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FT: Liverpool 3 Newcastle 0 – Newcastle Hopeless


We need to get something very clear after this game was over – Newcastle are in dire danger of being relegated – make absolutely no mistake about that.

Don’t tell us we are too good to go down. Any team that has gained just 3 points from their last 12 league games should be fighting relegation – and that’s our terrible record since we won at Fulham on December 15th.

And that was a very lucky win with a penalty after 92 minutes that Joey Barton converted.

After Newcastle had held Liverpool for 43 minutes and looked like going into the break all square we conceded an unlucky goal that only happens to teams fighting relegation.

The ball was on the right by the goal line and Enrique turned to boot the ball away, but it hit Pennant and the ball then looped over Harper into the goal. Pennant will be credited with the goal but he knew nothing about it.

Martins did look lively when he was brought on in the second half, and he hit the cross-bar with a fantastic shot from 30 yards after 69 minutes. That’s probably more of a goal threat than Alan Smith – who is keeping him out of the starting team – has been all season.

That’s a point that Keegan needs to look at – as he seems to be playing players with the biggest reputations – not necessarily because they are the best players for the job. But there will certainly be another inquisition about what has been an utterly disastrous season for Newcastle United.

If Newcastle players were short of confidence before this game, they will have even less after this performance.

Not to mention what the loyal Newcastle fans have had to go through. It’s little short of a disgrace what the team has been serving up since December.

Bit today, once we were 2-0 down and Liverpool put a 3rd goal past us after 51 minutes through captain Gerrard – Liverpool were content (thank goodness) to see out the game because on Tuesday Liverpool play Inter Milan in Italy.

They took Gerrard and Torres off before 70 minutes was up, as their job was done and both had scored.

The game died a death during the last 20 minutes but Steve Harper still managed to produce a couple of excellent saves to keep the score down after 82 minutes.

The game died only because Liverpool had given up trying to score and were playing out time and seemed satisfied with a 3-0 win.

Where we go from here we have no idea. We play Birmingham a week on Monday at St. Andrews – if we can win that game 4-0 against fellow relegation candidates Birmingham City – maybe we’ll have a chance of staying up.

But something is terribly wrong at Newcastle United this season and our star players are under-achieving now more than ever – and that’s saying something. Maybe we should dock their wages – they’ve hardly earned their massive wages this season.

In our last 12 league games we’ve lost 9 and drawn 3. We’ve scored 6 goals and conceded 30 – that’s how bad things are.

When other people don’t do their jobs – they get the sack.

Whoops, but I keep forgetting – that’s in the real world.

We look for a statement from Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort about what is happening to this once great club.

This is just too much to bear.

58 comments so far

  • Mike

    Mar 8, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #41

    I think we would be in the exact same spot even with Pig Sam…His results were horrible too….1 point to Derby! Losing to Reading, Wigan drawing Sunderland and Middlesborough!

  • Obafan

    Mar 8, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #42

    Mike – do not piss too much m8 😉 . I think there has to be something going on if you see the team selection (it started with SA) but KK just continues the sh*t selection.

  • Mike

    Mar 8, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #43

    ya Oba, I agree…my biggest thing I hated with Pig Sam was his horrible team selection and wacky tactics… Atleast KK is allowing players to play more natural positions, such as N’zoggy not being LB or Smith being in MF

  • Michael

    Mar 8, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #44

    Kevin is out of his depth. It is simple. While I will say Sam was boring he got us the points. Keegan has achieved neither points nor entertainment, the latter for which many fans on this very forum cried.

    Now we have Your Messiah and it makes me think, all the miracles you claimed he had performed in the past are overstated as a reason for bringing him back. If those are the credentials that justified his selection then the board are equally as mentally absent as King Kev. We should have procured a European manager after all, we all agree we are a big club.

    The difference between Newcastle and the other big clubs is they behave like big clubs, we do not. A big club would have gone for the best candidate of those who interested, not a “has been” who’s “has been” status had become manifestly apparent since the latter 90’s.

    We all agree and fans from other clubs that the premier league is the best league in the world, the past weeks champions league results attest to our claims and very few leagues if any would deny . Some of the attributes a manager must have and which are of the gravest importance are:

    Tactics :- Keegan does not have

    Motivational skills: – Questionable, certainly now

    Talent spoting skills: – His relentless selection of Butt and Smith suggest he does not

    Excuses: – Many, it is only a matter of time before he starts talking about and blaming Souness and perhaps even Bobby Robson.

    Let me make this clear, I love Newcastle united and woe to he that says otherwise. I cannot countenance such incompetence. I am reluctant to blame players as they too have a lot for which to play. Premier league survival is motivation enough and not mentioning the competitive nature of anyone in a situation where and opportunity for competition presents itself.

    Blame goes up the hierarchy anywhere you go and on the pitch results go up to the manager. King Kev has reveled himself as a mere peasant the sooner it is seen the better for our club of that no doubt. The results speak for the self and the statistic make it apparent. 30 goals shipped in 12 games. Teams below us are looking at us as their chance for survival.

    Please if any of you have a decent cab number, give it to the board and have them get one now for Keegan. If we survive against all expectations, do you really want this guy to have a chance for a whole season. Extrapolate his results thus far and make a conclusion.

  • Obafan

    Mar 8, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #45

    SMith was in midfield today and Zog already played LB under KK. So no change at all.

  • Marcus

    Mar 8, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #46

    Keep the faith?? What a load of shite!!

    I do blame Keegan for the simple fact of team selection. Same old tossers week in, week out…….what does he have to lose if he gives some of the younger lads a chance? nothing!

    Owen as captain is the biggest joke of all. When have you ever seen him communicate with any of the players on the pitch? He is the biggest waste of space ever to wear a black and white shirt and I’ll be glad when the little shit packs his bags to whatever club will have him. I don’t many takers though!

    Thoroughly pissed off!

  • ScottyT

    Mar 8, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #47

    we were hopeless today end of even KK says it but just on a side note yet again our away support was fantastic what other teams fans at 3-0 down still sing loudly and quite funnily i have to say start chanting ‘ole’ when we’re passing the ball lol

    just thort id use the supprt to get over our shite team two ‘6 pointers’ comin up must wins if there ever were some

  • scott 9

    Mar 8, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #48

    if we get a point at birmingham win fulham and reading and sunderland all at home we will stay7 up

  • azvael

    Mar 8, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #49

    Big Sam result…..

    liverpool 3-0
    blackburn 3-1
    reading 2-1
    Wigam 1-0
    derby 1-0 and 2-2
    pompey 4-1
    Man city 3-1

    All f**king LOST

    Big Sam wasnt a f**king genius. He buy SMITH as STRIKER and even Sibierski was better than him. So to all Big Sam lover, Go support Bolton, they play the kind of football you love.

  • Michael

    Mar 8, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #50

    Kevin id to blame. People seem to forget who selects the players. You confidently say it is the players fault, Who selects the players??????????

    They do not turn up at game and just walk onto a pitch, or do they?

    Any one who says it is the players fault needs to consider this. Keegan’s hands are not tied when selecting players.

  • DaveyParkender

    Mar 8, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #51

    Never once has Michael Owen pinned his colours to the Black & White mast & then is made captain!!
    He doesn`t play for NUFC, he plays for Michael Owen?? Strange
    Weren`t Barton, Smith, Viduka, Butt, & Geremi all `stolen` from under Boro`s noses?

  • Gooderz

    Mar 8, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #52

    We played very well against Blackburn and were mugged at the death. Today we started with a well disciplined formation and it took a fluke to undo the team’s work. The other two goals came from another fairly ineffective performance, offering little cover for ther the defence yet again. Smith’s inclusion still boggles the mind. Germi and Martins need to take their place. Geremi is at least able to pick a pass once in a while and take half decent free kicks and Martins is always capable of something spectacular and unpredictable as demonstrated again today.

  • jeff

    Mar 8, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #53

    I think we all know the games against Birmingham,Fulham,Sunderland,Reading are going to be the massive important ones….Did you really think we wouldve won at Man Utd Or arsenal,liverpool etc? Villa battered us with strength….Blackburn we shouldve won…Bolton at home,total anticlimax game after Keegan coming back and the Boro game the Ref cost us big style……But dont think Im trying to defend the players because Im not….They have all been a disgrace…But Keegan has got to take a good look at the coming up fixtures and also the squad,and then pick players who look capable of at least maybe scoring…..Every fan I have spoke to are all in the same opinion in that Smith Barton & Butt need to be dropped…..Id still stick Geremi right back and move Beye along side Faye in centre half….Dropping Taylor…..If Emre & Viduka are faking injury fine them..They’ve had minor injuries for too long…Martins has to start and yeah maybe Carroll alongside him…Smith might have a clause in his contract saying he has to play if fit but I doubt it…And even if he has,Keegan didnt sign him so Keegan should make his own mind up…Smith quite simply isnt f**king good enough….Its not looking good!!!!!!

  • LouDeKross

    Mar 8, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #54

    If Smith was good enough he would still be at Manure…

    Ditto Butt…

    If Duff still had it he would be flying down the Chelsea wing…

    If Viduka was good enough he would be with the top four… He was never good enough…

    If Owen was good enough he would be with Liverpool – but then again England is more important to him than any club side.

    Barton… well he is so clever that he cant even get into Merseyside. He makes Rooney look like a brain surgeon…

    Milner… well the lad has potential… but then again when is he gonna fulfil this potential?? He’s had potential since 1948!!!

    Given… One of the finest most consistent goalkeepers in Europe and the world… guess we know who Arsenal’s No.1 will be next season.

  • Cyril Sneer

    Mar 8, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #55

    Strange thing this Smith issues, he doesn’t appear to do be able to pass a ball, shoot, just run around errrr…a lot? BUT gets played every time, inspite of martins and carroll. Add to that the fact that ashley has/had his name on his shirt – all a bit bizzare, I mean he’s not exactly an exciting player that you’d like to have on your shirt. Hmmmmmm….?

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 9, 2008 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #56

    Can’t believe the tripe on here, you expected us to beat L’pool? realistically? Yeah ok.

    First 20-25 mins how many corners? 4 or 5, IF the ball could be delivered properly ( like Emre’s corners) we could have got something? BUT Pool are a good team, with 2 outstanding players atleast. Gerrard has carried them before but now has some help atleast from Torres.

    Liverpool made us look worse than we are?

    Smith has to be benched, it is the main thing I cannot understand.

    Anyway some of you can obviously manage better than KK so I’ll bow to your superior knowledge.

  • hanzemre

    Mar 9, 2008 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #57

    okay for next away game against the Birmingham, we’d start with Martins-Carroll/ Martins-Viduka(if fit) let Alan Smith has his break as he ran endllessly all over the pitch yesterday. KK’d play Faye-N’Zogbia in CM if no Emre-Barton pairing in there. Must snatch at least a point/ all 3 points to stay up the league.

  • Shaz

    Mar 9, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #58

    if owen was stilll with Liverpool he ould stil be scoring.your midfield and defence are rubbish.that isn’t owen’s fault.


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