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Newcastle United – No Way Back?

8 years ago

Saturday saw Newcastle once again lay back, roll over and succumb to another heavy defeat with no way back. This time at the hands of the red of Manchester, or ‘United’, as Alan Pardew thought was appropriate to address them.

The game solidified what I believe to be one of the key reasons for the disappointment, frustration and downright shambles of the XI in black and white every week.

Many are calling for Pardew’s dismissal, others are calling for a monumental kick up the backsides of our players, and some are just limply waiting for what should be several summer incomings.

Cisse makes it 5-1 v Stoke – Can we play you every week?

But for me, the most ridiculous problem is that we literally cannot recover from going 1-0 down.

This season there has only been ONE game where we’ve got anything after being in a losing position – and it took Stoke having TWO players sent off, TWO penalties and a deflected equaliser to eventually run out 5-1 winners.

Furthermore (if memory serves me correctly), we’ve only actually managed to equalise twice this season, twice! With Debuchy’s goal away at Sunderland joining Remy’s aforementioned strike against The Potters.

Now is it just me or is that a frighteningly pathetic statistic?

Against Manchester United on Saturday we looked decent for the first 45 minutes, Cissé almost gave us the lead, Santon was a persistent threat and Gosling was efficiently taking his chance in central midfield.

Cue Juan Mata’s opening goal. Then just like that, all potency is lost – and we proceed to fall apart and find ourselves on the end of back-to-back 0-4 losses.

The home ties against Sunderland, Tottenham and Everton were all similar – we weren’t too bad until the scoreline went to 0-1. In each of those games we looked vibrant, energetic and could have had the same score in our own favour before respective goals from Borini, Adebayor and Barkley.

Southampton is an exception, that performance was just diabolical.

It seems that Newcastle heads go down and stay down once the opposition takes the lead, no matter what the state of play was beforehand – and something has to be done about this. The problems were comparable last season too, we weren’t able to overturn a losing score line until we took on Chelsea at home in early February.

What hope do we have if we can’t manage to come back from losing positions without having a two-man advantage? The answer is certainly one that doesn’t look too peachy.

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