Kinnear Gutted By Newcastle’s Avoidable Defeat


It’s certainly a strange situation in the Premier league so far with Newcastle 3rd bottom, yet just 2 points out of 10th place, and the upper half of the league.

Joe Kinnear

.Joe talked to the Shields Gazette this morning:

“The league’s like that – everybody’s beating everybody,” Kinnear told the Gazette.

“However, it’s in our hands. Wigan Athletic at home here we come. No one gave us a chance against Aston Villa.”

“Now we’ve got to beat Wigan. It’s a six-pointer – end of story.”

A win yesterday in London would have taken Newcastle to 10th place, but of course when you support Newcastle United, you never quite know what is going to happen.

The club is now back in 3rd bottom place, just above Sunderland, who had their 3rd defeat on the trot against Portsmouth on Saturday. WBA are at rock bottom in the league, after losing 3-0 at Anfield.

Claudio Cacapa, who was filling in for the injured Steven Taylor, gifted Andy Johnson Fulham’s goal in the first half, but Shola was able to score his 3rd goal of the season after 57 minutes to level the scores, before Andy Johnson was brought down by Coloccini, and Danny Murphy scored from the penalty spot after 65 minutes.

Joe continued:

“I tried to get it across to the players that a win would have taken us into the top half, but who would have thought the areas that cost us?”

“We gave away the goals cheaply. I’m absolutely gutted with the manner of the defeat.”

“The goals were avoidable, and if you make those sort of mistakes in the Premiership, you get punished.”

Fulham had scored only 8 goals in their first 10 goals, so you can see that Newcastle’s defense had a really bad day in London.

And when that happens, it’s very hard to pick up points, and we just weren’t good enough yesterday.

That’s the plain truth, unfortunately.



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11 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    The truth, the whole truth and for all to see live on the tele.

    If you agree with Andy Grays comments about our team then that speaks volumes.

    They looked on the backfoot from the start and the result was what we deserved. NO more dodgy ref decisions like in any other match this weekend – it was full of them.

    The point is we need 3 on sat or, sorry when we get slaughtered by Chelski the gap will widen and then its smoggies away after that.

    Only positive about our position – its above sunderlands – for now anyway.

    Im not gonna apologise for my view – crap.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    We have to win at Wigan- end of story.

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  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Beat Wigan & Smoggies because the Chavs will hammer us. End of Story

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Above Sunderland or not, the fact is we’re 2nd bottom….. 18th out of 20 and that is a bally disgrace.

    I’m sure our Wearside friends’ll appreciate the seriousness of their 19/2o too and I’d much rather there were three healthy north-east sides in the Prem than two or dare I say it, one!

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Correction, third from bottom – must get a new battery for the calculator!!!

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #6

    doonsooth-both wigan and boro are playing really well at the moment. Wigan at home will be tough, smoggies just as hard. God knows what Chelski are gonna do to us. As long as its less than 5. If they give us a heavier beating than they did the mackems….god forbid 6 or above, we’ll be in serious trouble. league position and morale wise.

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  • Ian

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Our problem is a simple one and it is the same one we have had for a number of years now-no other options.

    There is nothing wrong with Cacapa, if he had been put on to match a small fast striker, not a Heskey size onslaught, if a big defender was used against a light fast striker he would look slow and clumsy, Cacapa would look better. The trouble is we do not have the options.

    If we had taken Cisse in the summer instead of passing on a gift, we would have had two striking options, maybe rested Martins for half a match then put him on next to Cisse and the game would have been different, there have also been some bargain midfielders that do a decent job and werent expensive, again Sunderland’s Diouf to me was a bargain that clubs like ours cannot afford to pass.

    We should out bid Sunderland for Cisse next Summer, meantime bring in two proven players one for midfield and a big defender who can play in more than one defense position.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Avoidable when refs stop divin’, cheatin’ bastards like johnson, i know, the old kick the defender & fall down routine, but only after i’ve pushed the other defender off the ball…Tosser!..

    …The ref & his assistants were pathetic, yet again…So much for professional refs!..

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  • steve

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Cacapa was poor yesterday, you really needed to be at the game to see how bad he was, off the ball Collocini was having to tell him where to go and then cover for him all the time. Whilst he may be experienced the Premier league is just to fast for him.

    Enrique was superb at times and less so at other times, he has a lot of strength and easily took the ball of thier forwards, unfortunately at times he tried to play out of trouble rather than just hoofing it.

    One thing that a lot of us in the crowd were shouting for was to get players to run at fulham into the box, with the conditions yesterday defenders were scared to tackle as it could have easily brought a pen ( as fulham did) – Guitterez should have dribbled into the box more, he has the skill to do so but usually tried to cross/pass before entering the box.

    Oh well yet another 6 pointer on Sat

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  • Joseph

    Nov 10, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    We may be 3rd bottom but we’re only 2 points off 10th place. A win at the weekend (we should be beating wigan anyway they’ve got bramble at the heart of defense) and we’re looking mid-table again.

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  • AO

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Well joe, everybody is certainly beating newcastle.

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