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Newcastle 2 West Brom 3 – Magpies Slump Continues – Defense Hopeless

In a really surprising result tonight, Newcastle lost their fourth game in the last six, when they went down to an ordinary looking West Brom side by 3 goals to 2 at St. James’ Park.

And it was the fourth time in the last six games that Newcastle had conceded three goals or more, so the defense has been culpable in these last six games by conceding 15 goals while have only scored six goals,  and five of those have come from a certain Demba Ba.

So that’s quite a contrast to the first 11 games of the season when Newcastle won seven and drew four, and only conceded 8 goals.

This was a game Newcastle were expected to win, and win fairly easily, and in the same fixture last season Newcastle were 3-0 up with 30 minutes to play, but still got a 3-3 draw and one point.

Not so tonight.

Newcastle again defended poorly,  and Demba Ba again got the goals – and he’s now scored 13 goals of Newcastle’s 23 goals scored in the league – so who’s going to score the goals when he’s off to the African Cup of Nations in mid-January?

West Brom went ahead after 20 minutes when Peter Odemwingie hit a left foot shot from the center of the box right into the bottom left hand corner, after a good through ball from Chris Brunt.

The defense was beaten by one long through ball, what’s going on,  and Coloccini couldn’t stop  Odemwingie from ruthlessly punishing the wide open Newcastle defense.

Newcastle pulled one back after 34 minutes when Demba Ba (who else?) scored direct from a free kick, with an excellent right footed shot into the top right hand corner for his 12th PL goal of the season.

It was a brilliant goal from the Senegal striker,  who has to be one of the best strikers in the Premier League this season.

And Newcastle were getting more into the game, but then they again conceded just before half time, always a terrible time to concede, when Gareth McAuley headed home from close range, from a header as Paul Scharner headed the ball on from a set piece  .

Again a goal conceded from a set piece,  and we think Newcastle will need to bring in two defenders in January if the side are not to start sliding down the table.

And just before the break 19 year-old Haris Vuckic hit the bar with a terrific left foot shot from outside the box and Demba Ba just failed to head the ball home, but he was just a little bit too far forward.

It was surprisingly 2-1 to West Brom at the break.

Ryan Taylor replaced Davide Santon at the break

Newcastle had much more of the game in the second half but the West Brom defense stood up to everything Newcastle could throw at them.

And Youssouf  Mulumbu once again cut through the weak-as-water Newcastle defense, to put Shane Long in on goal, and the Ireland striker looked certain to score as he rounded Tim Krul, but his shot came back off the cross-bar – a huge let-off for Newcastle. otherwise it would have been 3-1.

Newcastle seemed to claw themselves back into this game when they equalized after 81 minutes, and it was that man again – Demba Ba with his 13th goal of the season.

It was another good goal by Ba,  when he hit a nice right footed shot from outside the box high into the net, and he was set up by Ben Arfa.

And shortly after that, Haris Vuckic almost put Newcastle ahead with a dipping long-range effort that Ben Foster had to turn over the bar.

But then with Newcastle pushing for the winner, would you believe it, the Magpies  conceded yet again after 85 minutes, when Paul Scharner scored with a right footed shot into the bottom right hand corner.

What has happened to our once very strong defense?

This is a huge wake up call for Newcastle,  and we need to sort ourselves out quickly, especially the back-0four,  if we to arrest this slump of getting only getting just two points from the last 18 on offer – which is worse than relegation form – let’s be honest.

And Newcastle must beat teams like West Brom at home,  if they are going to remain in the top half of the table, but sadly our defense looked hopeless tonight.

And surely Mike Williamson will be drafted in at Bolton Wanderers on Monday afternoon, whether he’s match fit or not.

And while James Perch is a good guy and all that,  he is simply not Premier League class,  which is why we think we need to get two defenders in next month.

Two goals scored at home tonight, and two scored away at Norwich should have been enough to get two wins, but not when our once solid defense is leaking so many goals, and it seems that Steven Taylor  is proving to be a huge loss to this team.

And next up is Bolton Wanderers away on Boxing Day, where in the corresponding fixture last season we were walloped 5-1.

And since Bolton have just beat Blackburn Rovers, 2-1 they will be full of confidence.

Newcastle need a win to restore their confidence, and arrest what is becoming an alarming run of results.

It’s not a time for panic, but Newcastle must stop conceding so many goals, and plab to bring in two defenders next month.

And there were some good things to take out of this game, which we’re sure Alan Pardew will do, and Haris Vuckic looked good in the center of the park, and he’s the future at Newcastle.

But the result is a  real downer – and that’s the  truth.

And just to make things a little bit more hard to take Sunderland won 3-2 at QPR tonight.

Comment welcome.

20 comments so far

  • tiotiotiotaayyyyy

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Pardew needs to stop being so stubborn and change the system we cannot accomodate the likes of best, and wingers with no end product. i shall not even mention perch.

  • Tiote

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #2

    No plan b, ameobi Right wing. Wot the f is going on. On a plus note benny looked alot beta

  • kingkev9

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Not going to start going mad with Pardew but i thought we were going to be changing our style this season? I have got a bad neck because all i watched from NUFC tonight was long ball after long ball after long ball. West Brom and Swansea have both out footballed us

  • archaeomag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s almost reassuring to see us back to our ‘normal’ form!
    It’s back to hoping we finish above the Scum
    Ba is a genius – give him the no 9 shirt – I think he deserves it as he is carrying the team

  • daztoon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Where is the attacking style and the wow factor Pardew said we would see this season.Its just same formation,same style just different personnel.Three very winnable games but bad choice of personnel,tactics and subs from a poor manager.Good coach but poor manager

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #6

    I wouldn’t say west brom were ordinary…
    They played well, Shane Long, Chris Brunt and Odemwingie tortured our defence for most of the game.. Longs pace was too much for Colo

  • beefman13

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #7

    colo and perch at bolton who bombard the box could be very difficult for us, willy has to come in for perch we have conceded far to many when the lad has played, colo needs to dust himself down after an absoloute horror show tonight, i mentioned in a previous post that vucic would get dropped for cabaye but take nothing away from that young lad cos he has got skill in abundance and is part of our future just like young fergie when he finally gets his chance will show him left back and santon right back will be fantastic for the toon mark my words young fergie will be our left back for years to come him and vucic have such a bright future at the toon.

  • GAZ09

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Whats with all this long ball crap we are playing?

  • Tiote4PM

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Ba is probably the most natural striker I have seen since shearer and Cole.

    Why play with wingers if they cannot cross???

    Let’s change things up and start using our gifted young players. Vuckic looked class tonight.

    Defensive frailuties will soon depress cheick and ba… Hope we buy rather than sell in jan.

  • Tiote4PM

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Daztoon talking s h I t e….

  • daztoon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #11

    what a tit you are

  • GeordieAnt

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Seriously….you’re calling Pardew a bad manager? We’re in a slump and lacking confidence is all. Arsenal had a shocker of a start to the season before picking up. I suppose Wenger is a poor manager too? Every team has a slump in form. We all knew we weren’t gonna be battling it out in the top 4…we’re still in a good position. So quit ur whining

  • Deana

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Quite simple really. If you don’t invest in quality you have to play garbage like Obertan, perch and best. All you nice guys out there can continue to pat them on the back and keep giving them opportunities to prove themselves. Not good enough for the premier league not to mention NUFC. Show some ambition Ashley you tight bar steward.

  • custurd

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s all gone wrong since we became “the sports direct arena”!

  • Preqwal

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #15

    We looked very poor today. Long ball tactics at home?! You could see Vuckic getting into space in the middle but not receiving the ball! There is also not point in playing wingers if they aren’t going to put balls in the box. Obertan did not look confident and was always hesitating. He’d beat a man, then wait for said man to catch up again, and try to beat him again then loose posession. If you’re past a man, keep running and put ball in! Demba Ba is carrying us! Krul’s distribution was especially crap today. Why he insists on hoofing the ball down field. Barfa looked nice and obviously got an assist. We need to get the ball down on the floor and play more through the middle into space. We were two dimensional today and we were found out.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #16

    @daztoon #5 – It is no fault of Pardew. You cannot blame the man for the inevitable and destructive injuries we have had…

    He didn’t put Smith any where near the team which speaks volumes, trusted Santon in keeping the LB berth, introduced Vuckic to an impressive full debut, replaced the disappointing Obertan and replaced Best with the eagerly awaited Ben Arfa. What else do you want from the man?? He did all he could. I just blame the fact we’re short on players again! If we would have had Saylor or a proven quality defender in place we would not have conceded that second goal.

    Pardew is not to blame.

    We need players in January. Defenders and a Striker is a must if we are not to slide dramatically down the table after such a promising start.

    How important is Ba and Saylor to the team ey! Ba has been magnificent and it would be a real shame to see the signing of the season’s goals to result only to a mid table finish.

    We’re were really unfortunate tonight as we did not play all that bad tbh. It was a weird but entertaining match to watch but Ba and Vuckic cushioned the blow a bit with the tremendous performance.


  • LeedsMag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Strange isnt it, Best was everybody’s hero when he produced after Carroll left, now all of a sudden he is crap.Truth is he is ring rusty after injuries and being on the bench.
    Wasnt at the game but just watched football first – to be honest West Brom’s only highlights were 3 goals and Long hitting the bar.Our mistake as far as I could see was going to the long ball too quickly, especially at 2-2 when we needed possession to pin them back.Long ball when its lost simply comes back too quick which is why we looked exposed at the back to their pace on the counter.
    A compact shape and passing game with good tempo is what we should be playing,especially with some of the ball players and carriers we have.Not sure what Pardew is trying to do here

  • daztoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #18

    @JP…from The Rock
    Pardew is the manager who else gets the blame.He picks the team, the formation, the long ball tactics.The toon have a history of injuries so he should know that and planned ahead.

  • taker83

    Dec 22, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #19

    We can’t use injuries as an excuse for our poor form.Other teams also have their own injury probs.Alan Pardew must change his tactics.How long have u seen Jonas running at left wing without crossing a decent ball in?Obertan?He has the pace but that’s all.He runs like a headless chicken.Why take out Santon who is a natural LB?If you don’t give chance in this game then which game?The third goal came from left side when collo was beaten by long’s pace.
    Shola AMoebi…Im juz sick of him.Perch should play in division 3.We need a striker, and 2 defenders urgently!

  • craig bell

    Dec 22, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #20

    no it’s not time to panic buy. It’s simply time for ashley to fucking buy quality player and stop cheaping out. A strong full back and winger and a partner for ba. If we get quality for cheap then fair enough but if getting the right player means spending a fair bit of cash pull your fucking finger out you fat cunt


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