Newcastle are now unbeaten in ten in all competitions, however, it was far from a perfect performance in United’s 2-1 victory over Cardiff on Saturday. Here’s some observations about the performance:
- Enemies of the latecomer:
Newcastle once again started quickly on Saturday afternoon Christian Atsu’s third-minute strike opening the scoring early as it did in our last home encounter against Ipswich two weeks ago. This follows a trend of United starting brightly in which we have accumulated seven goals in the first 20 minutes throughout all of our games this season. The intimidating factor of playing in front of a packed St. James’ is showing with many teams falling apart early on.
2. The Championship’s referees continue to be awful:
The standard of refereeing in the Championship is quite simply not up to standard. This was quite clearly evident in Saturday’s result, in the build up to Peter Whittingham’s 77th minute strike there was a clear handball from which Cardiff scored. This was many of poor decisions made by referee, Tony Harrington, who was also less than convincing in his previous appearance against Bristol City in August. To add to this there was many fantom corners which were given to Cardiff which looked very much like they should have been goal kicks which angered the Gallowgate faithful. Cardiff boss, Neil Warnock also was aggrieved that his side were not awarded a penalty. At this level of the game, the referee’s should be doing better and not making as many mistakes.
3. The Gallowgate Flags continue to be impressive:
The amazing work put in by United fans in the Gallowgate End continues to be fruitful as Legends Day continued the trend of impressive flag displays . From a distance, it simply looked fantastic and those involved will be thrilled at the success of the flags which has certainly brought a certain sense of pride to all Newcastle fans which have the pleasure of seeing them.
4. United must be careful not to become too complacent:
The second half performance from the Magpies wasn’t particularly one of the best of the season. United appeared to switch off which allowed Neil Warnock’s side back into the game and made for uncomfortable watching for those wearing black and white in the crowd. It’s frustrating when you have seen Newcastle dominate throughout the first half and whether it be the team fizzling out due to tiredness or just complacency the side needed to look more dangerous towards the end and look switched on.
5. We don’t want the international break:
Newcastle are now ten games unbeaten in all competitions and now have won eight on the bounce so this does not seem like the ideal time for a rest bite. Newcastle have gotten into the rhythm of winning and a break could impact upon this. As well as the utter boredom an international break entails United don’t want to stop and the trip to Leeds next Sunday can’t come quick enough.