Another Poor Display From Newcastle – New Target Will Now Be Difficult

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.

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5 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    May 6, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    This is a bit rich, Ashley wanting a copy of a Corporate Plan. I’d quite like to see the one for NUFC.

    Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has launched legal action against House of Fraser, following the firm’s move to close stores as part of a rescue plan.The sports chain owns an 11.1% stake in House of Fraser, which last week announced a major restructuring.
    Mr Ashley says his firm has been “repeatedly denied information to which it is legally entitled”.
    A High Court writ says the billionaire should be provided with a copy of House of Fraser’s corporate plan.
    Sport Direct does not have a representative on the House of Fraser board.

  • Jib

    May 6, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    This is a bit rich, Ashley wanting a copy of a Corporate Plan. I’d quite like to see the one for NUFC.

    Do you have a 11.1% stake in NUFC like ?

  • DubaiMicky

    May 6, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    @Jib, previous, why get him removed?

    And yes, i agree, as a one ninth holder in HoF he should, but as he is a 100% owner of a private company, why should he give out his corporate plans.

    No-one else would.

  • Geordie-john

    May 6, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Who gives a toss about House of Fraser ? This is supposed to be about NUFC. Facebook and the likes of Twitter for all that s##t. FFS !

  • Moonraker15

    May 6, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    House of Fraser is a lame duck and it’s dying. NUFC is a thriving business crying out for investment. Come on Ashley get your finger out man!


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