Newcastle In Relegation Fight – Duff


Damien Duff has realized that Newcastle are now very close to, if not in, the relegation quagmire and we was in the Blackburn Rovers team that was relegated a few season ago.

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Damien Duff – Newcastle now in relegation scrap

He says there’s no truth is the statement that you are too good to go down, but it’s hard to call Newcastle good, after their performance in the second half on Saturday, against Aston Villa, in which 4 goals were conceded, which was abysmal.

Duff talked to the Sun today about relegation:

“When I was at Blackburn it was said that they were too good to go down and I went down with them,”“We are in a fight. We have got a tough run-in and need to start picking up points because we haven’t done it of late.”

“Relegation hasn’t been mentioned in team-talks because we are trying to stay positive.” “But anyone who has got half a brain can see we need to pick up points, and the sooner the better.”

“We have got a lot of work to do. We are way off what Newcastle United expects.” “It’s probably a good thing we haven’t got a game as it gives us two weeks to work on the training ground.”

There are two weeks for Keegan and his training staff, hopefully with Alan Shearer, to work some magic on the lads. But it’s got to be a mental thing because the players have proved they can play well, like in the first half on Saturday.

It seems that mental strength is missing ans we need a few players to step up and be counted during the times when things get tough.

Until we can do that, it’s going to be very worrying for Newcastle fans during the run-in to the league.

Comments welcome.



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24 comments so far

  • mick g

    Feb 11, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m afraid Newcastle could be going down with Joey Barton

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  • Kash2

    Feb 11, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    I think a “Told You SO!” about Cacapa is in order!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why play Carr at LB, if Enrique is mildly fit????

    Was Barton actually playing on Saturday????

    Nicky Butt gives the ball away far too much!!!!!

    Alan Smith never ever ever seems to threaten the opposition goal!!!!!

    Attack is the best form of defence apparently, and we can neither defend or attack.

    What the FCUK?????

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  • greek toon

    Feb 11, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    We know very well we are in a relegation fight. Worrying to see we have so many relegation specialists in the team.

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  • Guinea Mag

    Feb 11, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Performances need to improve or we could be in serious trouble!

    With Man Utd, Blackburn and Liverpool to play over the next few games, I’m not overly confident we’ll get much from these games…….

    Ever the optimist, who would of expected a point against Man Utd at SJP last season with the youngsters on display that day!

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  • John

    Feb 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Mate i thought you were a bit light on nicky butt there.

    He’s probably contender for worst player in the premier league..Up there with a few derby players..

    I’d give it to him

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  • Kash2

    Feb 11, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Even the Mackems play better football than us, and that is just as worrying as getting relegated!!!!!

    We only managed 2 periods of the game where we picked passes and eventually carved chances, other than that we were like headless chickens!

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  • Chicken

    Feb 11, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    My team for Man U (posted on previous thread also).

    Owen, Martins
    N’Zogbia, Emre, Geremi, Milner
    Enrique, Faye, Cacapa, Beye
    Harper

    Duff can replace either Zog or Jimmy.
    Duke to replace Owen or Martins.

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  • Graeme

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    But guys, the Messiah is in charge, what can possibly go wrong?? He’s the wrong man for the job and its becoming more obvious by the day.

    Hopefully, we will avoid the relegation battle, because, frankly, Keegan is too fragile to cope with it. Then once the season ends Ashley will appoint his REAL manager to take over, take the club by the scruff of the neck and turn it around.

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  • Kash2

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Chicken, I think you’re right to drop Barton and Butt. They were disgraceful on saturday. I would drop Cacapa too because he’s showing how much of a liability he is.

    My only change would be Cacapa for Taylor!

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  • Andreas

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Chicken, wouldn’t mind that team (maybe swap Milner for Duff and maybe maybe play Faye as DM ahead of Geremi) but you gonna take flack from ppl screaming:

    WoOOOT!!!! Capaca not Taylor, are ye a mAckem u stupoid sod Mackem!!!

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  • Andreas

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Kash2, nice to see a fair opinion on the Taylor v Capaca issue.

    I personally disagree and think young Steve is a liability atm (I do think he’ll become a world class CB but he’s not at the moment in my opinion). He gets away with a lot of mistakes whereas Capaca/Rozy (when he was here) instantly are singled out for all sorts of stuff (even stuff Taylor or others really starts).

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  • will

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    will you guys give the alan shearer thing a rest?
    Kevin will have newcastle utd firing again. the players we have are patently not good enough for this league, maybe they should be playing in the championship.

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  • Kash2

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Andreas, Taylor had a solid game on Saturday. But Cacapa was all over the place. Every game I see with Cacapa and Taylor, I see Cacapa the worse of the 2. Taylor does make mistakes, but he tends to make up for them. He’s the most consistent CB over 90 mins that we have. We missed Fayes dominance on Saturday and we need a hell of a lot more pace and composure through the side!

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  • Leo*

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    where do people get this REAL manager from, stop being a bloody child playing champ manager, ashley hasnt tricked us all trying to keep this new manager who is going to come in and make the garden rosey again…

    ffs he brought keegan in because he thought that we would give him time, so that he could save his pennies, it must have dauned on him now that he must spend in the summer otherwise his investment is fkd.

    how people have turned on keegan already, he has the worst bunch of over hyped players to use in the premierleague.

    support keegan otherwise the whole rigmerol of getting another manager in, just to have to come in and bring in 3rd rate players because they havent had a chance to selectively pick the players that they need at the club…

    sven got lucky ffs and had good foundations to build on at mancity, none of which keegan really has, we may be bringing in ‘great’ youth players but this does not help the club at the moment, wehave to give it time.

    TIME

    not playing BUTT would be the recipe for not being relegated

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  • Chicken

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    My two pennies on the Cacapa/Taylor debate…

    TBH I’m not totally convinced by either of them – I do think that Taylor’s positional sense is lacking somewhat though, and I also think that it is because of this that Cacapa is getting pulled out of position a lot.

    I think Taylor get’s off lightly for this and Cacapa gets the most stick because Taylor is a (half) Geordie.

    Taylor though is always prone to an absolute howler – something I’m sure he will grow out of in time – but for now I reckon Cacapa and Faye has the makings of a decent, solid, dependable partnership.

    One thing that really annoys me is that Stevie T always seems to laugh it off when he makes a mistake, and what’s even worse is no one gives him a rocket for it – that’s what we need – a (dare I say it) Roy Keane type figure to dish out some serious discipline on the pitch.

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  • Callum

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    The thing is – People wont be saying we are too good to go down because quite simply – we arent that good and our team has shown that this season being unable to beat the likes of wigan, derby etc..

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  • Dragoner

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #17

    kash2 you talk shit, taylor makes up for his mistake!? he was non existent in the last match so clean your eyes out. Cacapa is noticed for his mistakes because he is generally in the right place at the right time so there is more chance of him making mistakes. Unlike Taylor who has NO CLUE about positioning and is as SLOW, if not SLOWER than Cacapa despite being around 10 years younger.

    I have noticed a pattern, if Taylor has a non-existent performance and is not seen much throughout the game, and Cacapa is seen throughout the game and makes a few mistakes, some idiots on here will believe Taylor performed better out of the two simply because you cant REMEMBER him to make a mistake. How stupid is that. The reason you dont remember him making a mistake is because he was nowhere near the ball in the first place. WAKE UP.

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  • Dragoner

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Kash2 “Taylor had a solid game on saturday” again more shit talk! he didnt have a solid game, half the time he was in completely the wrong position and nowhere to be seen. Your analysis of a Centre Backs performance is completely wrong

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s worrying looking into our current situation. We need results, positive results but we don’t need them to turn out instantly. Looking at the fixture, we might end up with nothing after 3 more matches. However, I still think we should manage to survive, not because we play good but because those team below us are far worse and lack of options. I might be too bold with this statement, we could as well relegated and deservedly so for playing without direction, without objective, without confidence and without spirit.

    I believe, we are in relegation battle now, no doubt about it. If you try to deny it, it won’t help. We must be realistic and each point right now counts. I just hope KK got it right with the people at his disposal. HE has full squad to choose from now. Get the players to perform, gain points and move forward.

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  • Dragoner

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Chicken your point is much more accurate and less one sided

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  • Obafan

    Feb 11, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Chicken and Dragoner – I’m really glad that both of you share my opinion on Cacapa and Taylor. Every f*cking time again people say Cacapa makes mistakes, but Taylor oh no.
    1st; They both make mistakes it is as simple as that. Cacapa his mistakes are every time again blown up nd Taylor his miastakes are going into a closed box (no one can mention them anymore).

    2nd; Cacapa played a few very bad games (Pompey in particular) but has been also a few times outstanding (Tottenham; Chelsea; Arsenal).

    3rd; I hate it when Taylor starts to laugh with his stupid mistakes (like on Arsenal, where he completely misjudged a stupid bounce, he did it again on Saturday). It was a corner from which the 2nd Carew goal came. Okay the marking out after the corner was not his fault, but if he defended well in the first place, there would have been NO CORNER at all.

    4th; Cacapa has already proven that he is capable of being the leader of a defence. You can’t tell me that it was just luck in Lyon. 5 years as captain in a team full of classy players. I say let’s partner him with Faye and give them a couple of games to get to know eachother and I think we all might be surprised of what they are capable of.

    Is that also not one of our problems; how many times did we play with the same defence. We all said that a team needs time to gel, well I can say that that is very important for a defence especially!!!!

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  • Tripp

    Feb 12, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #22

    In that sense we’re a lot like Liverpool. There’s another team that is woefully underperforming, just at a different level.

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  • sam

    Feb 13, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #23

    iam an everton suppotter i feel pity for new castle i think about it everyday i hope it will get 6 points in these 2 games caming with man united 1 point at liverpool a win at derby and another win at home with sunderland also a win with wigan a draw with bolton and chelsea why are new castle fan worried another draw with spurs all together it 19 points

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  • Kopantz

    Feb 14, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #24

    sad to say it but a Liv and Toon legend is gonna take you down. You’ll be ok this season as Reading and Fulham are even worse defenders than you’se. Next season i am puting £100 on the Toon getting relegated. A better wager would be wether King Kev actually sticks it for 18 months from now. All the signs are there and unless major surgery is performed it’ll be 1988-89 all over again…

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