I am a lifelong suffering Newcastle United fan who lives in Swaziland and remain completely baffled by team selection for away and home games.
I am no expert but I would have thought that starting an inexperienced Ronaldo Aarons at Chelsea, was a mistake compounded by the fact he is not a left-back.
We have one good game against a poor WBA and all of a sudden we have a team that think they are world beaters. Steven Taylor would battle to read a Beano book let alone a football match.
As fans we are told that every away game we are going to attack and score goals, yet every other week we start with one up front and five in the midfield – appears very defensive to me.
Tiote performs once every decade and is quickly shown up against quality opposition (count how many times he gives the ball away in a match and tries to dribble in dangerous areas).
When I played football the first thing we were taught was, “when in doubt kick it out!!!!!!!”
It is has been a problem with Newcastle for as long as I can remember that the team are already off the pitch with 15 minutes to go. I do not have the statistics but it will be interesting to see how many times in the last three or four seasons that we have conceded in the last 10 minutes of a game or worse, the last minute, look at WBA (A), Everton (H), Arsenal (A) this season and Sunderland and Stoke at home last season to name but a few where late goals are conceded.
I always tell my wife (even on the rare occasions we are 3-0 up with three minutes to play) that it is not over until the floodlights are switched off and the groundsmen have gone home, then I can relax and know we have three points.
When was the last time NUFC were 3-0 up and coasting. Even the win at home to West Ham we were made to sweat after another unforced defensive error.
I would have played Saivet at right back on Saturday, he was one of the few decent performers away to Everton, then moved Janmaat into CB with Coloccini and played Colback at LB.
Against Everton we conceded 2 penalties in the last 3 minutes, surely a PL first, penalties given away by two inexperienced players. I know we have injuries but then you do need depth in the squad.
Newcastle United is great club with a massive fan base but I am afraid with some of the managerial appointments and some of the players that have come in over the years, we remain a club with an inferiority complex and small mindedness.
Why can’t NUFC convince a Pep Guardiola to manage us and really test his managerial skills, instead of going to clubs who buy the best players in the world – who quite frankly could be managed by my dead granny and still win the PL.
I Love NUFC and there is never a dull moment but I long for a season where we compete in every game and are viewed as a serious top four contender.
Our glory days are long behind us but we can keep hoping and maybe one day I will have the opportunity to watch a game live at St James and see Newcastle thump someone.
Howay the Lads
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