Nicky Butt Tells Unvarnished Truth about Monday’s Game

Nicky Butt has talked to the Newcastle Journal about the game on Monday night and to be fair to Nicky – he tells it as it is.

Starting out by saying it was a bit of an embarrassment to Newcastle, which of course it was.

We’ll look at what else Nicky said, but it’s all good and so true, and at least one player knows what’s needed on Sunday against West Ham to put things right.


Nicky Butt – tells the complete unvarnished truth – good for him

Nicky talked to Stuart Raynor of the Journal this morning: “The game was a bit of an embarrassment,”

“We didn’t prove ourselves against them, though, and we’ve only got ourselves to blame. It’s doubly disappointing because we started the season well and could have got up the top of the table if we had done well against Derby. It wasn’t to be.”

” We didn’t play well enough to get any points so we have to congratulate them and move on. We can’t dwell on losing for too long. We have to move on and show how good we are at the weekend.”

Good for Nicky – he’s right not to dwell on the defeat but to start thinking about a victory in our next game against Weest Ham United – certainly a good possibility. Winning attitude in action that’s good to see – Nicky went on:.

“I don’t think you can say we deserved to win,” “To be honest, I don’t even think we deserved a point. They came at us and tried to spoil us, we gave them something to hold on to and they held on to it for the rest of the game.”

“For us just to have one shot on target (a Geremi free-kick which brought about the corner from which Rozehnal appeared to be fouled) is very disappointing given the talent we’ve got.”

” The most important thing is we don’t make this worse. We’ll have to have a look at the video, analyze what we’ve done wrong and move on. We didn’t play anything like we should have done, but hopefully it’s just a blip and we can move forward.”

We agree with that – we didn’t deserve anything out of the game and also we need to correct things this Sunday – which we can. We’ll probably know very quickly on Sunday what team has turned up – we would expect (hope?) that the team comes out of the blocks with all guns blazing, and in that case it will be a game worth watching. Hopefully, Sam can get the players really fired up for the game – that aspect was certainly missing on Monday night – when we started flat – and got worse. Nicky continued:

“You would think we would have had the players to have been able to cope with what Derby threw at us,” “We have enough quality to handle a team that works hard against us and never lets up. We didn’t do that, though. I can’t think of a player that played anywhere near the level they are used to.”

“It’s going to be a test of our character on Sunday,” “I’m sure all the former Newcastle boys will be desperate to prove a point. When you return to your old team, you always want to prove people wrong, but we have enough quality in our team and hopefully this will be the kick up the backside we need.”

Not sure many of the former Newcastle players will be playing against us on Sunday. Craig Bellamy, who played against us for Liverpool earlier in the year, is struggling to be fit for the weekend with a groin injury. Kieron Dyer has a broken leg of course and Nobby Solano wasn’t even on the subs bench in West Ham’s 3-0 home win against Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon. Probably the only former Newcastle players who will start will be Lee Bowyer and perhaps Scott Parker, who is just returning from injury. Lee scored West Ham’s first goal in the first minute of the second half on Saturday.

Comments always welcome.

27 comments so far

  • nightfall

    Sep 19, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    ” The most important thing is we don’t make this worse. We’ll have to have a look at the video, analyze what we’ve done wrong and move on.”

    what you’ve done wrong? smith was playing rugby, defence played baseball with 100 homeruns and strikers played hide and seek…

    that’s what was wrong…

  • Rooster

    Sep 19, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    The game against us on Sunday will be a great game, a game all of us supporters have been looking forward to, We have a strong squad at the moment, even our reserves are playing well, so the game will not be easy for both teams, Bellamy wont be playing, but we have other powerful strikers who need some 1st team time, I’m surprised Owen will be fit as he suffered the same problem as Bellamy! looks like Big Sam wants to play him till he drops. an early goal are very important to the hammers and would usualy result in us winning, and our away record is 2nd to none. Prediction 3-1 to the Hammers.
    Great blog BTW

  • Dirk

    Sep 19, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3

    i hope butt stays i think he is a gr8 player still and under bsa can keep his form up, lets not dwell on that match as we knew derby would want to wi after what happened at liverpool.
    starting 11
    subs. Given, Taylor, Geremi, Viduka, butt.
    smith as captain as he is the only player that drives forward, yes he gets booked waaaay too much but if bsa can help him calm down a bit then he could be gr8 for us. he shows a lot more heart than geremi and more of a drive aswell

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 19, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    On a different note…

    Looks like Andy Carroll is living up to his Big Dunc comparisons – he got sent off for kicking someone last night. Whoops!

  • Doctapaul

    Sep 19, 2007 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Credit to Butt for being more honest than anyone else about the Derby debacle.

    Wiil Sam continue the up un under game or put out a team with Owen, Oba, Milner, Smith and Zog in attacking positions. Add Barton or Emre when fit – and hopefully we have a passing side that will scare a few teams.

    OR we stick with big man little man – and even if we do – we still need 2 outnout wingers don’t we?

  • John

    Sep 19, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    I think nicky Butt was spot on…It is that kind off result that would give you a kick up[ the backside…

    I think West ham are in for a mauling on sunday..Come on 3-0 to the mighty toon…

    My team would be..

    Given ( best keeper in the world)

    Beye Rozenhal Cacacpa Enrique

    Milner Geremi Faye N Zogbia

    Martins Owen

  • Steely

    Sep 19, 2007 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Still yet to see anyone official come out and admit that the Ameobi partnership with Owen/Martins failed spectacularly!

    Please please please please please please let Enrique be fit so Zog can play in left midfield, and also let Ameobi sit at home until January when we can flog him….probably 1st Division, coz I dont think even a Championship side would want him!

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 19, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Ameobi will do well at Preston. We can send him there when Carroll comes back from loan.

  • Doctapaul

    Sep 19, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Steely, methinks you are bit harsh to single out Ameobi because nobody played well on Monday.

    The biggest failure is that we didn’t create shots on goal which is as much of failing in midfield as anywhere.

    Shola’s had two good runs of games in his injury stricken career – 2004 and 2006. He was scoring a goal every other game (I think) during these periods.

    So I suggest he still deserves a chance, albeit a last one. When fully fit, match sharp, and confident I still suspect Ameobi can contribute – maybe, just maybe, well enough to cover for Heskey. (I wince at the tirade this optimism might bring me.) I thought he was ahead of Heskey for Euro 2004.

    I agree with you on Zog, left to roam where he likes.

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 19, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #10

    As an aside, there’s a poll on the official site asking who your MOM was at Derby – can’t believe Harper’s got 8% of the votes. Wow. This is how the Top 4 curently looks: Roz (27%) Milner (11%) Owen (9%) Harper (8%) – I think the MOM should be the guy who ensured the team rocked up at Derby on time. He put in another consistent performance – pity there’s no option for him.

  • Steely

    Sep 19, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Doctapaul, I understand and agree that the whole team underperformed but Ameobi was truly shocking….especially as our whole attacking system relies on him playing well and knocking balls on for Owen. There was a constant barrage of long balls played in from Harper which came to nothing as the donkey couldnt control or knock one of them on! I dont think I recall Harper actually playing a ball to his defence so they could take it upfield and play the passing game! Big tactical mistake when your big man is so crap!

    And please could you tell me why Shola would not be fully fit already? He has had more time than anyone to get himself fit. He had his one big chance to prove everyone wrong on Monday night and he blew it….yet again! Who gives a damn about 2004 and 2006 – we’re in 2007 now, and he’s tosh!

  • oba one kanoby

    Sep 19, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #12

    This is totally correct, however Butt’s form so far this season has also left a lot to be desired

  • John

    Sep 19, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #13

    I would’nt just single Ameobi out for a shocking performance on Monday nigth. The whole team was shocking apart from maybe one or 2 which is being generous.

    Ameobi was shocking but so was Owen. He only had 14 touches off the ball wich tells me he was getting no service from out midfield.

    I think once we change to wingers it will give us a much better balance and you will see a total different performance.

    Its not as bad as everytone seems to think.. We did lose to Derby which is shit and we’ll probably do a liverpool against them at st james and everyone will be singing the praises.

    We have have only played 5 games with a game in hanbd also and are 10th..not a bad start if you ask me..

  • oba one kanoby

    Sep 19, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #14

    also, shola has proven year after year that he cannot be relied on. i’m sick of people who sit around me defending him. he’s had chance after chance and failed to take any of them.

    the whole team was rubbish on monday but my biggest concern at the moment is the lack of creativity in midfield. hopefully that will change when barton comes back and zog moves further forward. i’m not convinced about smith in a creative midfield role – he should be up front or holding midfield only. he might work with owen because of his physical nature.

  • malaysian youngster

    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #15

    no i think ameobi is a great player. he is really on form especially in reserves. just let him play there. and make our reserves win games.

  • lee, Malaysia

    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #16

    hey big sam…

    please play N’zogbia wide left…u r wasting his talent by playing him in left back .. common sense right? He is not good in defending.. I agreed with all of u guys that we should stick to the classic 4-4-2 formation. Please play faye instead of butt, put beye in right back, and enrique in left back. You will get the result u want cause typical toon army is very good in 4-4-2!!!

  • Doctapaul

    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Oba, Steely – I respect your views about Ameobi and I’m not 100% opposed to them.

    Ameobi has had good runs in the side. He can’t be match sharp after being out for so long – Owen is still not considered fully match sharp by Sam. And as for his confidence – only games and a couple of goals will bring that.

    He’s 4th in pecking order and methinks deserves a chance when it comes his way.

    Having siad all that – I wuddav started with Owen and Oba and played a short fast passing game BUT I’m not sure Sam is going to play that way. I fear a return to the Dalglish & Souness type era – I hope not.

  • Hammy

    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Doctapaul…. “a short passing game with Martins and Owen up front” you have said in one line want most fans are praying for…..surely we have the squad that can accommodate that system??

  • John

    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #19

    I could’nt care less what type off football we play as long as we win…does it really still get 3 points at the end of the day… We’ve tried playing the short passing game and were did we come 13th..

    I really could’nt care less how we play as long as they win….We need a nasty successful newcastle team. Not a pritty mid table team

  • jeff

    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Lets just see the action instead of words………how many times in the past have players came out saying we need to do this and do that ……..just bloody play with passion and commitment thats all we ask,if you get beat giving 100% fans will forgive you…just lying down and not being interested then you should get dropped..Im sick of all the excuses….derby were there for the taken but the toon werent up for it..Its been the same story for years,if a team battles for everything the toon are never interested…Nicky Butt isnt saying anything that we dont know anyway,do it on the pitch nicky not in the papers

  • John

    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #21

    good point Jeff..could’nt agree more

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Good interview with the man, the legend… Wor Al!

    Follow the link…

  • Andy T

    Sep 19, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #23

    What we need is players who realise that it doesn’t matter who the opposition is on the field, they are playing a premiership game and the real opposition in every match are the Chelseas, Man Us anf Liverpools and that they should be playing to get a better result than those teams, that is of course if they have any aspiration of playing champions league football again. The problem at the minute is, exactly as Butt said, they have the quality to brush aside teams like Derby – but they are too complacent, they assume that they will brush them aside because they can, not that they can brush them aside if they have the will!

  • Hadji

    Sep 19, 2007 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Jeff….You’re right mate 100% with you.Overpaid and overrated players such as Butt should not play for us.As a matter a fact we shouldnt have players who won almost everything in their life on a club level such as Butt.
    We need fresh blood,someone who’s hungry for success.

  • Steve

    Sep 19, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Glad Nicky Butt has said it but its about time they did something about it. There have been far too many seasons where we just don’t turn up and give 100% in games against quite frankly lower opposition. Newcastle have always seemed to do well against the big clubs but never seem up to scrap for a victory or a point. Derby out fought us and what was the crack with punting a long ball up to shola ameobi all the time. Lads over 6 ft but seems to jump under 5ft for some reason.

  • Geno Toon

    Sep 20, 2007 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #26

    Given ( agree with the best keeper in the world comment)

    Beye Rozenhal Cacacpa Enrique
    milner faye geremi nzog
    martin smith

    bench- owen, taylor, viduka, butt, harper

    we need to definatly focus on what to fix… and what needs to be done to beat West Ham… I also feel owen does not need to be in every second of every game.. he gets hurt a lot and we need to make sure he is not fatigued

  • Dave Atkinson

    Sep 20, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #27

    I was there on Monday night and The Toon were poor and I echo some of the comments on Shola having little impact or aggression but the real problem on Monday was a lack of guile. Derby worked very hard and got players behind the ball and, although the rallying Newcastle did was enough to give us hope, they just didn’t have the patience and precision necessary to provide the killer ball in the final third. Newcstel had plenty of possession but ran out of ideas and ended up huffing and puffing.


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