Can 4 Out Of 5 Really Be That Bad?
Wednesday night’s victory over Capital One Cup 3rd round opponents Leeds United may have seemed routine and expectant, but it may prove to be much more worthwhile than that.
The win means that Newcastle have now won 4 of their last 5 games, a statistic that in most cases would seemingly resemble a team in good shape, but the overwhelmingly disappointing defeat at home to Hull City last weekend I’m sure still has some Toon fans with a sour taste left in their mouths.
Next up we face a daunting Monday night trip to Goodison Park to take on the Premier League’s only unbeaten side in the shape of Roberto Martinez’s Everton. After that comes another hefty trip to Cardiff and two home fixtures versus big boys Liverpool and Chelsea either side of the small matter that is the Wear-Tyne derby. It goes without saying that these next few weeks contain fixtures in which we MUST take our chances.
Hence why last night’s list of scorers could prove to be somewhat of a blessing in disguise!
The under-fire Papiss Cissé struck in the first half with an excellent header to give Newcastle the lead, which, coupled with the standing ovation he received as he was substituted later in the game, will hopefully give him the confidence that he has quite clearly been lacking.
Not only that, but striking partner Yoan Gouffran doubled The Magpies’ advantage midway through the second half with an absolute peach of a goal. Receiving the ball on the edge of the box, taking one touch to beat his man and open up some space, then smashing home exquisitely with his second.
The strike resulted in Yoan’s first goal at St. James’ Park, but also in my eyes his first ‘proper’ goal, if you will, of real quality. Not finding the back of the net from a sizeable deflection or slotting home into a more-or-less empty net after a defensive mix-up.
Both of which should hopefully add some much needed belief into our attacking options for Monday’s clash with Everton, alongside what looks like a very dangerous Loíc Remy leading the Newcastle line-up – we might just be able to come away with a point… or perhaps more?
That being said, the defence was the real problem against Hull City on Saturday. Though surely we’ve followed the Newcastle tradition and learned from our mistakes?
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