Newcastle’s Inconsistency Getting To Be Frustrating

Newcastle are in 18th position in the league after the Fulham defeat, but we are still just two points behind Fulham who moved up to 10th place with Sunday’s win.

Nicky Butt – inconsistency is frustrating

Nicky Butt talked about Newcastle’s inconsistency today, which is frustrating for the players:

“The Fulham game was just typical us. We’ve got our heads up and we’ve done really well over the last few games but then we’re disappointed to lose,” “That inconsistency is really frustrating. We’d had two good results, got our heads up and then started looking at these next two against Fulham and Wigan as winnable games. “

“Now we’ve lost the first one and the pressure is back on. We just don’t do ourselves any favors.”

But when a team is improving that’s one thing that will nearly always be present. When Bobby Robson was building the team on Tyneside, we’d go two or three game playing very well, and then not turn up in the next game. But Bobby was able to get the consistency and we finished high in the league in his last three seasons in charge (4th, 3rd and 5th).   But then he was fired.    🙁

What we’ve proved lately is that the team can play very well, and that’s important. Our next step, which is not easy, is to produce those performances week in and week out, which is what the best teams do.

Inconsistency is even affecting Arsenal right now, as you never know which team will turn up – but over the weekend it was the great Arsenal side who managed to defeat Man United, and that was after losing 2-1 to Stoke City.

The same is happening at Sunderland, with Roy Keane, and the Black Cats have lost their last 3 games since beating Newcastle at the Stadium of Light.  Something that will no doubt cheer Newcastle fans up a little.   😀

Again, the good thing is that we’ve proved we can play very well, and we expect a top display this Saturday against Wigan, where we must take all 3points at St. James’ Park. After playing so poorly last Sunday we need that inconsistency so we can play great this coming Saturday, and possibly take Wigan apart.
Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • irish_al

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #1

    another way to look at it

    we’re consitantly good at home and consistantly poor away (there are exceptions but we and definately better overall at home)

    the fulham game should not of been such a suprise, we havn’t won away yet this season

  • Karltoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Aye it is very frustrating… But life would not be the same if it wasnt..

    Makes the high’s feel higher.. And as a drug addict im all for that..

  • Desmond -

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    We freaking need a good centreback. I would be more than happy to see Newcastle invest in players like Richard Dunne (he scores lots of own goals, so he could go for pretty cheap price), Micah Richards (tall, tough, quick) or at least Tal Ben-Haim.

    I still think Butt shouldn’t play that much. Newcastle need someone who can drive the who team forward when attacking like what Lampard did with Chelsea. PSV’s Ibrahim Affelay would be a good choice for winter transfer window.

    Unless, we can spend 40 million pounds to lure Rafael Van der Vaart or Lionel Messi over. 😉

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    irish_al-spot on, i was gonna say exactly the same. We look a different team at home and having SJP behind them seems to do the lads the world of good.
    We go away and its a different story (even though our away lot sing their hearts out every game, without fail).
    who knows, maybe the lads just forgot they were in a competitive game at fulham…after all, the cottage was like a morgue, complete silence, maybe they mistook it for a training session!

  • rooks

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    inconsistency ? Consistency is being able to adapt tactics & playing style depending on who you play each week. if Joe and the players can’t do that most weeks then not only is it inconsistent, it means theyre not good enough to cut it in this league

  • BT9MAG

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #6

    I think we need to play cavalier football away from home…We’re not Chelsea and simply can’t keep enough clean sheets to sneak 1:0 away victories!

    If we go there with an all out attack then the game will be open – with fast break players like Jonas and Martins and a goal poacher like Owen that would suit our style perfectly! And worst comes to worst and the opposition score at least we don’t need to use subs to change around and get back into the game!

    Look at the 2nd half at Fulham we came back out ready to get forward and attack – we would have gone on and won if it wasn’t for that stupid penalty!

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #7

    That is what you get for having mediocre players on high wages……cut his salary by 50 %,then he’ll run as if his life is depending on it.

    Way too many dead wood and primadonas in our team not to mention some of them who are simply made of glass.

    You can’t have a winning streak with players like those unless some miracle happens and score some lucky goals.

    How the hell you expect Newcastle to progress when you have Viduka,Smith,Geremi etc with a combined wage of around 200 000 pounds per week.You can have at least 5 top young players for 40 000 per week who’d be willing to die on the pitch to prove themselves.

    Fat Viduka i know its not his fault that he’s injured but how many times he gave an interview or show himself for the match….maybe he had,but i never saw him.
    Barton was even going to watch the reserves,that shows how commited he is to the club.

    Out in January and Summer


    In….Ibisevic,Salihovic,Veloso,Martin Caceres(loan),Tosic,Inler.



  • Karltoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #8

    That’s a canny CM3 team..

    How many are premier league tested..

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Karltoon….Why should they,it didn’t stop Drogba,Ronaldo,Skrtel,Robinho,Di Michele,Muntari,Jonas,Elano and many more to make impact straight away.

    If you’re good you’re good no matter where you play.Many people judge the players according to their transfer fees like for ex Modric’s fee.
    Not every player justifies his transfer fee,it only shows that he has a good agent,more or less his abilities.

  • Karltoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #10

    “Drogba,Ronaldo,Skrtel,Robinho,Di Michele,Muntari,Jonas,Elano”

    They dont count..
    Marcelino, Luque, Kluivert, the usuals..

    Dont get me wrong though.. I’d take at least 3 of the ones you mentioned… If they were interested..

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree Karltoon cos football philosophy has many twists and turns.
    Who knows if Luque decided to join some other team with a MANAGER who is fully behind him and didn’t have that long injury,he could have been one of the league top scorers today if he managed to maintain his Deportivo form.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Hadji – What do you think of Obradovic from your team Partizan, he looks a very good LB. Zoran Tosic looks a player too, would love both here.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #13

    TT…..Well you definetly know who to pick up(not that i ever doubted your choices 🙂 )

    Obradovic right now is the best LB in the Serbian league without a doubt.
    Don’t know if you watched the game against Lithuania where he clearly owned the left side.
    He’s very similar player to Zhirkov cos of his forward runs and his technique with the ball not to mention that he can give crossing lessons to Enrique at any given time.

    All in all…excellent player.Good eye TT 🙂


  • Soccergoalx

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Newcastle have many good players. But I was wondering why they can’t perform at their standard. May be they need a better manager.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #15

    I think Obradovic is a far better LB than Zhirkov cos Obradovic can actually defend well, I heard he can play CB too but I have only ever seen him at LB.

    Definitely Serbia’s first choice for a while I think even though you have quality at LB, Kolarov, Lukovic and Dusko Tosic (he cant defend though).

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Nov 11, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #16

    TT….Have you ever seen Krasic from Cska,way better than Jonas in my view.

    They call him the Serbian CR7 cos he has identical style like him……but he’s more teamplayer than CR7.

    Serbia has a great generation now with Stankovic as their skipper.

    Stojkovic Sporting CP
    Ivanovic Chelsea
    Vidic Man Utd
    Obradovic Partizan
    Krstajic Schalke
    Dragutinovic Sevilla
    Jankovic Genova
    Kuzmanovic Fiorentina
    Stankovic Inter
    Tosic Partizan
    Krasic Cska Moscow
    Pantelic Hertha
    Zigic Valencia
    Kezman PSG
    Sulejmani Ajax

    Future looks bright for my National team 🙂

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Jankovic! I love him, no idea why Palermo loaned hm out as he would walk into their side but I expect it is because he isn’t Italian and when it comes to football a lot of Italiant teams are biased towards their Italiant players.

    I have seen Krasic a few times, similsar to Jonas cos boh have really strange running styles, Krasic is meant to be great and I take your word for it, when I saw him he wasn’t great but you could definitely see he had talent, but I have been told that it only really the last few months that the ‘real’ Krasic has come out and developed porperly.

  • clinta

    Nov 12, 2008 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #18

    it’s typical toon and has been for years now. if nicky thinks it frustrating for the players he should try being a fan, lol!

    I’d rather a team of okay players that always play we’ll… okay, than a team of big players that only turn up on the rarest occasions like we have, and have had for some time now.


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