Newcastle flirts with disaster

Manchester City was the better side. Newcastle did well to mount a comeback of sorts in the second half — this morning’s result shouldn’t keep Alan Pardew up at night. Yaya Toure’s goal in the 78th minute came against the run of play, ending any possibility of a dramatic end. Overall Newcastle’s play was sufficient.

Unfortunately for the club and their supporters it will be difficult to find solace in defeat. Pardew’s side has lost six of their last seven prem league games and sit two points above the relegation zone — a number that could chance depending on today’s results.

The issues that have plagued the Magpies in the last two months were on display today. Davide Santon was terrible once again. Cheick Tiote is a shadow of his former self — though playing beside James Perch doesn’t help. Papiss Cisse continues to confound, finding the score sheet just twice in 14 appearances. Demba Ba’s departure in January inches closer to finality. Injuries haven’t been kind to the club either — Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Steven Taylor missed today’s game.

In the end we circle back to Pardew. The eight-year contract he signed in September looks more ghastly by the day. “When it was first suggested by Mike, I was a bit shocked.” Two months on, patience is wearing thing.




The schedule doesn’t get an easier. After a home fixture against QPR, Newcastle travels to Old Trafford and the Emirates followed by a date with Everton at St.James Park. The holidays are going to suck in Northeast England.