'Newcastle are on the beach after securing safety'

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Poor, poor, poor. This was a desperately disappointing result and a performance that screamed of the old cliché that the players are already on the beach after reaching 40 points and securing Premier League safety.

28th Apr 2018

Nobody will lose any sleep over this, but it was a wasted chance to almost secure a top-half finish and even push on to try and finish above an imploding Leicester side who are sat in ninth.

With a trip to Watford to come, three points against the league’s bottom side should have been snapped up and then we could have travelled to Vicarage Road to seal a phenomenal first campaign back in the Premier League with that top-half finish we all want.

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Judging by the players' performance in our last two games, where we have suffered two 1-0 losses, the chances of us heading to Watford next week and claiming all three points look slim.

That's a crying shame considering the unbelievable work Rafa and the boys have done in recent weeks, with four victories on the bounce helpings us climb clear of the relegation zone.

West Brom defended well against us and we struggled to break them down, but it doesn’t matter what league you are in and in what position, losing to the bottom side at home is unacceptable. Get a draw at least and move on. Poor, lads. You need to wake up. Your holidays aren’t booked and checked-in yet.

Pardewed!

It must be said, where would West Brom be if they never hired Alan Pardew? Darren Moore looks like Pep Guardiola at the minute, having claimed victory at St James’ Park after grabbing a point from two goals down against Liverpool, plus a 1-0 win at Old Trafford before that.

You wouldn’t put it past him and his West Brom side to beat Spurs in their next game and then finish off the season with another win over Palace, only to still get relegated due to having too much of a mountain to climb.

In my opinion, it is safe to say to say that Mr Pardew will never get a Premier League job ever again and perhaps another manager's job full stop.

He has Mike Ashley to thank for giving him a career in the Premier League and becoming a very rich man, after gifting him a job from nowhere at our place, despite being sacked at League One Southampton. Con artist.

Rafa made a big error over Mitro

What was evident after being unable to properly test Ben Foster, is that Rafa really has dropped the ball with his striking options.

If Dwight Gayle had not stayed injury free and contributed well to us winning those four games on the spin, we could be slap bang in trouble right now.

Islam Slimani came on against West Brom and produced a pretty pathetic display. He blamed his team-mates for all his own mistakes and has been caught on camera kicking out at a WBA player, so will likely face a three-game ban.

When you consider this is the player we brought in to replace Aleksandar Mitrovic, as we let the Serb join Fulham on loan, it has been a terrible piece of business.

For reasons that don’t stack up on any footballing level and can only be explained by assuming that Rafa just doesn’t want him around.

Joselu has been utter garbage this season yet is allowed to bumble his way around the pitch week after week, while Mitrovic was banished to the bench or stands.

Mitrovic wasn’t given one start in the Premier League which, when you look at his goal scoring touch for Fulham and his country, is a disgrace.

If we were sat in relegation trouble right now after losing at home to bottom club West Brom, there would be hell to pay given the fact that Mitrovic has banged in 12 goals in 14 games at his temporary home.

Back on Tyneside, Joselu continues to miss ridiculously easy chances and Slimani gets himself banned for the rest of the season after making only four appearances with zero goals to show for it. 

Rafa has been very lucky on this one.

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