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.
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