After another sorry performance with few positives, Newcastle must once again lick their wounds and prepare for a critical match. With the winless streak now at 8, every match has an increasing importance attached to it.
Next, it’s back to Emirates on Monday to take on Arsenal, who knocked us out of the FA Cup on Saturday. The Gunners travel to Crystal Palace tomorrow to try and stretch their winning streak to five matches in all competitions.
I suppose one positive is the lads will have a couple extra days to prepare than our opponents. Steve Bruce also had six days to prepare for the FA Cup and now he’ll have the same amount of time once again. The lads did play well last Saturday.
Yes, I am clutching at straws to find positives for next Monday. This season’s just a running reel of tedium. Tiresome performances and vows to put it right on the training ground. Rinse and repeat.
There’s one player who has kept his levels high this season. That’s our goalkeeper Karl Darlow, possibly the lone bright spot of this campaign. Darlow has called on his teammates to put it right after Tuesday’s defeat at Bramall Lane.
The Chronicle has published the following comments from Karl, who was once again outstanding in goal for Newcastle:
“Performance-wise we were nowhere near. We didn’t get going, they played the better football before the red card. We need to sort that out. There can be no excuses.
“We need to come here and do the business. Talk is cheap, we need to show more on the pitch that the fans can be proud of. It’s back to the drawing board.
“We needed to put more pressure on, they were fighting for their lives. We haven’t delivered what we said in the changing room, on the training pitch.
“We didn’t get hold of the ball.”
Darlow again made the saves on Tuesday to keep us in the match. However, it was all for naught as his teammates didn’t match his levels. The 31-year-old has won another poll as the Magpie’s best player. He wins it quite easily once again.