Time to show some pride
Newcastle United go into their final eight games of the season in desperate need of clawing back some pride after the Charlton debacle.
Where do you start after the shambles that unfolded at the Valley just days after another confidence sapping sorry show in Holland.
It's not like United haven't got the ability - don't forget they raced into a 4-1 lead against Alkmaar just 10 days ago at St James' Park.
We just aren't turning up when we need to most.
The season is in danger of turning into a farce and at the moment even David Blaine, the A-Team and Anneka Rice put together would struggle to get Newcastle out of this one.
Wasted chances at Charlton then allowed the home side to take the advantage.
It was chance they were offered on a plate and being a side fighting relegation and the prospect of the Championship they ripped Newcastle's arms out of their sockets almost to take it.
Oba Martins has netted 16 times this season but how on earth did he miss that chance in the second half?
It was easier to score and almost impossible to miss but he done it.
To be fair Kieron Dyer was having a promising game in the exciting free role he was handed by Glenn Roeder until he was wiped out by Matt Holland who didn't want cover every blade of grass to keep up with him and so inflicted a 'reducer.'
Yes perhaps a penalty should have been there for United too but howay how often do we get penalties on the road?
And even when we do, we blow them anyway, just like we did at Everton and Wigan.
Sorry to sound so negative. But the patience of all Geordies has been pushed to the limit in recent times in a season that has at times promised European glory and a respectable Premiership finish.
It's not like the Toon Army are a bunch of moaners either.
We love to get carried away by the smallest scent of glory if a player does well or the team has a hot streak.
At the moment this isn't on the cards.
Last season we had a strong finish and ended it on a high to qualify for Europe.
Feeling as punch drunk as we do now, the prospect of making such a bold statement to say they'd do it again is certainly a daunting one!