A Good Newcastle Performance – But This Habit Is Worrisome

Newcastle once again threw points away last Saturday when we conceded two late goals when after 80 minutes it looked like we would finish the game with a win in 10th place just above Bournemouth and 4 points above the drop zone.

This was also a chance for us to get two wins in a row for only the second time this season but the team seemed to collapse once Adam Smith scored for Bournemouth after 80 minutes.

The Cherries saw their chance and then former Newcastle player Dan Gosling got the equalizer after 89 minutes.

After another six minutes of play with 5 minutes of stoppage time, we were glad to get the point.

We’ve lost far too many points by conceding late goals which is one reason we are now 15th and only two points above the drop zone.

DeAndre Yedlin – everybody’s disappointed

Here’s what DeAndre Yedlin has said as reported in the Northern Echo today:

“Everybody’s obviously disappointed,”

“We were 2-0 up and we had opportunities to go to 3-0 on some occasions, but we didn’t take those chances and found ourselves defending a lot for the last 20 minutes.”

“There are lessons to be taken from every game, but as much as there are lessons, there are also positives to take too.”

“I thought in the first half we controlled the game very well, and even parts of the second half.”

“But it’s just a matter of controlling it for 90 minutes, and not for 60 or whatever it may be.”

“Credit to them – they did well, kept the pressure on and the ball in our half, and they finished their chances.”

“It’s disappointing because we were in a great position, but that doesn’t change what we need to do next.”

It’s a pity we didn’t get the win at Bournemouth because next up are an in-form Liverpool side at Anfield who are scoring goals for fun.

It will be important for our goal difference that we don’t concede too many goals next Saturday.

But Rafa will have a plan to try to contain the Liverpool forwards and the last time we were there we were 2-0 down at halftime but came back to get a creditable 2-2 draw.

We need the same result again but it will be very very tough.

But there again – we don’t put anything past a side that Rafa is getting the best out of this season.

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4 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost from previous – missed the bus:

    The upshot from the weekend fixtures is that there is now a small gap between us and the bottom 5. West Brom look like they are gone, leaving us looking down at Saints, Palace, Swansea and Stoke with a 2 point gap to the first three, 3 points to Stoke and a superior goal difference to all of them. The next round of fixtures involving those teams is as follows:
    Liverpool vs Newcastle
    Palace vs Man U
    Southampton vs Stoke
    Swans vs West Ham

    Palace won’t beat Man U, Saints and Stoke can’t both win, Swans could beat West Ham. Even if we lose to Liverpool, we will still be outside the bottom 3 with one of the most difficult fixtures of the season done and dusted. If we get a point (definitely possible) then only Saints can overtake us and they’d have to beat Stoke by 2 clear goals to do that. They’ve only scored 29 goals all season so this would be a stretch, you would think. Onwards and upwards from here, having navigated a testing series of matches, whatever the result at Liverpool.

  • Jib

    Feb 26, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    While a front 3 of Sadio Mané , Mo Salah and
    Roberto Firminho is enough to give any visitor
    to Anfield “the shivering bits”
    I fancy us to get something next Saturday tea-time

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Jib, just had a similar conversation in the office. Rafa is the difference here – in previous years with previous managers, I would have dreaded this fixture, but this time out even if we do get beaten you know we will be competitive at least and could nick something.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 26, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Beefman#39 previous thread

    Any NUFC manager will never be able to fulfill his true potential under Ashley, that’s why we have been blessed with Pardew,Carver,McLaren”YES MEN” . I think we have missed the boat with Rafa, he’s “been there done that” and now set in his ways with pipe and slippers.There will be no bright future under Ashley only more of the same. If and when we do get new owners then hopefully they will have a vision to realise the clubs true potential,
    forget about bringing in the “been there done that” manager, we need a hungry manager at the start of his career like Marinio,Laudrup,Simeone,Guardiola,Klopp, Just imagine if Wenger had come to NUFC instead of Arsenal, with the right ownership backing him ,if he won us just 1 trophy, he would have been a God on Tyneside. If he had just 25% of the success he had at Arsenal ,C L every season a few F A cups , P L champions,only dreams. Rafa will walk if Ashley doesn’t sell, If we get new owners and Rafa still goes then i won’t be that bothered if we can bring in fresh potential comparable to the names above .Keegan almost achieved it “BLESSIM”


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