|Season 2012-13 Result|
|Newcastle United||0-1||West Ham United|
|Ben Arfa.|| Nolan 37.
|Date: 11/11/2012 Venue: St.James' Park Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 16/11/2012 by Greavsie|
|When are we going to get to see a decent home performance in the league this season? I can’t quite put my finger on the reasons why, but there is not a lot of rhythm to our play and we are not dominating possession as we should be.
Injuries aren’t helping and neither are suspensions – both mean it’s been difficult to play a settled side. Added to that, you have Cisse and probably one or two others out of form, and I just feel we haven’t really got started this season. Our League position doesn’t lie at the minute. West Brom seem to be doing what we did last season - they have momentum and confidence and that is bringing results.
The Europa League on Thursdays must make things difficult. Even if the majority of the first team are not playing, the disruption from having one team to prepare for Thursday, then almost another for the Sunday must result in less focus on preparation for league games than we had last season.
If we had managed to sign a couple of defenders and perhaps another striker in the summer, we could have taken the risk of playing more first teamers in the Europa League without been too concerned about who would replace them if they got injured, and that may have allowed us to have some consistency. We managed it in the Champions League a few years ago.
Anyway, because of the Europa League we had another Sunday home game. And again, I had to go straight through from Calum’s match. Getting into Newcastle at 2.35pm, most of the traffic must have already been there, as it seemed quiet. And that carried on into the match …..the crowd seems a bit subdued…maybe too many still with sore heads from Bruge.
It was quite an open game in the first 20 to 30 minutes, but I was always more worried about us picking up Nolan than about Carroll, and so it proved One of them was always going to score, and sure enough…….. Thinking Nolan was offside, I made a bee-line for the TV at halftime, but he was definitely onside.
Cisse was completely ineffective again and probably deservedly replaced at half time. Ben Arfa made a few runs, but no-one seemed to be on the same wavelength and most of the moves broke down far too easily. We missed Tiote – West Ham were allowed far too much space in midfield, …..Cabaye seemed to play deeper because he was out
The second half seemed to have a little more promise, at least initially, with Shola on for Cisse. Shane Ferguson linked up with Santon pretty well, and managed to put some decent crosses in, but nothing came of them. I couldn’t understand the substitution of Simpson for Obertan, and the re-jigging that came with it. Ferguson was providing good crosses, so moving him to left back mainly removed that option. Is Obertan a footballer???? Would Marveaux have been a better option? We could have moved Anita to rightback, Ben Arfa to centre-mid, leaving the left-side as it was and really gone for it……
Apart from Ba’s header that may or may not have been over the line, we didn’t really make their keeper do too much. I half-expected we would end up conceding another goal on the break, but it didn’t happen and the game just seemed to fizzle out.
All in all, a very disappointing performance. Rushing through to watch that, after standing in the cold watching Calum’s team getting thumped 6-0, it really just made my day. Must do better……both teams.