St. James' Park is a lovely place. On it's day, it's one of the best places, I've heard. Today at our home stadium, we accomplished something that hasn't been done in some 27 years - we have lost our fourth consecutive home match.
It started out well enough, that is to say the lineup selected by Alan Pardew was enough to suggest some amount of encouragement, but as has happened so many times before, that's really where it had to end. It would be unfair to suggest that Newcastle were abject from the first kick... but there were certainly warning signs of what was to come early on. "New Phil Neville" Davide Santon had himself a terrible match, repeatedly giving up possession and frequently selecting the corner flag as a preferred location to do so. If Alan Pardew would have subbed him out at 15 minutes or so (which he would have been right to do...), maybe... just maybe.
It wasn't as if we didn't create chances... the Luuk de Jong/Papiss Cissé partnership did show some promise, but when you have two out of form strikers as your attacking force, you kind of get what you get... which is some close opportunities that aren't put away.
They just scored their fourth. I'm done. This is terrible. Tim Krul was bad. Hugo Lloris was good. Everything sucks.