It was another feeble display from Newcastle yesterday at Vicarage Road when we played poorly in the first half and gave up goals to Roberto Pereyra after just two minutes and Andre Gray after 28 minutes.
The first 45 minutes lost us the game yesterday with Newcastle much improved in the second half, and Ayoze Perez managed to score after 55 minutes to make it a game but we still lost this mid-table 6 pointer.
That was Perez’ 6th goal in the Premier League and 8th overall and he leads the scoring at Newcastle this season.
Newcastle now play against Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday night and at home to Chelsea on Sunday, and two more performances like the last three (all defeats) and we could even finish the season with five defeats in a row.
That would not be good.
Ayoze Perez – scored after 55 minutes
But it seems that once we reached 41 points the players lost their edge and their sharpness, and we have gone from winning every game (four in a row) to losing every game (three in a row).
The results did not go well for us yesterday with Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, West Ham and of course Watford all winning – and Brighton beat Manchester United on Friday night.
We now have four teams on 41 points (and Brighton on 40 points) with Newcastle leading that bunch because of our decent goal difference.
But yesterday was not the display or the result we wanted, and it was poor in the first half.
Newcastle would also have been more than 2-0 down at half-time but for the heroics of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka who made several outstanding saves in those first 45 minutes.
The top-class Slovakian made a brilliant double save from a penalty from Troy Deeney that kept the score down and almost guaranteed he will be signed permanently by Rafa this summer.
He’s been excellent since he arrived on loan in January.
A win yesterday would have almost guaranteed us 10th place – but it was not to be.
Newcastle have just two games left to get the feel-good factor back at Newcastle, and that could be difficult.
We probably need at least 3 points from our last two games to finish in 10th place.
Anything less than that will be a disappointment.
But we’ll get over it – and be pleased we are still in the Premier League.