Major Newcastle News Stories – 18th September – 2007


As you may have expected the big news this morning is all about Newcastle’s terrible performance yesterday against bottom placed Derby County.

We’d never thought we’d see a game like that when half the team didn’t seem to turn up for the game. It wasn’t good – to say the least.

However, Newcastle have a chance to put that right next week with 3 games in a short 6 days starting at home to West Ham United on Sunday. A win then will help take the bad memories of last night away.

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  • Here’s our full time report of the game last night against bottom placed Derby County. It was the Newcastle of old as they were beaten to the ball by the newly promoted Derby team. Just a terrible performance form the black and whites. We hope this is a blip caused by players being away on international duty and not knowing each other very well in the first place. That’s the reason Sam gives for the below par performance. But any more of these and we’ll not deserve to be in Europe next season either.
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    Sam Allardcye – very poor performance from Newcastle at Derby last night

  • Sam Allardyce says it took a wonder goal to beat Newcastle last night. Well it was either a wonder goal or a complete fluke but the performance of Newcastle still cannot be excused. It just wasn’t good enough on the night. Some big improvements will be needed before the team plays West Ham United at home on Sunday. Then we have 3 hard games in 6 days so we’ll really see what the team is made of this season.
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    Big Sam – yes Sam, it was that bad

  • The growing injury list is starting to concern big Sam as we have 3 games coming up in a short 6 days time-frame. We currently have 8 players out injured which is more than any other team in the Premiership. We think Sam still thinks he may be short of players this season. Babayaro is still not back after sustaining a groin strain during a game in February – never known a groin strain last this long – it has to be a record.
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    Celestine Babayaro – been out with a groin strain since February

  • As usual we give our final reflections on the Derby Newcastle game. Certainly not one to remember for Newcastle fans as we looked out of sorts. We have to at least turn up for every Premiership games this season because that’s all we have apart from the two cups. Each point is vital to Newcastle’s future right now, but you would never have believed it with last night’s performance. The attitude of the players was just not right and to be continually beaten to the ball by a team bottom of the league told it’s own story. It was not good – to say the least.
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    Derby Newcastle game – one for Newcastle fans to quickly forget

  • We run a piece today on who Sam wants to re-sign before their contracts run out next summer. One player in this category is Nicky Butt and it looks like Sam wants Nicky to stay at Newcastle for another 2 years at least. That’s a good move but we notice that Sam says nothing about Stephen Carr and Celestine Babayaro whose contracts also run out next summer. The two of them are always injured and we think Big Sam will let both move on in January as long as he can bring in replacements then. We also expect Steven Taylor to sign for Newcastle very soon on a 5 year deal.
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    Nicky Butt – two year contract extension on the cards

  • What’s being discussed on our Newcastle United Blog?
    Here’s some of the recent and popular discussions going on:

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  • As you know our site has been nominated for ‘Best Sports Blog’ as part of the Bloggers Choice Awards. If you would like to vote for us you can do so here. You can also browse through other nominations you can vote for. SoccerLens was also nominated and you can vote for Ahmed’s Bilal’s site here.
  • Here’s some choice football quotes. These are to lighten up the day 😀

    “Grease – What a great movie. When Olivia Neutron Bomb comes on in that tight gear at the end it’s scary isn’t it? When she changes from nice little Sandy into a hellcat on legs. whoah! Unbelievable. – Ian Holloway ”

    “If you can’t make decisions in life, you’re a bloody menace. You’d better become an MP!” – Bill Shankly

    “A football team is like a piano. You need eight men to carry it and three who can play the damn thing.” – Bill Shankly

    During one match, Tommy Lawrence, the Liverpool goalkeeper, let the ball go through his legs. “Sorry, boss, I should have kept my legs together,” said Lawrence. “No, Tommy, your mother should have kept her legs together!,” replied Bill Shankly

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9 comments so far

  • Rocky

    Sep 18, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #1

    I just got back from the match. Can’t believe i paid to watch this rubbish. I was hoping against hope that we didn’t underestimate Derby, but we went ahead and did exactly that!

    Even though we were unbeaten so far this season, apart from the Bolton game, our performances have been poor. We still have to play the top four and should be beating teams like wigan, derby and Boro if we even want to dream about Europe.

    To be fair, what Sam inherited was a shambolic side and it will take time, but even with the players at his disposal we should be doing a lot better. We definately need more creativity in midfield and more service to our strikers. Owen and Martins will terrorise any defence if they get the right service, I felt sorry for both of them tonite.

    If Rozenhal had buried that chance in the 1st half, it might have been a different story, however, we could have lost 3 or 4 – 0. Derby missed some sitters too. I only hope this is the worst it can get and this serves as a wake up call.

    I hope we will see better performances when Duff, Barton and Emre come back.

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  • col

    Sep 18, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #2

    i dont even think the team played as bad as this under glen roeder…mind you, its better maybe getting beaten this early on…as the longer you go uinbeaten, the more the focus is on you. a result against west ham on sunday, and i think it will be business as usuall. and why not play martins and owen together, cracking pairing if you ask me.

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  • Pete

    Sep 18, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    The problem is the midfield, Ameobi/Owen/Martins might as well as not been on the pitch, they never got the ball

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  • StevieA

    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Agreed Pete. If the midfield can’t string a pass together then what’s the point?

    N’Zogbia, Geremi, Butt, Smith, and Milner were all poor. We need to play much better than that!

    The strikers just weren’t seeing enough of the ball. I also felt we were playing the long ball waaaaaaaay too much! We should be getting down the flanks and putting a GOOD cross in.

    N’Zogbia really needs to be more consistent!

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  • t-g-w

    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Col I beg to differ – 1-5 at home to a Championship side was one of the lows of my days as a Newcastle fan!

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  • col

    Sep 18, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #6

    fair enough TGW…but at least we scored that night.

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  • Benny Spiteri

    Sep 18, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #7

    i am from malta! I used to go and watch maltese games. The maltese league has a poor level but, a game like yesterdays was so boring. They shouldn’t even be playing in the maltese league. Players like Taylor that kicks the ball from under the post and throws the ball outside the ground instead of crying he shows his big teeth and laughs.!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If you want to challenge to win the league you can’t play with players that shouldn’t even be playing in the maltese league. Such as Taylor, Smith, Butt, Amaoebi, Viduka, Carr, Ramage and then players like Martins, Beye, Enrique, And Faye play in the last few minutes and allardyce thinks that they can solve the problem. how can you not play a player like martins when everyone wants him in their team and instead plays Viduka (31 yrs old). This shows that Mrtins will be leaving us in January.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Addie

    Sep 18, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Think our start to this season has been pretty good when you consider our last 10 games of last season under Roeder, the team has to be given time to gel when you consider the amount of new player we have brought in over the summer.
    On last nite game, every throw in we got in Derby’s half was left for Geremi to put into the box (reminded me of watching Bolton)…. this slows up the game, gives the opposition time to regroup and from last nite’s evidence isn’t very effective for the type of players we have! Defin need to get Barton/Emre fit as we very defensive in midfield (Butt/Geremi/Faye) and just aren’t creating enough chances!

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  • toon 85

    Sep 18, 2007 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #9

    That was the most boring match have watched in a long time. The lack of pace and creativity in midfield was unbelievable. Martins must start the next game

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