Kinnear Has Tactics All Wrong In Second Half

We feel like most Newcastle fans today – as sick as a chip.

Joe Kinnear – why are we hanging on in second half at home?

If only we could have hung on yesterday for a couple minutes more, it wouldn’t have been pretty at all, but we would have got the 3 points, which in the game yesterday was more important than how we played.

But when you add the toothless display in the second half to giving up two goals to a team who had only scored 3 goals in their last 7 away games, it just about tells you the ineptitude of the display in the last 45 minutes yesterday afternoon.     🙁

If Kevin Keegan had been manager, his instructions at half time would have been – let’s attack them even more –  and that’s how we got good wins like the 4-1 win away at Tottenham last season.

We’re just not good enough to close games down, and we’ve shown that in the 2-2 draws we’ve had at home against Man City, Wigan and yesterday, when we conceded equalizers in the last 5 minutes of each of these games, and that’s 6 home points down the drain.  Hanging on – give me a  break.

The only game the lads did us proud was the Man City game where they kind of run out of steam after being 1-0 down after 9 minutes and reduced to 10 men.

But Joe has his tactics all wrong in the second half of our games at home, and it looks like we didn’t learn from our WBA game when we again give the initiative over to the opposition in the second half, after going 2-0 up in the first half.

We should attack for 90 minutes at home, otherwise we’ll continue to let points slip, and deserve to be in the relegation zone.

It’s that simple.

Read Ed’s report of the Newcastle Stoke game on his News Of The World Column and leave a comment.

Better days ahead at Newcastle?    we sure hope so!

14 comments so far

  • cause I got the girth

    Dec 7, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    as a chip???

  • Chris C.

    Dec 7, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    forget him after all he is the manager who takes risk

  • k k forever

    Dec 7, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3


  • wigaz

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m with you KK i’m sick of seein him ashley wise everyone to do with the club! Tell you what i have never felt as sick as a toon fan as i do now! we should all boycott next game & let those losers run out to an empty stadium! thats what they deserve, if there is a god i’m praying to him that we dont go down & that Mike Ashley crawls back under the rock he came from & we get new owners who know what makes a football team succesful. ££££££££!!!!!!

  • Stuart

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    How long can we keep playing so badly and keep getting a point?

    It’s going to come when we just lose these games!

    Ashley has to sell up or appoint a permanant manager with a proven record and someone who’s last 2 jobs weren’t Luton and Notts Forest!

  • Partizan

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    We’ll regret about Blackburn,Wigan,Stoke,Hull but its gonna be too late.I’m not afraid of relegation or anything at all, but if we won those games we would have been top 7 by now easily.

  • macn0ble

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s obvious that we have played better against better teams when we have an opposition that tries to win the game. Pulling back against a side that lives from set pieces and long balls is a suicide. The poorer team should NOT be given initiative. Especially @ home. Here we can clearly see the tactical ineptitude of Kinnear and the Newcastle squad. Right now we are lacking the tactically and technically good midfielder that calms the game down on hectic last minutes.

  • wigaz

    Dec 7, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Well said stuart! we’re just a joke was saying to someone yesterday think of all the fantastic players we’ve had down the years shearer beardsly lee ferdinand speed etc and look at our current squad? they are average at best! they are not in the same league as those players, we have fell so far! I blame sheppard, he should have moved Bobby upstairs & he should of picked the new manager! discrace! we are twatful!!!

  • BT9MAG

    Dec 7, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #9

    wigaz – boycotting matches does nout but affect the team negatively!

    what point do you want to prove?
    That Newcastle fan’s spit the dummy when things don’t go right?
    That we CAN get relegated?
    That St James’ can be as shit as The Riverside?

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 7, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed, brilliant article mate

  • bigtechno

    Dec 7, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Do you think Joe is one of the 30 odd applicants for the sunderland job – well I’m hopping he is..

  • Len

    Dec 7, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #12

    I think the point is JKF got it worng from the start and I agree with that. Based on the last two matches maybe we could have closed the game down. Fact is we didnt do anything. We lost our shape due to no midfield player on the bench, and then compounded this error by playing half the team out of position and simply not working hard enough. Add far too much space between backs / midfield / front and Stoke able to pump high balls in and eventually they get lucky.

  • michael12

    Dec 7, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #13

    We must be fair to fair to JK. The game against Chelsea and Boro, our defense was robust and we kept two away clean sheets. this suggested was on the up and keeping two away clean sheets against Chelsea and Boro successively would have anyone think we could defend a two goal lead. Our defense let us down yesterday and two goals should be enough for any team to hold on.

    I understand Kinnear’s thinking but the defense let him down.

  • valle

    Dec 7, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Taylor comming on instead of Guthrie was a big blow, suddenly balls was kicked out of defense instead of playing it from the back, and our midfield started to suffer, with Jonas looking out of place. Also Stoke started to put pressure on the ball all over the pitch, and we simply had too many players panicking and too many bad touches.


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