Milner – Blessing in Disguise


James Milner, who for once played in his preferred position wide right against Wigan Athletic yesterday, admitted Newcastle never got going at the JJB Stadium yesterday, but thinks tha game against Chelsea, coming so quickly, may be a blessing in disguise.

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James Milner – the team just never got going yesterday

The surprising thing with the display by the Tyneside club yesterday was that they hardly troubled relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic, and former player Titus Bramble had a very comfortable time at the back for the Lancashire club.

Ryan Taylor’s 64th-minute free kick claimed all three points for Steve Bruce’s side and even that goal put some question marks on Shay Given’s positioning for the goal. It was the side of the goal Shay was covering but he seemed to move to his left as the ball was hit by Taylor, and he then just couldn’t get to the ball as it squeezed just inside his right hand post.

It was a good shot by Ryan no doubt, but it looked savable to us. But that only made things worse yesterday and we’re certainly not blaming Shay for the defeat. It has to be shared by the whole team.

And Newcastle just have to improve in dramatic style, because these insipid displays are not acceptable to the fans of Newcastle United. The sooner the players know that, the better for all concerned.

After the game James Milner talked to the Shields Gazette:

“Both teams were poor and never got to grips with the pitch, which was a difficult one.” “Apart from the free-kick, there weren’t many chances at all.” “At least if we had came off with a 0-0 draw, we could have said it was poor performance but we are still unbeaten.”

“It was disappointing and we must bounce back. We never really got going, but now we have to make sure we are up for the next game.” “And maybe it is a blessing in disguise that we have a game coming in a couple of days, so maybe we can get something there.”

All the attention will now shift to our tough game at Chelsea on Saturday and fans will want to see a good reaction to their disgraceful display yesterday. Any player who is not willing to give his absolute all at Stamford Bridge on Saturday shouldn’t even bother turning up for the game.

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39 comments so far

  • stanley

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #1

    it’s so annoying to hear we put all the hope to nex game……

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #2

    how many times we heard that this seaon eh stanley ?
    another game to put things right , or balls up 😉

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  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #3

    it would be awsome to kill Chelsea at their home…they didnt lost at home for 78 matches !!! woow,what a headlines would that be…but hey,thats just dreams 😀

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  • valle

    Dec 27, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Milner has been a great disapointment in my opinion, the sooner we can get someone better in the better.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    i second that Valle

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  • Jeremy9

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Probably wrong thread to ask this but are they linking us with any new manager, anything credible that is? I don’t hear most of the talk being outside of England.

    If we have top six money, why can’t we get an elite manager and make some elite signings. Maybe our players are not the best but they are certainly better that what they are showing right? Something tells me we need to look outside of England for a manager. Surely there is somebody with some credentials that can that can do a job here outside of Shearer. I guess my question is, why can’t we find a good manager with enough money and a big enough club?

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  • SteveM

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Finally I have had ENOUGH!!!

    Newcastle do not have the best fans in the world they have the most passionate!! – and when that passion is dirrected negatively at the team it is devestating!! – We have destroyed the confidence of our players and manager we have sown division within the team – by praising some and hating others – why do we shoot ourselves in the head like this!! – How can anyone perform under pressure like that? They are human beings and no matter how much you pay humans they are vunerable to pressure – some of them are even kids! Newcastle is becoming a graveyard for players and managers – and that will lead eventually to relegation – who would want to manage newcastle and have their reputation torn to shreds – who would want to sign for us and be judged like this – who would want to run till their lungs are sore from exertion for a crowd that will cheer you when things go well but cruicify you when the least thing goes wrong – of course we are performing way below our potential – and its because of the pressure. Lets STOP destroying our team.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #8

    SteveM i have been saying that since the booing has started, No one on here listens, and judging by the boos that can be heard on match day, no one at the game listens either. It doesn’t matter now anyway because the harsh reality is it is too now late. The damage has been done. My girlfriend is an Arsenal supporter, and i remember a time when i could brag to her about having the best fans and she had no reply. Nowadays if i say anything along those lines she simply brings up how our fans boo and destroy our own team. My point being we have the reputation now and its stuck with us. If other fans see us as vicious then what do our own players see us as?? that is what worries me most

    Not only is our team a laughing stock at the moment, but the fans as well.
    And all because fans have been manipulated by the press in to believeing they have the right to boo a bad performance. Like i said yesterday, these fans have done more damage to the club then Freddy Shepherd, Souness, Roeder and Allardyce combined.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #9

    If you buy a ticket you should except that there is just as much a chance of a season of bad performances as there is a chance of a season of good performances. It is not a case of “me buy ticket, me not happy, me boo” that is just ignorant and irresponsible as all you are doing is ensuring there are going to be more bad performances in the future. If you cant handle bad performances then dont buy a ticket. We are SUPPORTERS.

    Having great support was the one thing that fans of other clubs respected us for, regardless of performances. However that is now going down the drain and we will be left with nothing.

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #10

    So smithy has been confirmed as captain while the ACN is on what the hell is going on lads iv never seen us in such a state!

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  • wsq

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #11

    hypocritical fans like dragoner and steveM.. u can suck each others asses in private.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #12

    “hypocritical fans like dragoner and steveM.. u can suck each others asses in private.”

    how mature you sound, by the way, are you sure the word ‘hypocritical’ is the right word my little friend?

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Dragoner we still support the team better than any other team in the country home and away but wecannot be expected to support the man who is hurting our team so badly right in frontof our eyes!!

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Cockney Magpie i can see Sam is making mistakes, i too am not blind. However, a manager should be given time to turn things around. This is only his first year and he is still learning the team. Yes he has made some awful decisions but he is not 100% to blame. The players we have are not as good as the people on here think they are. We really do lack quality.
    Also, booing and chanting abuse towards the manager and team is not the way to address the problem. It just does ourselves harm in the long run. Surely you can see this

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #15

    I know the booing and chanting doesn’t help the team but 1) its what happens when emoions run high and the passion take over and 2) its the only way fans can make themselves heard. Plus Sam hasn’t just not turned things around he has made things worse in my opinion. Also i think things are gonna keep getting worse with him in charge. We have been the best fans in the country and have been for a long while and we have not won a thing since 1969 apart from the intertoto we deserve more and to be honest i just want to see us win something relavent before i die!

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  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #16

    I personally would never boo my own team. However when it comes to pressure our fans are absolute pussycats.

    Places like Marseille are bad enough (no wonder Habib Beye can hack it here), but Barcelona really takes the biscuit. How would some of our precious players take the boos & cowards salute of 90,000 white handkerchiefs being waved.

    And all of that behaviour makes their players terrified and underperform so much that they are capable of winning sweet FA. (NOT)

    Crowds in this country are far too quiet and unresponsive. I’d personally love to see the game played in a real bear pit of an atmosphere.

    What really makes player underperform is when they are being told to something ludicrous, and then publically slagged off by their manager for failing in their task. That really does undermine confidence. Well done Sam. What next?

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #17

    And frustration is something i can trully understand. But when fans start asking for Shearer and Keegan it gets my blood boiling as we just keep falling in to the same trap. Acting with haste without a long term plan will get us nowhere. I personally believe that the premier league is a much harder place to be now, and Keegan could not hack it even if he wanted the job, which i am sure he said he doesn’t.

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #18

    blame the fans , go on then .
    myself i blame those fake geordies who blame the fans , the ones who blame us for our millionares being shit .
    were the reason my granny plays better football , were the reason players are played out of position . and we are the reason we buy players and not play them .
    if you were in arms reach id smack you . you know who im talking to 😉

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #19

    trying to be intimidating on the internet is laughable i would just like to add

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #20

    I really do want stability at this club and u r right we do need a long term plan but i just dont think the future of this club is with Sam because i dont think he is gonna take us anywhere. But i really do not know who is the right man either

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  • Chris Bunton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Dragoner you are talking rubbish!!! The fact that 50.000 still turn up every home game and we have the most away fans shows how loyal our fans are!!! Look around at Blackburn, Boro, Wigan and you may understand how good our fans are! For you to say that we should keep our mouths shut and support Sam in destroying our club shows you to be delusional, I wonder if your a fan at all!! It’s clear for everyone to see, Sam is not up to the job, worse still he plays neanderthal football, a true fan voices his opinion when things are wrong so they can be put right! After all we spend thousands each year and pay the staff wages.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #22

    So Chris can you see how booing is going to have an adverse effect in the long term?

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  • valle

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Hadrian… All that comment did was confirming that u are uncivilized and turn to violence once u have been left verbally stranded.

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  • Chris Bunton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Booing for no reason is wrong but our fans are not booing for no reason. Booing in this situation is right and if anything will have a positive impact long term, because the booing tells the owner that things are bad because the fans are not happy so Ashley will be more likely to make the decisions to change and bring in a qualified manager. Negative is keeping Sam long term…we could turn into Leeds! The fans were never like this with Keegan and Robson and they never won anything, the difference was they atleast provided entertainment. When buying 50000 season tickets this is the least we should expect, or atleast a team that trys to play entertaining football!! Things are so wrong with Sam I encourage all the fans to voice their opinion to put pressure on the board to bring in a new manager such as Van Gaal, Jose, Hiddink. If we can get a top quality manager then for the first time in 5 years the long term picture may look bright!

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  • Ben

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #25

    I agree performances have been very poor recently but i also agree with those saying “lay off the players,” the sam era is a period of transition which takes time, the sooner we realise that we are no longer in the same league as the kevin keegan era the sooner we can start to become more realistic in our aspirations, for example, this season- top 10 would be good, then the following season-europe and maybe a cup (or final) would be nice, but to expect champagne football after a manager has brought in 9 players withing 5-6 months is rediculous. The toon armys passion is never in question but nothing is proven by booing our team it effectively shatters any creativity our players may attempt, u think barton will play a 40 yard pass for the risk of it getting cut out and resulting in him getting booed for thrying?!i think not!GET BEHINDE THE TEAM NOT ON THEM!

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  • Chris Bunton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #26

    So Ben…do you really have faith in Big Sam??

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  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Dragoner and all – why don’t you shut up – football is a business, a very big business – in any business if its not performing then someones for the chop and its usually the major shareholders, which in this case are the long suffering supporters that have a major say in matters.
    You think Ashley bought Newcastle to p!ss millions down the drain, I think not he’s bought it to make a tidy sum and if he enjoys it along the way then all well and good.

    For people to say that the lack of success is down to the fans is a joke, these people are meant to be professionals and very highly paid ones at that. I work in an investment bank where traders are shouted at daily by senior management if they don’t perform consistently they are out on their ear but if they do perform they are given renumeration in the form of a big fat bonus cheque, unfortunately players already have that in guaranteed wages so the carrot and stick approach just doesn’t work in the football business.

    No one begrudges an off day but players having an off season is taking the p!ss, it looks from where we sit that Sam can’t or won’t sort it out for some reason.
    He’s already cited that he doesn’t want his future to be reliant on these players which in any other business would mean that the ‘players’ would start seeking alternative employment and not give a toss whether their current employer (nufc) goes to the wall.
    If this is a ploy by Sam to extract January transfer cash from Ashley then this could backfire badly for both him and us.

    It’s bizarre if people think that Alex Ferguson wasn’t heckled by fans in his early days, even Watford fans were booing their team yesterday and they are 2nd top of the championship – people just won’t put up with hoof it up, defensive football, why do you think Jose got the sack at chelski.

    They are in the entertainment business whether they like it or not and Sams negative tactics and bizarre team selection is quite rightly causing consternation amongst both fans and the media.

    I think the fact that he’s made Smith captain shows the type of player he wants to bring in which is a sad indictment of what he thinks of the fans

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  • TimesUp

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m sure the emotional scars left from being booed off the pitch lasted as long as it took for them to have their first post match pint and look at their bank balance.

    I don’t understand why people have this irrational view on booing the team. If you are disappointed by a band you stop buying their records. If you feel hard done by a utility company you switch suppliers. If your last car had problems you opt for a different make the next time.

    Other than not bothering to turn up how else can you show the people who are getting your money to live a luxury lifestyle that their performance simply isn’t good enough.

    Time to get real boys and girls and give the useless bastards some severe stick. If they can’t hack it let them get a normal job and take five to six years what the likes of Owen earns in one week sitting on the treatment table.

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  • Ben

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Im an eternal optimist,i backed guilit,souness,roeder every single nufc manager. All have failed miserably but big sam is well respected within the game and to have managers coming out saying the criticism is unjust then i would say i do have faith in big sam…everyone must remember how fergie nearly got man utd relegated…faith was shown…now look at them…obviously fergie is in a different league of manager but u only get better if ur at the top and are given time,now the nufc business is being soretd out thanks to ashley and mort we are a more structured club.

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  • TimesUp

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Ben, you cannot compare the Ferguson situation with that of Allardyce.

    Ferguson had shown he could win things whereas Allardyce has shown he can keep a club in the top flight on a limited budget.

    That may have been what the last chairman needed given that he had spent future income, mortaged the club to the hilt and had no intention of dipping into his own pocket to subsidise the team.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Booing is the most acceptable thing anyone associated with the club has done since allardyce has been in charge, how else can us fans express our feelings.

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  • Chris Bunton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #32

    I have never backed Sam for this reason…he is too negative. Fergie also got stick but he deserved the backing because he always tried to play the game the right way. Watching Sam’s team play is torture, he is only concerned with stopping teams play football, he doesn’t want his team to play football. This tactic sometimes works against the top team’s but doesn’t work against team that can’t play, that’s why we lose against the lower teams. Sam’s doesn’t have it in his locker to mix it up and change tactics, he only knows the one way! He ignore’s the fact that fans play thousands for entertainment, his whole philosophy may work for Bolton but it’s bad for football….it’s like Wimbledon in the 80’s.

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  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Ben – will you shut up about Fergie, fans were calling for his head left right and centre until he beat Notts Forest and then went on to win a cup. Those days are long gone and football is now a major business ran by businessmen – the old romantic view of chairmen as supporters is history.

    You would be better to compare Sam with Jose who got the sack at Chelsea for playing ‘boring football’ – Sam will win nothing at Newcastle other than the championship where his style of football is best suited

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  • Ben

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Everyone can have a go all they like about me backing big sam, it wont change my view. My comparison of fergie is only relative given the time scale in which they both lost the backing of fans. Comparison to jose is unjust…hes a manager who has won everything domestically….sam has won nothing. But when u call for sam to go who can we get in…another manager to…6 months down the line whilst his new team is gelling well be saying the same…yes big sams tactics are not the greatest (smith…works hard…maybe only in the team because the chairman wears his shirt!) but i still would like to think i have faith in him.changing him now is rediculous…give him a season the see where we end up…everyone seems to of forgotten our very impressive start rivaling keegan era…but displays have been poor but i think its more to do with time rather then a poor manager.

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  • hanzemre

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #35

    yeah may be Sam in changing NUFC to be top 6 PL team in 3 to 5 years (transition period), he needs to learn to listen to the dissatisfied fans who he hurted most lately. What a mess! Too many results and performances were so bad. Something was wrong with his game tactics and else. Unacceptable! Unbelievable!Shocking! Booing/chanting is just a short-term effect & still acceptable as that is how we want Sam & players to learn what they have been wrong. Please Sam stop making excuses. Prove it with right results with right tactics and performances or at least with right players at their right positions.

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  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #36

    impressive start could be down to lucky fixture list or the fact that sam started well, it has however since then been all downhill since then.
    Roeder took us from near certain relegation to europe

    He’s started slagging off the players and the fans and made more excuses than a vicar in a brothel, his money signings have turned out to be complete failures so he’s already wasted over 20 million (Smith, Barton, Enrique, Rozenhal)
    He has now made Smith captain as he must have a contract that guarantees him a starting place despite his inept performances, every man and his dog are slagging the toon as the worst team in the premiership and it’s hard to argue against them, even Souness didn’t manage that

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  • scott 9

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #37

    just give sam a chance hell come good but he needs to be backed in jan otherewise were in shit street
    park ji sung
    arshevin
    stienson
    lassana diarra
    these would all be good available signings in my opinion

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  • scott 9

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #38

    yes finaaly someone agrees with me spot on steve i think smith definatley has somethin in his contract that guarentess him first team football

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  • sports car insurance

    Jan 1, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #39

    great

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