We should be doing far far better against a team who are as rank as West Brom. I’m not going to buy into the whole tiredness nonsense – we’ve played the same amount of games as everyone else and they’re still managing to win games. It was just a rank performance from front to back.
It was a stupid tackle from Debuchy, he should know better. Having said all that – if you go into a player one footed, miss the ball and get the player, generally speaking it’ll be a yellow. In this case, you go in two footed and GET the ball it’s a red. The rules are as clear as muck.
The absence of Colo for an extended period of time is a blow, however we have seen Mbiwa and Willo play together and do very well this season so I’m not massively concerned.
Bad day at the office. Time to move on and come up with an alternate system that can break teams down when Plan A isn’t working.
We got exactly what we deserved….absolutely jack shit. I don’t know if the players were up late last night watching Jools Holland, sinking champagne and eating cheese like me but they looked tired, leggy and couldn’t string two passes together.
Today’s game outlined a few half truths about Newcastle United. First was that other
I’ve been one of Shola’s biggest critics in the last 10 years. He is one of the most frustrating players we’ve ever had. That said, I was delighted to see him back in the line-up today and think we have played some of our best football with him in the side this season. Jonas Olsson is a huge threat in the air and Shola presumably was there to counter that. Sadly he was not on his game today, though he wasn’t alone. Loic Remy was poor again and has not been much use since November (9 man Stoke aside). The need for another striking option is clear to see. Hopefully these last 2 results give Ashley/Kinnear a nudge in the right direction.
Ultimately, it was another hard to take 1-0 defeat against a team we could have beaten on another day. Unlike the Arsenal game though, we brought about our own downfall. First half was a poor game of football, neither side looked particularly threatening and it was a painfully slow game. The weather conditions ensured that our final ball was way off; Remy and Sissoko just couldn’t do anything with the ball.
Second half we introduced Ben Arfa, a change I’d imagine a lot of us thought was necessary to give us some attacking flair. He was however completely anonymous before and after the red card. I just don’t see where we can use him when unless he scores a worldy, he is a liability.
Nonetheless, the red card ultimately changed the game. The ref didn’t get anything wrong today in my opinion. Debuchy knows the rules, that tackle was a red card all day, ball winning irrelevant. It did seem to take Pardew an awfully long time to get the team reorganised after the red but we held them off well and looked to be heading for a now acceptable draw. Cue another shite late goal. Williamson outpaced, Krul outwitted resulting in a soft penalty but again no real complaints.
It was a grim end to the Christmas period after the highs of early December and Boxing Day. Cardiff is a very important game now. We need to rebuild some momentum before some big winnable games in January. We’re comfortable in the league and there is no excuse not to give the FA Cup our full attention this season. Here’s hoping we can continue the good work of what has still been a great first half of the season into 2014. Happy New Year I guess!