Newcastle didn’t look solid last night in defense, and that may be an understatement.
An unhappy Alan Pardew after the game last night
West Brom don’t usually do very well and don’t usually win on Tyneside, and in fact last night was the first win for them at Newcastle since way back in 1977, when I was only just past being middle-aged. :D.
And a frustrated Alan Pardew talked to the local press today:
“We are disappointed – we cannot hide that.” “It was a game we wanted to win and get ourselves 30 points before our Christmas dinner, but it did not happen.”
“Their front two unsettled us a little bit, and made us edgy.” “We lost a bit of discipline in our shape, which was unusual for us.”
“We still did some marvellous stuff and came back twice.” “Haris had a fantastic debut as a 19-year-old. There were positives, but in all honesty we should have done better.”
“We are not sure about Davide. He had just come into the team and settled in. It is disappointing.”
Davide Santon has suffered a knee injury, and we have to think it’s the one he’s had trouble with before.
Davide had fluid on the knee a few months ago, and it’s an injury that troubled him while he was at Inter-Milan.
The good news is that the Italian was seen leaving St. James’ Park without a limp last night, and he looked fairly comfortable according to local reports, so we have to hope he was brought off as a precaution, and not too much damage was done.
Davide will be looked at this morning by the Newcastle medical team, and we have to hope he can start at Bolton, because this lad looks a good player at left-back for Newcastle.
It will be another test of Newcastle’s character on Monday afternoon, and of course the first goal will be all important, as it was last night.
But Newcastle must use their team spirit and keep fighting whatever happens on Monday, because the next thing on the agenda for Newcastle this season is to turn this bad slump around.
That’s the next challenge for this team, and there are always ups and downs in life and in football.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and in this case it’s how our lads rise to the challenge that’s right in front of them.
Howay The Lads!!