Disappointing Newcastle Miss Big Opportunity – Lose Ground To Relegation Rivals

For some reason Newcastle just don’t look the part at home this season – we seem to pay much better away from home.

Newcastle could only draw 1-1 at home to bottom club Swansea yesterday, and we had to come from behind to get the point.

And it’s been almost three months since we won a league game at St. James’ Park when we beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on October 21st.

And yesterday was the same old story – we had chances to win this game, especially in the first half – but we didn’t take them.

Dwight Gayle had two free headers in the box that he failed to score from and Perez and Dummett had other chances to score in the first half.

And then after 60 minutes, Swansea created their first clear chance and they took it when Ayew headed home after a good save from Karl Darlow.

Rafa Benitez brought on Joselu for Gayle immediately and would you believe it – the Spanish striker equalized four minutes after coming on to make it 1-1.

He put a shot just inside the post for a good goal and that was Joselu’s 4th goal of the season, and he is now top joint scorer with Ayoze Perez.

It was also Newcastle’s first league goal at St James’ Park since back on December 9.

Dwight Gayle – missed a good chance in first half

Both teams then went for the winner, but in truth the team more likely to have scored a winner were Swansea.

It could have been even worse with DeAndre Yedlin cleared an effort from Wilfried Bony off the line in stoppage time – otherwise, it would have been a 2-1 defeat.

But the result was everything yesterday and we wanted the win and we didn’t get it.

There’s something seriously wrong with this Newcastle side at home.

In the last 7 league games at home, we have 5 defeats and only two draws – 2 points from 21 at home in the last 7 league games.

That’s relegation form if we ever saw it.

Newcastle seem to play better away from home but Rafa needs to solve the problem at home, otherwise, we will be fighting relegation until the very last game of the season at home to Chelsea on May 13th.

It was a huge disappointment to fans yesterday that we couldn’t beat the bottom of the league side at home.

And it was a poor performance from Newcastle yesterday, especially in the second half.

But it’s nothing that two good strikers coming in this month cannot solve.

We must get strikers in who can take the chances we are creating.

If we don’t this could be a third relegation in nine years with Rafa a certainty to leave the club and the dream will be over.

Clubs below us in the league table – West Brom, West Ham, and Crystal Palace – all won yesterday and gained 2 points on us and Palace and the Hammers go above us in the league table.

Next up are Manchester City at the Etihad stadium in the late kickoff game next Saturday.

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5 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jan 14, 2018 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Morning Ed

    Hope you are feeling ok mate.

    Thanks for keeping the blog going in difficult times.

    As for yesterday’s match, shows why we need a new striker AND why can our players not hit the ball harder. Andy Cole was not a huge lad but my goodness he could blast a shot before keeper reacted.

    Our lit strike them like a pass back.

    At work again today so you lot enjoy the respectful banter…..
    Smiley face

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 14, 2018 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Bambams- yep and they try to line up the shot with extra touches instead of just hitting it.
    I’m just hoping 2 things now. That we sign a striker who can finish and the club is taken over by people who want footballing success.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Everybody can see what we are crying out for is a goalscorer.

    If we had a goalscorer the likes of Demba Ba, Cisse, Remy and dare to mention him Carroll when he was here, up front, we would be sitting pretty at mid-table –

    I don’t think our football in the first half was bad yesterday along with the likes of the Bournemouth and Everton games which ran a similar course. Just if we had a goalscorer we would have had another 7 points.

    We are creating chances in every game but getting the chance on target or into the net is proving difficult.

    Then halftime comes and we get scared of losing the game – we tighten up play silly little sideways balls, balls back to the keeper slow the game down letting the opposition space and a route back into the game.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4

    We also put in loads of crosses but alas – no one there or the players are the likes of Gayle and Perez who are not blessed with height or great heading ability – oh for a Carroll, Ferdinand or Shearer

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    As the results turned out yesterday yes we are nearer the bottom but they have dragged every team from Watford on 26 to Swansea 17 into the mix a spread of 9 points between 11 teams


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