Well, the honeymoon is over at Newcastle United, well and truly.
Standing in the pub early Saturday afternoon, I was thinking this morning I would be writing about poetic justice for Arsene and his not so merry men.
Seeing them reduced to nine men was ample revenge for the events at St James a few weeks ago…
…fast forward to 5pm and the realisation that all is really not good, dominated my thoughts.
First the West Ham game, which I managed to watch on a grainy screen in a far off country, plenty possession but no real threat on goal, our shots on goal rate is alarming to say the least.
While West Ham scored what looked like good goals, both of them came from us giving the ball away, a similar trend continued on Saturday, we have players who don’t fancy getting stuck in (Coloccini) or don’t know how to (Haidara).
A few weeks ago I was singing the praise of Coloccini, his display against Man Utd was masterful, against Watford he was inept at best.
Troy Deeney clearly had him scared from the off and this resulted in him having his worst game ever in a black and white shirt – being blunt he can be a coward when he should be a bully.
Everyone who is a fan has opinions about who should and should not be playing, well I am going to give you mine.
Steven Taylor is a better and more committed bet than Coloccini, when fit, simple as that!
Rolando Aarons is not a left back so is not a good defender, however he offers a threat going forward.
Haidara I was prepared to give the benefit of the doubt to, but clearly he is a left back who is not a good defender and offers nothing going forward, it is a no-brainer, Aarons in, Haidara out.
Our now total anonymous centre forward, I am sorry but he should not be anywhere near that team, his attitude and body language look awful, anybody but him I’m afraid.
Our powerhouse midfield general Moussa Sissoko, he should be bossing games like Yaya Toure does at Man City, but he is lost in the system opted for by the manager.
Talking of systems, just which one are we deploying?
What happened to simple 4-3-3 or 4-4-2?
Our players are not bright enough to play these modern tactical diamond set ups, either that or the manager really is clueless!
Seeing Obertan dash around as a headless chicken type of centre -forward for 10 mins on Saturday afternoon lends credence to that thought.
Steve McClaren says now is not the time to panic, well two expected results in the next two league games should see us marooned at the bottom and we will be past the panic stage.
I like the look of the coaching team with Paul Simpson and Ian Cathro, but I am worried about the manager being unable to improve in essence on what John Carver was last season.
The upcoming games are more than critical, and if we suffer another defeat to our friends down the road in October then I would be of the opinion that his position was untenable.
That would not be a knee jerk thought, more of a realisation that Mike Ashley appointed the wrong man (again) in the first place.
Well before we get to all of that, we have the small business of a winnable cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday.
Historically I have always enjoyed the atmosphere when we play the Owls, especially away games, however you can be sure they will have close on 5,000 noisy followers up here on Wednesday night and the atmosphere will be good.
Losing is unthinkable but in current times not that unlikely, let us hope the professional job we did in the previous round is again in evidence.
Let us hope things improve this week…
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