FT: Newcastle 1 Hull 2 – Magpies Hit Rock Botton


In a game which seemed to reflect the confusion and disarray off the field at the Newcastle club, the Newcastle side were nowhere near their best this afternoon at St. James’ Park, and a mediocre and surprised Hull City side took all 3 points.

It’s hard not to admit that the total lack of leadership and competence shown by the Newcastle Board has
seen itself manifest on the field and in the first half Newcastle missed three good chances to go ahead.

Then in a game where they had no luck at all, Butt gave away a penalty after 34 minutes,  with an innocuous challenge on Halmosi, and Marlon King put the penalty away.  Given almost saved it but was unlucky as he diverted the ball onto the right hand post and into the net.

But good chances were missed by Guthrie, Ameobi and Geremi, and the worst miss was after 16 minutes when Guthrie shot wide with a wide open goal at his mercy.

It was fitting that the Board of Directors were not at the game, apart from Derek Llambias who sat on his own in the Director’s box, because they showed as much leadership today as they’ve shown in the last two weeks – absolutely none.

They are a disgrace to the Newcastle United Club and they sooner they get out of town the better for everybody concerned with the club.

The second half was not much better than the first for Newcastle, and Hull were gifted with their second goal as they caught Newcastle upfield following a Newcastle corner. With one pass, Marlon King was put straight through and he easily beat Shay Given to his right, to put Hull City 2-0 up, and they could hardly believe it.

Newcastle tried to come back, but their play was at best lethargic, and it’s clear the shenanigans of the last two weeks has affected the players, and there was no leadership from anyone on the field today. Owen was quiet and did little to keep the players together.

Xisco did get a goal back for Newcastle after 81 minutes after N’Zogbia’s low drive came back off the post – and the Spaniard put it home. This was a difficult home debut for the youngster, but he stuck to his task and had a reasonable game but missed a few half chances.

Also Gonzalez came on in the seoc nd half in place of the hopeless Ameobi, and looked decent and certainly seemed up for the challenge.

The team had looked to veterans Butt, Geremi and Owen to provide leadership today, but it was sadly missing, and to make things even worse Danny Guthrie managed to get a straight red card right at the end of this game, for a terrible foul on Craig Fagan, after his frustrations seems to boil over.

The team did not produce the goods today, that’s the bottom line, although if they had taken some of their early chances, we could have still won this game, against a mediocre Hull City side, who were thrashed 5-0 at home in their last game by Wigan, of all teams.

If we can do no better then this at home against a very mediocre side, we shouldn’t hold our breath this season to finish anywhere higher than mid-table at best.

The ship that is Newcastle United, is adrift in the ocean, with the Owner and Board nowhere to be seen, and after creating this mess, when they cannot even show up for the games and face the music, then surely they should get out of town – for good.

The club is surely in dire straights right now, and it’s really hard to imagine how Mike Ashley and his coherts can show their face in Newcastle again, after what the damage they have done to our famous club.

Teams:

Newcastle United: Shay Given, David Edgar, Charles N’Zogbia, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen (c), Xisco
Subs: Claudio Cacapa, Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Nacho Gonzalez, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson
Hull City: Boaz Myhill, Andy Dawson, Ian Ashbee (c), Michael Turner, Craig Fagan, Bernard Mendy, Peter Halmosi, Paul McShane, Dean Marney, Marlon King, Anthony Gardner
Subs: Dean Windass, Geovanni, Matthew Duke, Bryan Hughes, Sam Ricketts, Caleb Folan, Kamil Zayatte
Referee: Andre Marriner
Attendance: tbc



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78 comments so far

  • ToonRich

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Where do we go from here then???

    I’m still worried about MA’s U-turn over KK. Why would he want to bring him back now, after letting him walk away? Things would never be right between them, I’m still for MA to sell up 🙂

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  • neeraj

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #2

    pathetic match pathetic board

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  • BigB75

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #3

    BUTT totally SUCKS….time for him to go on!!!!…

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  • wallsend mag

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #4

    pants, absolute bloody pants. NE1 worried about the R word yet. Teams seem to always get some history against us. The only team Derby beat last year, us; Hulls first away win in the EPL, us. We are becoming an easy three points and the sooner we get ourselves sorted the better.

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  • SD Toon

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #5

    pathetic match pathetic board pathetic team

    says it all about the quality of our team that in the year 2009 Shola Ameobi will probably still be playing for Newcastle

    We will struggle

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  • Tom

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #6

    About the only decent thing about this game was Xisco proving he’s already a million times better than Smith, by scoring a competetive goal.

    Sack Wise bring back keegan, it’s not that hard Ashley. We’ll forgive you a little if you can just sum up the courage to do it.

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  • VanCanToonFan

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Wow, it seemed everything that could go wrong did go wrong today. Never mind the result… the refereeing was deplorable, the picture and audio were terrible (dark, fuzzy, and the commentators fading in and out), and the end of the game was cut off at the point where the scuffle broke out in the corner, at least on the feed I was watching.

    On the field, there was just a general sense of confusion. The players tried to put on a good show, but their timing was off, the finishing was diabolical, and the “Cockney Mafia Out!” banner was a distraction.

    Xisco was reasonably impressive in his debut. He was certainly in the mix at all the right times, but again his finishing was not up to snuff, and he was lucky to have the ball drop in front of him for the late goal.

    N’Zogbia was played out of position yet again… they should have started Bassong in the back and let Zogs move to his natural position in the midfield.

    Butt was close to useless, again throwing out reckless challenges. The penalty call might have been debatable, but was it a surprise to anyone that it was Butt who the call went against?

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  • Kurt

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Awful day

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  • TheGoldfishBowl

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #9

    It amazes me that some people are still talking about us having a decent season! I would take 12th place at the end of the season NOW! This season is about survival. We must try and stay up and hope someone buys Ashley out in the meantime.

    We are going to be in a relegation scrap in my view. At the end of the season, we will all say the seeds of this dreadful season were sown by our lack of ambition and activity in the summer.

    ASHLEY OUT!

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  • neeraj

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #10

    this is what happens when u undermine a guy who loves the club and has such a grt pedigree as keegan….

    we got some good players, but we are out of players in what 4 games into the season…..

    he told we are low on mid fielders and wingers and that’s exactly what we saw today!!!!

    come on why dont you make dennis wise ase ur business advisor!!!!

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  • Jacob Lowe

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11

    That comment about Butt is nonsense, he is the kind of player we need around at times like this; someone who will work their socks of for the team. the penalty wasn’t a penalty and he never gave up from start to finish. If you want spirit in the team he is the man who should be first on the teamsheet every week, and he contributes a hell of alot too.

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  • happy toon

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #12

    terrim if your listening we need ya….a coach/tactician….what is bambiobi still doin in this team….i would rather play with 10 men…than with that heap of shit…

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  • pak-toon

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #13

    just off topic – anyone see how shit warnock was today? all of arsenal’s goals were because of mistakes by him! zoggy is a better LB

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  • VanCanToonFan

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #14

    I forgot to mention Ameobi… not good enough for Championship teams, yet he gets the start for Newcastle? Pathetic.

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  • Ant

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Peter Beardsley

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Wigan wud beat day light out of ur.bramble wit a hat trick:-).

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  • happy toon

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #17

    it’s our own fault…we want success too fast….let’s give the next manager all the time in the world….stick with one man….

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  • bruTOOOON

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #18

    we lose to a hopeless hull city AT HOME? i know we upset about cashley but we need a new manager asap! we can’t be like this for the rest of the season….

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  • greek toon

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #19

    SO WHERE WERE THE DEMONSTRATIONS BIG MEN…………oooh have to get back home to cut the lawn otherwise wor lass will give me a clip. Pathetic.

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  • neeraj

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #20

    there are two players who are a joke in prem league

    shola and titus

    titus goal made my day

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  • canmag

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #21

    really bad situation made worse when that smug
    faced t++t llambias sitting in stand with the grin on his face like he was just loving the shite that they have created

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  • DanToon

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #22

    What was the attendence today anyone know?

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  • Johnboy

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Can someone please shoot Shola is continues to be a waste of space.

    What was with the team selection??!!

    Poor poor showing and now we will be missing Guthrie for a few games.

    The farce continues…

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  • Toon Andy

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Clearly Vetere and the other scouts know their stuff, they can identify players who King Kev likes, Gutierrez etc. I would keep them.

    But Dennis Wise? What exactly does he had? He’s not a good manager, not a good businessman, so what does he offer in an Executive Director role exactly? I’d like to see his role clarified: he reports to the manager, or he’s out.

    But the worst of the bunch is definitely Derek Llambias. This guy doesn’t talk to us. He canceled his piece in the programme. He never gives interviews. We were lucky last season with Chris Mort, who has a class act, but this guy is a complete loser. I could do a better job. Fair play for turning to the game, but his communication is woeful. He HAS to leave.

    Llambias out, clarify that Wise reports to the manager. But even then, I can’t see King Kev coming back now and I’m pretty sure that noone else of note will want the job.

    Ashley has made this mess and he will pay the financial price when we are relegated, but it’s the fans who lose out.

    I never thought we’d be wrong in calling for Fat Fred to leave, but it appears that despite his utter repulsiveness he was much more qualified to lead us forward than this bunch of muppets.

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  • Johnboy

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Attendance: 50, 242

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #26

    I cant hold my self.im really ashamed of Nufc.martin pls we need u back in d pitch 2teach lazy twats how 2 kick d ball in d net

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  • happy toon

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #27

    My nomination for the worst players are;

    bramble
    amoebi
    boumsong

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  • ksmit

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Realistically I don’t think anyone can blame KK for leaving. Look at the team that we were able to field today. Ameobi up front, no right back, no left back. If the manager can’t make any of the decisions and the recruitment team is so obviously hopeless how can he stay? I don’t think we will be relegated this year if we get a couple of players back from injury but I would be really surprised if we finish in the top 13 as we are second class compared to most of the teams in the league. If Mike Ashley doesn’t sell this is the end of the road for the next few years as the toon fans will not properly support a team that is backed by his group. Isn’t it convenient that after hearing that he was going to be at the game something else came up and neither him nor Wise showed up?

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Robinho scored a stunning freekick for City……

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  • Macas

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #30

    I think today just highlights the need for this board to either go now, or bring back Keegan and actually back him with some money. The squad is painfully thin, and I knew we would get beat today with no Milner and with Gutierrez injured.
    Xisco looked poor today it has to be said, but it was his first game and he did score a tap in. Gonzalez seemed a bit brighter and was looking to get involved, might be a tidy little player in the middle for us, and we will need him now Guthrie is suspended.
    But the problems we have are the ones that Keegan knew we had, but the board wouldn’t listen to him. No decent left back as back up for Enrique (Bassong is a centre half), and we could do with a better player than Edgar as back up for Beye to be honest.
    Just a shame the board decided not to back him, now look at the mess we are in.

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  • happy toon

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #31

    how did bambiobi eva become a football player…i’m better than this guy. even the bloody championship woudlb’t take…yet he starts for us….

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  • Jg

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #32

    ALL NON-GEORDIE QUIT NUFC

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  • SD Toon

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Why is Nicky Butt not in a OAP home?

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  • DanToon

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #34

    More or less a full house then, shocking show of togetherness that lads!! What were some of the chants towards the board then????

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  • wsq

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #35

    was the mike ashley cohort at the match today?

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #36

    isn’t Guthrie suspended for just 1 game ??

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  • SD Toon

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #37

    Ive said for years that EDGAR is crap & nothing but future championship player of the future like Ramage. I see quite alot of ppl agree now. Thank God.

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  • Spyro

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #38

    No ToonKing, straight red is a three match ban unfortunately.

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #39

    no they weren’t WSQ, only Llambias……and he was smirking at every chant…..the tw*t.

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 13, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #40

    If u are expecting a result wit our players my first eleven should b
    Given colo taylor beye bassong jonas guthire macho zog martin Xisco

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