Newcastle Need Consistency Now

Shay Given had one of his best games of the season for the Magpies at Chelsea on Saturday and kept Newcastle in the game with some excellent saves.


Shay Given – played very well for Newcastle at Chelsea

Shay has talked to Newcastle World TV today, and says that manager Sam Allardyce has urged his players to produce their best form in every game they play. That’s the sign of true professionalism, and all good teams like Manchester United, Arsenal and the like, have a level of play they hardly ever dip below. And even when they don’t play well, those teams nearly always manage to get a result.

Shay said today:

“We’ve played very well in the second-half and we’re gutted not to have taken at least a point,” “It’s a cruel blow so late in the game after we’ve worked so hard to get the equalizer and then perhaps could’ve won it.”

“The gaffer is trying to find that level of consistency from the team no matter who we are playing.” “In that respect there are a lot of positives to take and we have to build on that.”

“We’ve got Man City at home on Wednesday and we have to roll our sleeves up and try to produce a performance as good as the Chelsea game.”

“It’s a night time match and they are always special at St.James’ Park so hopefully with the fans behind us we’ll get a win to kick-off the New Year.”

Certainly it seems consistency is the name of the game, because Newcastle have played very well in some games – like against Arsenal and Chelsea. But in other games, and unfortunately against teams below us in the league, the team has put in some terrible performances. The displays against Derby County and Wigan Athletic were just hopeless.

Newcastle deserved at least a draw in London over the weekend, although we cannot complain too much since we did win two games recently in the very last minute, and these things tend to even themselves out.

If we can produce the level of performance we gave on Saturday on a much more regular basis, and play more attacking football along with it, we should be relatively OK this season. And if we can get a few good players in during the January transfer window, that certainly will not hurt the situation.

Comments and opinions always welcomed.

19 comments so far

  • hanzemre

    Dec 31, 2007 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #1

    that was how we wanted it to be played, constantly week in week out. well done boys, keep the good work going from now on.

  • Mac

    Dec 31, 2007 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah a decent preformance,well an improvement on Derby and Wigan,hopefully we’re turning things around. Hopefully another good game against man city and some action in the Jan window. Happy new year to the Toon and all the fans

  • petworth magpie

    Dec 31, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #3

    hey Ed can we get a player rating section going on. much more entertaining than all the transfer speculation nonsense.

  • Savic Vladimir

    Dec 31, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Win against Man City and cleansheet would be perfect for Toon Army !!!

  • Hadrian

    Dec 31, 2007 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #5

    if we get beat tommorow , IF ,
    then i can see the fireworks starting again 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 31, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #6

    petworth magpie – I’m looking around right now so we can get a ratings going on the Newcastle Team performance after each game. Haven’t found anything yet though. It’s different than a poll since each player needs a rating up to 10 say.
    Does anybody out there know if there’s something available – or how we could do a ratings? is a wordpress site.

  • Adam B

    Dec 31, 2007 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #7

    we may lose wednesday – but i really see us winning! shay and the boys are looking better after saturday.

  • Steve

    Dec 31, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #8

    I have to say u got a good keeper and a great manager you should be greatful that a man a s Wonderful as Big Sam went to yous lot in the first place. Just how good a person do you want at the time he was the best around but there again you could take ohhhhhh wotsss his name McClaren he would take you places. LOL

  • geordie down south

    Dec 31, 2007 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #9

    a 1-1 draw would be good 2moro..

    get rid of ..


    get in


    the end…

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Happy New Year everyone

  • Zx

    Jan 1, 2008 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Happy New Year guys. I will forgive BSA right now and forget about 2007. Hopefully we can start 2008 with a winning run. Howay the lads!


    Jan 1, 2008 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Given always play well for Newcastle. One of the top performers year in year out! How was new year celebration lads? 🙂

  • Magjp

    Jan 1, 2008 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Happy New Year guys.

    The main thing that can save BSA is if he start playing Smith upfront. By the way Faye played really well as a holding mid, he should play there more and push Smith forward IF BSA needs Smith to Start all the time.

    My team for the Man City game

    Beye, Taylor,Cacapa,Enrique

    Play football

  • newcastlefan

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #14

    I think we can win the game with good defensive and attacking play just like we did against Chelsea.

    But if we defend like the way we did Chelsea in the last 15-20 minutes, thats not going to work, we have to push them with a lot set piece and creative attacking .

    The key to this game is to push Faye upfront to DM as he can cut the passes from man city midfield especially from the likes of Petrov/Elano. We also need to inclue emre as he is the creative midfielder who can feed viduka /oba & good at set pieces instead of using him as a sub.

    This is my team:-


    Beye taylor Cacapa Enrique

    Geremi/milner faye emre duff

    Viduka/Smith Oba

  • Arthur Prince

    Jan 1, 2008 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Happy new Year Dragoner and Magjp and everyone else also . Special greetings to you Ed I think you have done a great job with the Blog
    . Lets hope again for an improvement and lets get behing the team and BSA . Onwards and upwards .lets show what the Geordies are about !!!
    I hope Sam goes back to his original comments about everyone fighting for their place on merit
    It would help if Sam also accepts the sytems of play he is using isnt working and to quote “Mike Bassett” plays 4 4 2!!!!! or words which I leave to your imagination as I am too much agentleman to use it in Ed,s Blog and there are ladies present also !!
    I also want to see some of the youngsters given a chance in their rightful playing positions or come to think of it everyone playing in their rightful positions . Then we should see improvment
    Any way Howay the Lads and lets have a good 2nd half to the remainder of the season

  • Arthur Prince

    Jan 1, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #16

    And a happy new year to you ZX didnt see the blog initially sorry

  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 1, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Below – as a fan said in the Times today and I think this reflects and concludes what I myself and many others feel.

    ” It is a dreadful negative style of play with too many players played out of position. The fans don’t much like watching it. That’s about it .”
    We are prepared, if not happy, to lose games as long as we play some ” football”. To achieve the woeful results Allardyce has had, while having to endure a mind numbing, non – football, is another matter entirely.
    We have some good, if not, great players at Newcastle who are been nullified and negated more than the opposition, by the manager’s tactics, where the concept of 3 points for a win seems altogether alien and a point at the likes of Derby ( not even that was achieved) is something to behold!
    Newcastle are as fickle as any other fans, not any more or less. I defy any of the top 5 clubs to say hand on heart they would cheerfully embrace the appointment of Allardyce and his long ball, negative and thuggish ” style” whilst playing players out of position. Newcastle were unfortunate victims of the flawed Shepherd regime and Allardyce was Shepherd’s desperate last move, in the absense of ambition laced with a liberal sprinkling of xenophobia to appoint a top foreign coach

  • scott 9

    Jan 1, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #18

    nothing less than a win tommeorow night i am really hoping we could still push for 8th and get an intertoto cup spot hope we sign some good creative players this month i actually think our defence is starting to come together now shame beye and faye are of to african cuo we really need them hopefully we will bring some back up in.
    greiter stienson would be good for a back up right back

  • scott 9

    Jan 1, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #19

    team we should play tommorow
    beye cacapa taylor enrique
    martins viduka
    however i think he will play smith instead of viduka he may play butt instead off emre aswell but i think we need to play emre tommorow so we can be more attacking its alright playing faye and butt away at chelsea but not at hokme when fans want to see attacking football.


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