Newcastle United dropped to 19th position in the Barclays Premier League this weekend as pressure on manager Steve McClaren intensified.
Crystal Palace romped to victory 5-1, as Alan Pardew enjoyed an afternoon in South London against his former side.
What will concern Newcastle fans the most is the nature of the defeat. After going a goal up inside ten minutes, at no point, did they look like they could go on to win the game. Sloppy play and mistake after mistake, led to a harsh lesson for the Toon army: you will be punished from errors like these in the Premier League.
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Newcastle have a couple of major problems at the moment. They cannot score goals and they concede too many. It does not take a genius to see that this is not good enough to for survival at the moment.
In fact, they have the joint-worst defensive record in the Premier League, sharing the unenviable position with fellow relegation-threatened Bournemouth. They've only scored 14 goals so far this season and the fact that six of these came in one game makes for even worse reading.
The Newcastle board will be closely following the matches over the next few weeks and with games against Liverpool and Tottenham coming up next, McClaren will probably be fighting for his job at Christmas.
The board are known for their ruthlessness when it comes to sacking managers when things are not going well for the club. Since Glenn Roeder left the club in 2007, Newcastle fans have seen ten managers come and go.
This all points to a very nervy time for McClaren. Perhaps his results will turn around and he will have the opportunity to bring in the players he needs in January, but with the games ahead looking particularly tough - he may not see in the new year at the club.
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