Given Just As Fed Up As Newcastle Fans

Shay Given was as depressed as the Newcastle fans at the completion of the game on Saturday, as he was seen dejectedly walking off the pitch following Stoke’s last gasp equalizer, and another two points dropped at home.

Shay Given – dejected following Saturday’s game

Given said today:

“Its very different to what we imagined, and its not an ideal situation.” “But this is where we are and we can’t change what has happened.”

“We must get the club moving forward again.” “It will become more intense if we are still in this position after Christmas.”

“If you are still down there after the festive period, you will be down there for much of the season.” “So we want to get away from it before hand.”

Thats sounds accurate, that if we cannot move out of the bottom four and up the league before the end of this month, we probably have a fight on our hands like we had last year through the easrly months of the year.

We have four league games left this year:

Sun 14 13:30 A – Portsmouth
Sun 21 15:00 H – Tottenham
Fri 26 15:00 A – Wigan Athletic
Sun 28 12:00 H – Liverpool

In fact, every one of those game is winnable, even Liverpool at home, which we achieved a couple of seasons ago when we beat the Merseyside side 2-1, even if we did have lots of luck in the first half of that game.

We just have to start winning games, as draws don’t do us much good at all.

We think we’ll have to win three of the next four games so we can climb the league table and get away from the relegation zone. That would give us 25 points from 20 games.

Last year we had 26 points from our first 20 games, and were 11th in the table, and Sam Allardyce was fired in early January.  But the performances under Joe have been steady and much improved from what they were under Chris Hughton, but just too many draws, especially at home, and the last thing we need to do is replace our manager – again. That will almost guarantee we’ll be relegated.

And if we cannot win at Portsmouth on Sunday, that will be another big downer, especially after last Saturday’s capitulation, when it looked we were cruising home.

Shay continued:

“We have Portsmouth on Sunday and that is a chance to get three points and get Stoke out of our systems.”

“I was just as fed up as the Toon Army. Were really disappointed with it. Looking back at Stoke, we were cruising and it could well have been 3-0 or 4-0 to us.”

“There was only one team in it, but for some reason we just didnt come out in the second half .” “They got an early goal which gave them a lift and put us on the back foot.”

“I still thought we could hold on, but they scored right at the death, which was a kick in the teeth.” “It felt like a defeat and I am sure it was the same for the fans.”

“Just when you think it cant get any worse, that happens two guys who are ex-players get the goals.”

Yes, we know how you feel Shay.

22 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 9, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #1


    love ya Shay

  • Greentoon

    Dec 9, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #2

    This vid after 52 seconds makes me sick with our current lack of talent in central midfield…

  • Ganiyu

    Dec 9, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Win draw lose lose.4 points our of 12.

  • Mark D

    Dec 9, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Makes me sick seeing this goal with our current midfield…

  • ryunufc

    Dec 9, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #5

    He looks like Casillas in that picture

  • JR

    Dec 9, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Dreadful result toon. i cannae believe we chucked it away. f*cking riddiculous, Kinnear was right that should never have been a freekick, coco the clown ref – unbelievable. but still. Why can Newcastle Never ever kill a game off when we’re running away with it… it’s just crazy.

  • O'Hurley

    Dec 9, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #7


    Truth! I’d rather forget that the stoke game even happened.

    Shay “Quality” Given!

  • Paul:D

    Dec 9, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #8

    as long as we beat teh spuds, avoid relegation, and kinnear ashley wise etc all fack off at the end of the season ill be happy…ashley could stay…but…he would have a lot to do to put th igns rite and i dont think hed do it

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 9, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m sure that the 60k per week which shay recieves for his troubles will ensure that he’s no where near as sick as i am right now! As much as the sentiment is appreciated i cannot really take comments like this seriously from multi-millionaire footballers!

  • PDiddy

    Dec 9, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Fact is we are in a massive relegation battle and we are two injuries from being relegated.
    Anyone who doesn’t think Ashley will cash in on who ever he can in January is CRAZY!
    Bye Bye Owen, Shay and possibly Martins and anyone else who can genrate revenue!
    Spurs would give 20 million for Owen and Given right now. Send Martins to Arsenal for 13 million and sell Nzogbia, Taylor, Duff and Barton and Ashley has half his investment back!

  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 9, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #11

    If we learn to play as we did first half against stoke – and ATTACK for 90 minutes…

    I predict

    Portsmouth – 3 points
    Tottenham – 3 points
    Wigan – 3 points
    Liverpool – 0 points

    Which could have us up around 10th easy peasy lol

  • Stamford Toon

    Dec 9, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Sorry to change the subject but did anyone read the article in the Independent newspaper about the Arseal supporters booing one of their own team, and cheering when he was substituted. They went on to discuss supporters in general who now more readily show their dissatisfaction with their own teams rather than giving support. What they have to say is now typical of our supporters who moan at a misplaced pass or player not controlling the ball properly, shout the name of a player on the bench and boo at the interval or at the end of the game. The best supporters in the land? I think not while some of us are following what I think is a very nasty and selfish atitude that is becoming standard in so many clubs. It seems like many of our number do not understand what it means to support a club……….our club. It was very quiet throughout our last game why? Perhaps the so called 12th man coul have lifted the team enough to win the match!!!

  • Paul:D

    Dec 9, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #13

    att he end of the day hell elave if we get relegated so bestw e get harper signed up fast, cuz under joke in ere its pretty obvs the championship is where were goin

  • Howay50

    Dec 9, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Realistic prediction below as I just can’t see us winning the games sadly – the second half capitulation against Stoke was just typical of NUFC this season – totally lacking the killer instinct and quite frankly gutless. Do our players actually have the desire to play for the Toon. I think some do not and they are more concerned about themselves than the club. We are going to be in a relegation scrap at the end of the season, if we go down, do they care probably not as they will all just leave and get new big new salaries elsewhere whilst we sit and face life in the Championship and the recession.

    Portsmouth – 1 points
    Tottenham – 1 points
    Wigan – 3 points
    Liverpool – 1 points

  • Whumpie

    Dec 9, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Kevin Nichol – what makes you think money changes human nature? I hate that BS that makes ordinary people think rich people are somehow immune from all annoyance, heartbreak or passion. If Shay didn’t feel it he couldn’t do his job. I’ve been rich, and I’ve been poor (like now) and I can assure you that above a basic subsistence, having money does nowt to blunt pain like last Saturday.

    And while I’m having a hack at innocent posters (sorry) – PDiddy: what makes you think selling good players will make Ashley any money? If the club is worth about £150M now, what do you think it’ll be worth if we sell (say) five of our best for about £20M? Answer: about £80M, because it will be obvious to buyers that the club won’t be getting Premier League income next season.

    We will lose players, but not the way you think, because Ashley is no idiot financially. BUT players may just want to leave…

  • steve

    Dec 9, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #16

    portsmouth 0 points
    spurs 3 points
    wigan 1 point
    liverpool 0 points

    4 points and 2nd bootom by xmas 🙁

  • nando

    Dec 9, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #17

    steve you little bugger. you wont take 3 points of spurs! 1 point from those games and bottom for depressing

  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 9, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #18

    You lot are far to negative lol

    Did you watch that first half??

    We’ll have Guthrie back by saturday…portsmouth just drew with west brom ffs.
    Tottenham we beat every single year at home easy peasy.
    Wigan we’ll get our revenge over & got lucky…….


  • TheGoldfishBowl

    Dec 9, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m sorry Ed, I totally disagree with you. I think that if we DONT replace our current rubbish manager, we WILL be relegated.

    Kinnear out!

  • TheGoldfishBowl

    Dec 9, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #20

    I think Portsmouth win beat us 2-0

  • TheGoldfishBowl

    Dec 9, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #21

    The above post should read WILL beat us….

  • steve

    Dec 10, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #22

    nando – reckon we’ll beat Spurs, they’re one of the worst teams in prem (along with us) and rarely play well against relegation candidates. King has played a few games recently so will no doubt be injured and beyond him they’re pretty much leaky as your granny 🙂
    Saying that JK has to actually try to win the game rather than scoring a goal and then trying to defend and thats not a foregone conclusion on his past tactics / substitutions


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