Geremi – Newcastle Away Form Must Improve

Almost 12 months have gone by since a Newcastle side achieved a clean sheet on their travels and, with familiar failings again evident in Saturday’s demoralizing defeat at Reading, Newcastle captain Geremi is rightly concerned.

Newcastle looked a completely different side at Reading compared to the one that easily beat Tottenham on Monday night. If we are to be successful this season we cannot keep leaking these away goals and points.


Geremi – the Newcastle captain is worried about away form and leaky defense

Geremi told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“The first thing we must do to improve our away form is to start keeping clean sheets,”

“We still haven’t done that in an away game this season and it’s always difficult to win when you’re letting in goals.”

Having dropped Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal after a dismal defensive display at Manchester City last month, Allardyce has deployed a back-line of four players he brought to St James’s Park this summer. The new back four for the last 3 games has been Habib Beye, Claudio Caçapa, Abdoulaye Faye and Jose Enrique – but problems still persist and the leaks continue.

Geremi continued:

“We just need to be more focused,” “Both goals were bad ones to concede and our concentration wasn’t what it should have been.”

“We made some big mistakes and we can’t afford to do that again. It’s a big disappointment because we’ve been on a good run.”

Newcastle haven’t won away since August 11 – the very first game of the season against Sam’s former club, Bolton Wanderers, when we won easily 3-1. Newcastle have just 4 points from their 5 away games compared with 13 points from the 5 games at St. James’ Park. We have some of the better teams in the league coming up with trips to Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea – so we need to get our defensive problems sorted before those games or else we could be taken to the cleaners.

Geremi continued:

““It is disappointing, another example of us failing to perform in an away game,” “We have to sort it out and stop making these mistakes because it is becoming a big problem.”

“It’s the fourth time we’ve lost away and that’s far too much. I’m not sure what’s going wrong, but we have to find the problem and start winning these games. There’s still a long way to go and lots of games to come. We just have to keep our chins up.”

Saturday’s game in truth was a massive disappointment to Newcastle’s fans since we had looked so good against Tottenham. But we are probably expecting too much too quickly again. Our league position is not bad at all at 8th position with a game in hand on some of those above us.

Portsmouth have 2 points more than us on 19 points to our 17 points, so a win on Saturday will still have us nicely positioned in the league and above Portsmouth. So to put things in perspective – we didn’t play well at Reading but we are still doing well so early in the season. Let’s not get too carried away with one bad performance – even though our away form is a problem for us right now.

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24 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Oct 29, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    if u ask me . id say geremi’s pushing a first 11 player out of the squad . without the appropriate wingers we are struggling for pace and width. and geremi playin in the first 11 is only worsening it… i think sam is waiting for everyone to be fit and then drop geremi..

  • indian toon

    Oct 29, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2
  • Alan

    Oct 29, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I think one of the big problems away from home and was apparent on Saturday is the managers tactics. I do not understand why he started with Milner and the Zog on the bench. Nothing was going forward down the lines. He went to keep a clean sheet and it back fired Royally. Cacapa looks great at home when the Toon are charging forwards but when the pressure is on going backwards like 80% of Saturdays game, he looks poor. Play 442 away from home and attack with your best team especially when playing the lower table teams. Every time you think the Toon are going to push on into the top 5 or6 they let you down. They made Reading look good on Saturday and it is disappointing. When we go to the unwashed in a couple of weeks he must play an attacking 442 with the Zog and Milner starting.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Oct 29, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    BSA has to look at Geremi and evaluate if he should be in starting eleven. I see him as either a RB in place of Beye or defensive midfield in place of Nicky Butt.

    Against Pompey, BSA has to recall and start with minimum one winger (Zog or Milner) plus bring in Viduka or Smith up front to play with either Martins or Owen.

    We must beat Pompey and prepare to beat the Mackems in their own back yard the week after!

  • indian toon

    Oct 29, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    not a pessimist but’, portsmouth are in good form.. their defence is solid .. attack is fine form.. not sure bout both the games.. out of the 6 points we’d be lucky if we get 4.. that would be great for me.. anything other than that looks hopeless..

  • Andy C

    Oct 29, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Indian Toon you say your not a pessimist but then say that anything other than four points looks hopeless! Might want to rethink that paragraph?!

    I fully expect us to get six points, as long as Sam realises that his tactics were the biggest factor in Saturdays defeat. I definatly wouldnt blame Cacapa!!!??(hes been awesome since we bought him, Alan have you forgotten that we used to have O Brien, Boumsong, Bramble – Cacapa is a world apart from these guys) I also think the stick Given is getting is out of order, he has stuck by us when things have looked hopeless and he could have gone, we need to stick by him now when he is struggling for his best form (for the first time in 10 years!!)

    Lets forget Reading and concentrate on beating Portsmouth on Saturday but more importantly getting it right against the mackems.

    Keano, he wipes his dog cleano! That is how it goes isnt it?

  • indian toon

    Oct 29, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    i said that because all the nufc fans will be hoping to get the max 6 ponts and id be the one to settle only for the 4 pts.. most of the nufc fans will think that they can win the portsmouth game easily.. its not that easy.. and even the derby WILL

  • indian toon

    Oct 29, 2007 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    game will be tough.. playin in thier backyard will be tough…

  • indian toon

    Oct 29, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    mido ‘s got a paedo.. what does that mean..!? can anyone tell me.. is it something geordie..!!?

  • ToonKing

    Oct 29, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    paedo comes from pedophile or paedophile 😉

  • Len

    Oct 29, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Geremi – wrong, Alan – right. This obsession with clean sheets is going to cost us a lot of points. What it means in Sam speak is we go away with a team sheet packed with defenders and try and hold on for a 0-0 draw. Boring, and it aint going to work. Nobody can defend for 90 minutes. The way to keep a clean sheet is to play a balanced side with an attacking threat. Without that the other lot can just pile forward and eventually get lucky. Then we are chasing the game with 10 minutes left our lot tired, no momentum, and nobody on the pitch who can turn it around. Sound familiar?

  • ToonKing

    Oct 29, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m really worried about the monkeys, i already had to endure a draw at the smoggies, but if we get beat in the Stadium O’Shite i’m gonna go mental …

  • indian toon

    Oct 29, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13


  • yemozone

    Oct 29, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #14

    What we need is a foreign manager.
    BSA is a good manager but he did not know how to buy quality players.
    Imagine he sold solano an d dyer to buy smith(who is a striker and Faye(defender) as replacement.His tactics since the beginning of the season is nothing to write about.

    Hopefully newcastle will win the premiership one day.ONE DAY ONEDAY

  • yemozone

    Oct 29, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Have always been optimistic every season of nufc winning a silverware but it has always been from one dissappointment to another.

  • Ru

    Oct 29, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #16

    A defeat at the SOS? Could you imagine Keano’s smug face? Ugh, doesn’t bear thinking about.

    I completely agree that we need at least one winger and to be on the attack- (Newcastle just don’t do defensive football! :p)

    However, Sam seems to be experimenting- if teams came to realise our only threat was down the wings they could set themselves up to deal with that. (eg Doubling up on Milner/N’Zogbia)

    But how come he seems fit to drop everyone except Geremi? Just because he’s club Captain should have nothing to do with it, if a player isn’t performing then drop him. It may be because that would mean Smith would then be Captain- responsible, level headed, well mannered individual he is 😀

  • Marguerite

    Oct 29, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Disillusioned with Sam’s tactics. Fed up of his persistent moaning. Not seen Geremi have a good game. Cannot see the point in some of his purchases. Our play is so narrow and negative.

    Can someone please please pleae point out the positives to me.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 29, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Jesus Yemozone, “BSA is a good manager but he did not know how to buy quality players.
    Imagine he sold solano an d dyer to buy smith(who is a striker and Faye(defender) as replacement”

    He did not sell Nobby, he handed in a transfer request and wanted to leave, as for Dyer………well i think 99% of fans are happy he’s gone……although he was a good player he was always injured and a primadonna.

    Smith is an excellent utility player, hes decent in midfield and from what i saw of him so far he’s a great target man.
    And Faye has been outstanding so far in defense, all of Sam’s buys have been excellent if u ask me.

  • yemozone

    Oct 29, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #19

    May be i’m over reacting but i just think he shld hav bought creative midfielders then b’cos now we only have emre

  • Dirk

    Oct 29, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #20

    agree with toon king, all of sams buys have been brilliant, only problem is geting them to perform away from home.

  • Leo

    Oct 29, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #21

    i knew there would be loads of geremi bashers on hear, come on he looked good at the start of the season out wide… with milner on the left. give him a break hes a good footballer

  • Ru

    Oct 29, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Geremi. I was delighted when we bought him, but then i thought he was going to be slotting in at right back or replacing Butt as DM. However the aquisiton of Beye, and Butt’s good form prevented that from happening.

    I’d agree Leo, he did look good at the start of the season out wide. but recently not so much. Also his delivery hasn’t exactly been up to standard, especially from corners- most of the time, frustratingly, it’s hit the first man! Sam said players drop themselves- so what exactly did Milner and N’Zogbia do wrong that Geremi was doing right?

  • Jinal

    Oct 29, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #23

    IMO, Geremi shouldn’t be playing in the middle of the park. He should be competing with Beye for left back.

  • valle

    Oct 29, 2007 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Indian toon… Footballing experts???… ur joking right?


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