Newcastle Must Turn Things Around Soon

The game against Arsenal on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park will be a very tough game, with Arsenal again looking to be the best team in the Premier league.

They beat a good Aston Villa side 2-1 at Villa Park yesterday, and looked what they are – the next edition of Arsene Wenger’s dominant Arsenal sides.


Sam Allardyce – must turn Newcastle fortunes around soon
It’s great for the Premier League that we now have four teams at least, that can win the league and hopefully in the future, Aston Villa, West Ham, Tottenham, Blackburn, and eventually Newcastle United, can also be challenging for honors.

But Arsenal are in tip-top form right now, so we need another fighting performance from the lads on Wednesday evening if we are to get some kind of result. Great support from the fans will also help a great deal.

Sam Allardyce talked about Newcastle’s predicament after the Blackburn game yesterday, and it’s good to see that after Arsenal, we do have easier games that we should be able to take points from.

Sam said:

“What we have to do is keep playing like we did today,” “We have to keep the belief because that’s we need to turn this bad spell around. We need to get results and to get points on the board.”

“We have to play like we did today at home. It has been a good performance but unfortunately we haven’t got the result. That’s the hardest thing. And the most important thing because it keeps the bad run going which can ebb away at the confidence and the belief.”

“You start to wonder when is it going to turn around. It’s my job to make sure that it does, and if they show the ability and commitment they have today I’m sure it will.”

After Arsenal we play Birmingham (H), Fulham (A), Derby (H), and Wigan Athletic (A) and we just have to make the most of those 4 games. All those teams are below us in the league, and we can improve our position greatly if we can get points.

Certainly if we show the same fighting qualities of yesterday, we should surely be able to turn things around. And Sam needs to do that quickly, as the January transfer window approaches.  We’re sure he will want to be in the market again, for some new defenders. It’s so obvious that defense is still our Achilles heel, as in the last several seasons.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Dec 2, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Arsenal may be another heroic defeat but if we continue playing like yesterday then the next 4 are in the bag.

  • Jerry

    Dec 2, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Toon King are you Sam Allardyce’s son of something? It must be that or you are a complete mad man lol

  • ToonKing

    Dec 2, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    the second choice…………..

  • Cyprus Mag

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Opinions are divided on FSA but we will see him go after Arsenal. There is too much smoke coming from the press for there to be no fire. My guess is Ashley recognises we need to spend in January and he no longer has faith in FS’s spending strategy.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Cyprus Mag, Sam will not be sacked unless something really bad happens like dropping into relegation zone. Papers are full of these shite stories all the time, you just have to listen to Mort’s interviews. Sam will not be sacked, and i have a feeling were on the brink of turning the corner and then finally this blog will be a happy place again and crawling with boo boys and anti-players boys.

  • Cyprus Mag

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon King see you here next weekend, one of us can say I told you so.

  • Jerry

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Even if Allardyce gets past this awful stage we re in now, he will definitely be gone in the summer – NO DOUBT. The only issue in my mind is whether we go for a TOP CLASS manager or make another managerial mistake. Talk of Alan Shearer is just not on.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #8

    we re 6 points of the uefa cup pack, thats bad enough for me.

  • Lord Westfield

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Realistically speaking, Newcastle MUST get an absolute minimum of 7 points from the next 4 games or Allardyce should get the boot.
    With 3 out of the next 4 games at home Allardyce wont have a leg to stand on if this target is not met.

  • Leo

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #10

    im not expecting anything from the arsenal game, the way they are playing, it will be tough, just hope that im wrong, would be really good.

  • toonfan1

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #11

    were not 6 points off the uefa cup pack but instead 9 points cuz pompey in 6th are on 27 points so it is a big gap to make up but these games coming up are crucial in getting back into europe

  • micepie

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #12

    If we play well against Arsenal – regardless of whether we lose – we should stick with Sam.
    It felt right to sack Souness and Roeder at the times we did and they were always the wrong choices in the first place, but it wouldn’t feel right to cut ties this early, especially when BSA has assembled a very good squad (admittedly not getting it together yet).
    After Arsenal, it should be a kinder run of games. We might as well play a reasonably attacking formation and go for it though.

  • iain

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #13

    if we dont beat birmingham, he will be gone.

    if we get tonked by arsenal and dont even try, he will be gone b4 birmingham.

    even if we turn it around and finish top half he will be gone after the season ends.

    ever since the season started the rumours, transfer funds available all point to ashley not wanting big sam.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 2, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #14

    cant sack sam after arsenal , like we were ever gonna beat arsenal and blackburn in the current form we are in .
    no , sam’s fate rests on the next 4 games after arsenal .

  • Hadrian

    Dec 2, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #15

    ohh jerry ,
    keegan a mistake aswell then? he had no experience .
    sick of idiots mentioning that about shearer , yet forgetting the guy who got us in this position didnt have any either .

  • scott 9

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #16

    i agree toon king good didplay at arsenal i think next four games are in the bag and that will put us back comfortably in the top half depends how things go in other matches could even be pushing for europe

  • Haway man

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Apart from Toon king Dr Ed and a few other regulars,I myself love football but I’m not articulate to express my views properly.I find some of the views fulll of S#^&^%e

  • God

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Will everyone stop picking on the booboys (what a horrible term), it is everyones freedom of choice to express their dissatisfaction if they think a player or manager is not given their best to the team.
    The booboys are true supporters whether Toon king or any one else like it or not, they do make the effort to go to the matches and in view of some of the cr*p which has been served up recently the booing is justified.
    Likewise the criticism of some of the players who have looked clueless at times.
    The same booboys will become cheerboys once the turnaround happens, starting this Wednesday. And the same players will be able to walk on water. 🙂

  • God

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Sorry about the last comment it should have been written by my alter-ego, forgot to change it back.

  • Cyprus Mag

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #20

    there’s no room for egos on this site alter boys or otherwise

  • God

    Dec 2, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #21

    I dont know if that was meant to be a funny riposte or not. But of course there is, everyone who comments is expressing their egos and using a pseudonym such as Cyprus mag is an alter ago. 🙂

    PS if it was a funny use a smile face at the end.

  • Cyprus Mag

    Dec 2, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #22

    It was meant to be funny but my computer skills don’t stretch to smiley faces

  • Bill f

    Dec 2, 2007 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Leave a space, then a colon or semicolon for a wink and a close bracket to achieve desired effect. ie 🙂 😉 🙁 ;( I think there is more you can do but don’t know all of the tricks.

    By the way I am not God just a helpful stranger passing by.

  • Davey G

    Dec 2, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon King & Chris L are alias’s for the Allardyce family!! Both these guys have said for weeks now we are on the verge of turning the corner. Both these guys have mocked anyone who dares have an opinion of the miss Managment of team affairs by BSA. We are about to turn that many corners i think we are living in a dodecahedron!! Getting dizzy. Now my senitmients on yesterdays game, and i was there toon king, are that the team performed quite well, but did not take the few chances that came our way! Dont take yer chances, you dont win games, this tells me something is lacking? Is it spirit? Confidence? Talent? All can be changed or influnced by the Maanager!! Why o why is he not influencing his players to win? Why oh why when he is making changes are they so blatantly wrong as the baffling thing about yesterday was Why oh why did BSA put Carr on for Faye, then take him off for Viduka? I thought Geremi was again one of our least effective players (Assist aside) and Smith, again didnt do a great deal to show how ” Great a player he is” (toon king words in a previous post). Yet another totally baffling change from BSA!!So they are hisa signings… room for sentiment in this game!!

  • Cyprus Mag

    Dec 2, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #25

    : )

  • Bill f

    Dec 2, 2007 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #26

    Oh It didn’t work, should have done. 🙂

  • ToonKing

    Dec 2, 2007 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Davey the only time i said that were turning the corner was today, however i said many times, and say it again that we must stick by Sam. There is no one better out there available to us and he proved at Bolton that he can make things happen. We tried the sacking every manager after a few bad games result, it got us nowhere. It’s about time time we learn from the Gooners and Manure and try the continuity approach.

    Faye got injured so Carr came on, and had a good game, but then he got injured too so Sam took him off and brought the Duke on as we were trailing.

    And if u didn’t think that Smithy was very good yesterday…………..then i’m sorry were just not gonna agree on this one.

    I never mocked anyone’s opinion, i simply challenge them. But i admit i was carried away a few times when i saw half-arsed comments like wsq’s usually are.

  • Charlie

    Dec 3, 2007 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Lord Westfield dont you think considering the opposition 12 points from the next four games should be the aim. Indeed 3 points from every game should always be the aim regardless of the opposition.

  • Arthur Prince

    Dec 3, 2007 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #29

    I have to agree with TOONKING . I have been very depressed with the results and dont expectanything against Arsenal who will win the EPL this year . However assuming Mike Ashley and Chris Mort are in for the long term ,then I expect some spending in Jan to improve the standards in the squad which is still small .
    I always thought that Nigel Pearson was a defensive coach or am I wrong .The players need to get themselves sorted out I agree but they must play in their correct positions to learn etc .
    I think now is the time to take stock bring back Andy Carroll and bring in better and better players in a variety of positions . I think the new recruits now know what playing in the EPL is about and even more so playing for NUFC . The fans always support the team (look at the last 40yrs or so) pay good money and do expect to see instant improvement (look at Sven at Man c ) . If for the first time they play with everything the have got and still lose an entertaing gain to a better side on the day then fair enough but the Geordie always know which player gives his very best or not .
    The geordie is very uncomplicated and straight talking in my book, always honest but even more passionate . They deserve the best .
    I do hope BSA and the team understand that ,quit whinging when justified criticism comes their way and do something about it . In the mean time I think we have to be patient and trust that BSA will get it right this season .
    I, therefore ,will give him and the team the benefit of the doubt and as long as there is real progress then fair enough . I think Europe is unlikely now for nest season . But I live in hope .!! Howay the Lads .


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