’s what Paul Merson has said about the game tomorrow night – he compliments West Brom and slams Newcastle – so it’s par for the course for Paul:
“A brilliant result for Gary Megson at Spurs and they really should have won it with Salomon Rondon missing that sitter at the end.”
“So I am going to go for West Brom to win this as Newcastle were all over the shop against Watford – welcome to the Premier League now, four defeats on the trot.”
“I am not exaggerating, Watford could have won 8-0! Newcastle are all over the place and I am going to go 2-0 to West Brom.”
If Watford had taken all their chances it could have been 8-0, but teams very rarely do that of course, and if we had taken our chances we could have scored about 3 goals – but we didn’t.
Alan Shearer pointed out after the game the result could have been 6-0 as Watford were able to create far too many chances against a usually steady Newcastle team.
If Rafa cannot quickly fix the Newcastle defense and the team in general, then we could be heading for trouble in our upcoming games before the end of the year.
It’s crucial we get back to playing good solid football again.
If we go into a bad slump for the rest of this year it will also threaten the potential sale of Newcastle United – that’s almost a given.