Initial Reflections on the Blackburn Newcastle Game


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Here are some initial reflections on the Blackburn Newcastle game yesterday – from a Newcastle United point of view.

  • The team was a lot more solid than last week, and had a decent first half even though Blackburn still carved out the two best chances and should have scored with at least one of them.
  • The spirit in the side was first class. That’s the biggest thing from the game to lift the spirits of the Newcastle faithful. It was so much better than against Liverpool and Portsmouth, and the game was there for Newcastle to win in the second half. With a little luck, they just may have won it – but it wasn’t to be.
  • The defense is still very dodgy, especially for their second goal. That’s the goal we shouldn’t have conceded. There wasn’t too much we could do about Bentley’s free kick, for their first goal, although Given seemed stuck on his line and didn’t move for it at all. The third goal caught us short at the back trying to get the equalizer, and it was during added time.
  • We didn’t score with the chances we were given in the second half, and we paid the price. After 56 minutes it seemed easier for Barton to score than not to, and Martins should have put his header home after 66 minutes when he put a free header from 5 yards over Friedel but also over the cross-bar. Goals then could well have turned the game in Newcastle’s favor
  • Emerton clearly handled after 79 minutes when challenged by James Milner. TV replays showed he handled intentionally, but the referee and assistant presumably didn’t see it. 🙁
  • 3-1 was hardly a fair score-line as the third goal was scored right at the death as Newcastle surged forward for an equalizer to try to get something out of the game.
  • Sam Allardyce looked like death warmed up at the end of the game as he tried his best to get some kind of result out of the game. We were pleased to see him a little more upbeat on Sky Sports after the game. We have to remember Sam’s human, and he certainly gave everything he had from the touchline to try to turn things in the Magpies favor yesterday.
  • Even though we got nothing out of the game we were proud of the display from the players, which was brave and gutsy. It’s hard to criticize the effort yesterday and the players gave it everything they had – but unfortunately for nothing at all,at leasst in terms of points
  • Let’s keep supporting the team, they deserve it after yesterday’s brave display, from every single player.

Comments are very welcome – but please keep the language decent – many thanks.



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10 comments so far

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s still not great if a 3-1 defeat is our best perfmance for weeks

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  • ToonJon

    Dec 2, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Unlucky result yesterday.
    Was happy with the smith and martins up fornt combination, thought it looked good.
    If we keep performing like that than i can see a team getting beaten by a lot of goals. 🙂

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  • BILLY

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3

    JOEY BARTON HAD A GO AT THE FANS FOR NOT ACCEPTING UNDER PERFORMING DISPLAYS AND UNCARING ATTITUDES ALONG WITH TACTICTS THAT NOBODY BUT THE MANAGER UNDERSTANDS. I WONDER JOEY BARTON WOULD THE SMALL UPTURN IN PERFORMANCE AGAINST BLACKBURN HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE FANS (IN JOEYS WORDS VISCIOUS) GO AT THE TEAM AND MANAGER. OR WOULD HE AND THE REST OF THE SO CALLED FOOTBALL STARS JUST KEPT TURNING UP PUT A HALF SHIFT IN COLLECT THERE 30,000 – 40,000 +POUNDS A WEEK SIGH AND SAY AH WELL THATS FOOTBALL IT TAKES TIME WHEN NEW PLAYERS COME TOGETHER AND A NEW MANAGER HAS TO GET HIS IDEAS TO WORK. FOOTBALL FANS ARE NOT NAIVE AND UNDERSTAND THE GAME AS WELL AS THE PROFESSIONELS. SO MY SUGGESTION TO BSA IS STOP FING ABOUT PLAY PLAYERS IN THERE PROPER POSISITONS AND THE PLAYERS TO START PLAYING WITH A BIT OF PRIDE FOR THEMSELVES AND START TO TURN THINGS AROUND. MIND WE HAVE ARSENAL ON WEDENSDAY (GOD HELP US)

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  • Steve

    Dec 2, 2007 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Im a Blackburn fan and was mystified why MV was only sub? Having said that Martins and the much overrated Alan Smith looked a pretty good combination to me. You were unlucky as we played better v Villa on Weds and yet lost 4-0. Funny game indeed

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  • God

    Dec 2, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry Billy can’t help you out yet, now if you still had Sir Bobby in charge. I think Sammy may lean towards my opposite number perhaps you could appeal to him.

    By the way theres no need to shout.

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  • Eve

    Dec 2, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #6

    There was an interesting article I read last night after the Newcastle match and it went like this..

    “Big Sam is under fierce pressure, Newcastle is a massive club and their fans aren’t the easiest to please. They expect the best and are quicker then most to harshly criticise their manager and even their top players, but after having to put up with empty promises, horrible displays where only usually their keeper can leave the pitch with his head held high and the MOTM award countless injuries and duds of manager. Well can you blame them.
    They’ve got guys up front like Martins who can score goals, but the problem is that they keep conceding at the back, they’ve got a very good keeper but really bad defenders. The only way they can even start to think about finishing top half of the table, not to mention in Europe, as typical Newcastle fans demand, is if they buy some new, half decent defenders in January. But there’s a pattern over the last ten odd years or so that Newcastle can never seem to buy decent defenders, (I wont put down what they said about Bramble) it will be interesting to see who the manager goes for come the transfer market, that is if he still has the job. Now unless Sam can work a miracle in the next few days and beat one of the title toper favourites, Arsenal, then it wont be just players Newcastle will be shoping for come Christmas.”

    What do ye think of it. It was interesting to read but I don’t know.

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  • Bill f

    Dec 2, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #7

    I would disagree, I think we have had decent defenders but they have never played to a regular system and have never known what to do. This is why I keep banging on about a good defensive coach.
    imo I do not think Manu, Liverpool or Arsenal had better (collectively) defenders in the past they have just consistently played to a system that has worked .

    Italian league teams seem to know how to do it you seldom see their teams getting thrashed (Roma was an anomaly).

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  • Adamjd2

    Dec 2, 2007 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Completely agree…get a good defensive coach and NUFC will agree improve greatly. I think we have good players on defense (not unbelievably great) but they could def use a good defensive coach. Defense improves and the offense will come alive even more.

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  • Chris

    Dec 3, 2007 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #9

    The thing is with the defence, every team has a crap defence apart from the top 2 or 3 and that is only because they have the ball more, it just appears our is criticised more than others.

    We bought some players who didn’t have experience of the Premier league and after the 1st few shiny and bright games it gets hard, England has a fast tempo but we weren’t in the position to buy one defender and give him time to settle in surrounded by other experienced premier leagus players and let him settle in before we buy another.

    The team was so poor we would have went down with Sunderland and the Boro this season in my limited opinion.
    However things are looking up slightly. We have got rid of the troublesome players, who either slagged us off in the papers or were in it all the time anyway. Bramble left to improve our defense, Dyer left to live in London taking his constant bad press and Luque took his commitment to Holland.
    Hopefully it’ll start to look up soon, otherwise we’ll be looking over our shoulders at the mackems and smoggies

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  • Sandy McNair

    Dec 3, 2007 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Agreed very much with the post. Defence, nothing to add (hope they get better, as I think it maybe foolish to try and repair with new players mid season).

    Good team spirit in midfield, smith moved else where, so they performed better too.

    Stikers, worked well as pair, but i dont think they will produce enough goals for newcastle. Still vote ” Smith for Tranfer”.

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