Newcastle Play Their Hearts Out With No Reward

It was another defeat yes, but a much improved performance from Newcastle United at Blackburn yesterday, and but for a little luck, they could have come out with a draw and even a victory.

But it wasn’t to be, although that certainly wasn’t for the want of trying, as the Newcastle players fought tooth and nail in the second half for a result this afternoon.

The 7,0000 Newcastle supporters were in full voice as they supported their team throughout the game.


Sam Allardyce – pleased with his team’s fighting qualities yesterday

An Obafemi Martins header from a Geremi free-kick, just after half-time put Newcastle ahead, but they couldn’t keep their lead. Two excellent goals from David Bentley, with Tugay adding a late third just before the end, as Newcastle were caught upfield, put paid to the Magpies’ valiant effort.

Sam Allardyce, the beleaguered Newcastle manager, seemed quite pleased with the performance after the game, as he talked to Sky Sports:

“There’s no doubt about it, we’ve been the better side and created more chances but failed to take them at the right moments.”

“And there’s a guy in the opposition side who’s pulled out two top quality finishes to drag Blackburn through to victory and given us a disappointing defeat I didn’t think we deserved.”

“The defining moments went against us. At 1-0 Charles N’Zogbia was definitely not offside but was given so, and that probably would have made it 2-0.”

“They have gone straight up to the other end and scored. “We had chances to go back to 2-1 and then Bentley’s pulled out another one from the top drawer to give them the lead.”

“But with us not going so well at the moment, everything seems to go against you.”

But Newcastle again looked weak in defense and the second goal especially was a poor goal to concede. Things haven’t improved on the injury front for the Magpies, as Faye had to leave the field injured again in the first half, and his heading ability was sorely missed at the back.

Newcastle’s supporters were also on their very best behavior and supported the players throughout– which they did in their usual vocal way. They were also supportive of the manager and Sam is far from finished at the club if he can get this kind of gutsy reaction from his players. The players, every one of them, worked their socks off all afternoon, but just didn’t have the luck when it mattered.

Allardyce admitted:

“We still have this defensive frailty that if we don’t put right is going to be a problem, and if we had done that here we would have got something.”

“They created an atmosphere here that was terrific from our point of view, and of course the way we played helped to get them on the edge of their seats.”

Allardyce was then asked about his position at the club, and the malicious rumors circulating in the popular press this week, that his position at Newcastle is under threat. Sam’s take on the speculation was as follows:

“I don’t quite know where it’s come from, but it’s a situation I have to live with like any other manager who is “We have to be committed like we were here and we’ll come out the other end of it.”

“We have to keep the belief and keep fighting and a performance like this, even though we didn’t get the result, is what I’m looking for week-in and week-out.”

Sam’s completely right there. Most of the negative reaction from last week’s game against Liverpool, was the way in which the team just seemed to wilt under the Liverpool pressure, and give up the points, with no fight whatsoever.

But there was no surrender yesterday, and we can say we were proud of our team yesterday, even though they got nothing out of the game. If Sam can get his players fighting like this in every game, the Newcastle fans will not be the only supporters in the country wanting Newcastle to do well this season.

If they can keep up this fighting spirit in the team, then Newcastle will be repaid in the future with the points they need. As long as the fans keep supporting the team, this season can still be turned around, since there are still plenty of games left.

Let’s give the team our full support against Arsenal on Wednesday evening. That’s the next step in the battle.

Comments very welcome.

25 comments so far

  • NICK

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Wasn’t able to watch the game but I believe your account on the fighting spirit of the team. If the team loses because it has given up even before the final whistle then there is no cause for finding an excuse for them. But if they have been fighting to the last second … there is nothing much that can be said about that. The only thing as supporters … to continue supporting the team through thick and thin, and hope that they will turn the corner. 🙂

  • micepie

    Dec 2, 2007 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #2

    What’s all this, headlines from even the “better” newspapers about BSA facing the sack?! It would be compltely idiotic if it happened! The Times etc should know better, if it’s just conjecture.

  • Callum

    Dec 2, 2007 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #3

    The game was a great game, Newcastle dominated much of the second half and the first half i think Newcastle just edged it also but for 2 great goals (It looks to me that every week someone always scores a great goal vs us) and then that third was not deserved but then again.. Blackburn took their chances where as Newcastle didnt and the defence looked a bit frail also but then again it was a patch up defence 🙁

    I’d also like to say how well Carr done today – I knew SA training methods would get him fit again.

  • geordiejordan

    Dec 2, 2007 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #4

    we played b****y brilliant today. like ed said unlucky, unlucky, unlucky. smithy worked his socks off, unquestionably MOM, imo. he and oba should start up front. and we need to get taylor and faye fit for the gooners! roll on wednesday. i never feel good after a loss but this was a good display from wor lads.

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Dec 2, 2007 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Bring on the Arses!!! C’mon NUFC!

    Another gutsy display on Wednesday please. Only the way you play matters, not the result!

  • Cyprus Mag

    Dec 2, 2007 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #6

    “Blackburn Rovers had not won in four games so Big Sam was coming to Ewood Park looking for the win that would ease the pressure mounting on him as the Newcastle boss, but David Bentley had other ideas and his two goals helped Rovers to a comfortable 3-1 victory over the Magpies.”
    This is how others see it, you guys want to lose your rose tinted specs. A bit of effort in response to great support just isn’t enough. The playes need to look as though they know what they are about and if the manager doesn’t what chance have they.
    As we continue our slide down the table over the next two months you will come to agree with me.
    I hope I’m wrong but I fear I’m not.

  • Ross

    Dec 2, 2007 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #7

    If the lads can play like that and show as much effort now, then what happened against Pampy and Liverpoo? At least it shows they are fullt behind Sam and if they carry on with performances like that then we wont be far off Europe come the last few games.

    All in all, even though we lost, things are looking up 🙂

  • adam

    Dec 2, 2007 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    i agree cyprus mag. the effort was there, BUT it should be like that every week, like the other teams do. great support from the toon at the game, and i wish i was there, we need it from all 52000 of us against arsenal on wednesday. it wont be easy.

    its sad but im now looking forward to the day we get 40 points and are safe from relegation, because thats where sam is taking us. sad but true

  • bb

    Dec 2, 2007 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    So the penny drops at last for -BSA (Big stupid Allardyce)

    The result is important but I have not travelled around this country and atteneded home matches for 33 years because of the silverware.

    Its because of the way we have a go and try to play football thats why relegations are endured.

    Yesterday we had a go

    please no more talk of trying to nulify the opposition thats what has you in the position you are. Personally I think you are too stubborn to change and thats why for me you will have to go as I feel you will revert to type and try to bore teams off the pitch.

    Yes you did well for bolton but why could they never sell out — caus the games were crap thats why, we want more here.

    As for Joey sounds like a public transfer request to me and BSA backing him up will just wind up those who have the knives in.

    Another tip BSA dont moan after the result just admit we got beat but had a go thats the Newcastle way.

    I wonder who will be spending the money in Jan as I still feel BSA will go in the next 10 days.

    Shearer and Keegan as director of football for me but Id take anyone at the minute. Jol ?

    lets open the debate a bit we all know he’s not going to last.

  • Andy

    Dec 2, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Improved? *rolls eyes* Yes, in the same way that giving up crack cocaine for a heroin habit would be an improvement.

    Also, great to see Bentley shove it up Barton with a superior performance.

    So, to precis, Newcastle United currently is very much the blind leading the bland.

    Hitzfeld for the Toon? I’d accept Adie Boothroyd at the moment, but who cares. It’s just a bunch of overpaid ***ts with no passion or nous of what it means to represent the Black and White.

    Wake up to yourselves.

  • Doctapaul

    Dec 2, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    The first thing Sam had to do was to get the team to battle with 100% commitment.

    If they keep it up against Arsenal (even if thjey don’t get a result) it will put them in the right frame of mind for the Birmingham game at home.

    We can turn this Winter of Discontent into one of hope in 6 days time.

  • Leo

    Dec 2, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    last night was the first time in a while i watched match of the day and was not sooo angry about everything.

    instead i was angry at the chelsea match and how john terry wasnt sent off for trying to choke boa morte, he is a thug and should recieve a ban for that,

    also the gunners everytime they got fouled they rounded the ref. they should all get booked for it. poo reffing, but they fouled and got away with it copious amounts of time, if that happens against us i will be tempted to encroch the pitch and deck the ref

    (if any policemen reading this, i mean deck him out with xmas gear) 😉

  • david bulman

    Dec 2, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #13

    people should stop getting carried away cause we battled more yesterday,we still lost and sam dropped enrique again even though he was only decent defender against liverpool.geremi and smith offer little and smith not a midfield,shows commitment but no creativity and dives in every tackle.barton was right,some of the abuse aimed at sam was a bit much after a run of defeats when after good results at start they were singing his name.he deserves his chance but i personally dont think hes right for of shearer as manager is a joke,he was a legend as a player but has never managed and cant just go into one of the biggest jobs.would have loved ramos as manager but too late.sam needs to get team playing with a bit of conviction and play martins instead of owen,stop packing midfield with defensive players.its not getting us results

  • Big AL

    Dec 2, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Ok lets look at the stats, because from what i heard on the radio it sure sounded like we were the better team.

    Blackburn Newcastle

    6 Shots On Target 8
    7 Shots Off Target 12
    21 Fouls (Conceded) 17
    1 Corners 1
    2 Yellow Cards 3
    0 Red Cards 0

    So lets just say blackburn would have been lucky to get a point let alone 3, also how the hell was that penalty shout missed by the ref?

    Anyway compare those stats to the liverpool game and the performance was a thousand times better, but for bad luck newcastle would have won that game 3-1 not blackburn.

    headlines like Rovers flatten Newcastle, are a joke, blackburn were lucky, the stats and the match prove it. Lets just hope we perform like that every week and next time get the result we deserve.

    Im just glad it wasnt another horror performace, i just hope this is where we start to turn the corner, because performaces like yesturday usually gets you results.

    Although defencivly we still dont look to clever

  • ToonKing

    Dec 2, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    david bulman, how can u say that Smithy offers little ?? he was outstanding yesterday, MOM for sure. And Smithy diving ??? come on ………

  • BB

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Shearer as manager a joke David ?? how many clubs had Keegan or Klinsmann et al managed

    if your good enough your good enough simple as

    As for Shearer seem to think we had a decent run when he helped Roeder and quite a big dip when he left him to get on with it.

  • scott 9

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #17

    ive sean the newspapaers today news of the world SAM ON BRINK its rediculous aparentley he has one game to save his job so if we lose agaionst arsenal he gets sacked its rediculous iw ill be gutted were doing better than last season and our december is a good one give him until xmas at least.

  • Doctapaul

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #18

    DB, Keegan had no experience as a manager. In fact he’d been playing golf for a few years before taking over a The Toon.

    I hope that the “homers” get behind the team the way the “awayers” do on weds night – to build an energy storm that puts the arsenal youngsters under pressure from the off.

    “Nothing’s impossible, if your heart is really in it.”

  • scott 9

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #19

    also anyone see were in for garcia of enspanyol

  • ToonKing

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #20

    really?? Garcia ?? hmm he is a really good playmaker…would be a great buy..

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Smith was really outstanding yesterday, and so was Barton too!! Butt worked hard, but couldn’t make ONE good pass.. Think we will be better off with Emre in middle, cause his passing is class!!
    I think this was the best game of the season so far, except maybe the Bolton away win..
    If we keep playing and attacking like this with all the tempo/pace, will and flair we had yesterday, then we will only get better and better, and eventually we can keep pressure for a whole match if needed.

  • scott 9

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #22

    yes well it was in the news of the world dont now if it is true or not were also in for wes brown apparentley as he has rejected a new man utd deal not sure if he would solve our problems at the back though he not bad at right back mind

  • Arty

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Its time for everyone to get behind NUFC, players, manager and board. And for the players to produce some guts at home, thats all it would take, show some commitment and the support WILL follow. Try it , you will like it!

  • Bill f

    Dec 2, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Docpaul, the homers and awayers are the same people it’s just that they had something to cheer.

  • Doctapaul

    Dec 2, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #25

    You’re right Bill.

    Maybe I shuddav requested that the level of zeal demonstrated at away games, be matched, person for person.


    the level of tolerance (ie keep supporting the team onward) be also matched when things go awry.

    Good point!


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