Performances On Pitch Is What Newcastle Need Now

Joe Kinnear has vowed to attack Portsmouth on Sunday, whatever the starting line-up turns out to be for the Magpies.

Joe Kinnear – we’ll attack Portsmouth

Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Whatever team we take to Pompey, we will be up for the fight.” “That’s what we all want, and everybody is pulling in the same direction.”

“We are getting harder to beat, and I will demand the very best from everybody who plays once again when we go to Portsmouth.”

Kinnear has some injuries so it will be interesting to see which team Joe puts out at Fratton Park, but if Guthrie is not fit, he could do worse than give a run-out to Charles N’Zogbia in central midfield.

Joe continued:

“Things have been going very well despite the injuries.” “We’ve had no Nicky Butt and no Danny Guthrie, and I have been forced to play people out of position in the middle.”

“On Saturday we ended the game with Cacapa and Jonas in the middle they were just filling in positions they don’t normally play in.”

“Guthrie hasn’t trained for the last two days, and then you have Nicky Butt and Damien Duff we will see by Friday if they can play at Pompey.”

“None of them have trained yet this week.” “Throw in the fact that Joey Barton is going to be out for six to eight weeks and you have almost a first-choice midfield all out.”

“We just have to keep our fingers crossed.” “At the moment we have been completely rocked as far as midfielders are concerned.”

Well, that’s why we needed to buy new players in the summer, and we didn’t. But of course that’s not Joe’s fault, it was the Newcastle Board’s fault – remember them?

We are sure Joe will do his very best to correct the situation next month, and we just have to hope that he gets some significant support from owner Mike Ashley.

Joe did have his meeting yesterday with Llambias and Wise, so we wait to hear today what happened at the meeting.

Joe is trying to put a good face on all of this and we don’t balme him, but we’re still 4th bottom of the league, and last season after 16 games we had 22 points, and we didn’t think we were doing too well, at that time.  We have 16 points from our first 16 games this season, so we’re down a bit from last season.

What we need now are performances on the field, and Joe can say all he wants to about wanting to attack and getting his players ready to be up for the games – that’s part of his job.

But he also said that last week about the Stoke game, but it was Stoke who were attacking us throughout the second half, and were allowed to come back at St. James’ Park, after being two goals down with just 30 minutes to play.   🙁

Joe continued:

“We could go more offensive, but even in the striker department we only have Oba and Michael in attack who are totally fit.”

“Mark Viduka has only played two 20-minute shifts and is not yet at his sharpest.”

The real truth is until we start getting some wins, not draws, then the disenchantment on Tyneside is going to continue.

We have four games left this year, and we need to go into every one of them with a plan to win the game, no more of these draws, when wins are three times more important in  terms of points.

That’s what we need to do, now let’s see if we can execute, and by the end of the year we’ll have a better idea if how we stand with relegation.

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    I think this is a massive game with this weekends other fixtures. If you are beaten you could be cut adrift at the bottom with sunderland and blackburn. I think you will win though.

  • TheGoldfishBowl

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    We’ll get well beaten, or that I am 100% certain…

  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    thegoldf- nothing like getting behind your team.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4


    i hope your right

    in a diffeerent note

    inever thought i would say this but i have to be on the mackems side on this one
    gary neville is a twat

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #5

    AO, shut your hole son and go and pull your little pecker over a photo of your ‘Arry.

    You are wasting your time on here little man 😉

  • Spyro

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6


    Agreed. The top four always complain if you don’t just roll over and die for them.

  • Stuart

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #7

    We use to be in that top 4.

    Where’s it all gone???

  • Guy-Incognito

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Those who enjoy praising the Poison Dwarf for his part in our transfers should pay close attention to our injury problems right now and how bad it could yet be.

  • faustino

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Spyro… the mackems had 28% of possession over the 90 mins whilst amassing a massive 1 shot over the same time. Apparently they spent somehting like 6 and a half mintues in the final third. How’s that not rolling over and asking to be beat?

    Neville should keep his bent mouth shut agreed, but let’s not fog over the fact the unwashed WERE appaling.

  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    spyro- did you read that on the web.

  • Spyro

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #11

    It doesn’t matter how many shots or how much possession they had. Neither are needed if your goal is to get a draw at the home of the champions of europe and the prem. No it is not rolling over and dying. Your are being unfair.

  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #12

    did you hear that? youre being unfair! you tell em spyro.

  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #13

    when newcastle parked the bus at chelsea for there draw they only had 36% possesion and 2 shots on goal.

  • The holey grail

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    like scolari said we (newcastle) won the game as we set out for a draw and got it and they set out to win and couldnt. its up to them to break us down and if they cant its not our fault lol

    You play to your strenghts and a point is a point

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #15
  • The Entertainers

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Problems for Joe and his selection:

    Beye Taylor Bassong Enrique

    Jonas Colocinni Zog

    Owen Martins

    Lua lua on the bench please !

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #17

    ‘I had to play player out os position in the middle of the park’

    No you didnt JFK you bluddy plank!

    Coloccini is adept at play DM and N’Zogbia is adept at playing CM!

    JFK, you even mentioned playing Coloccini in DM 2 days prior to the match and yet you went on with your clueless tactics!

  • Nick 69

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #18

    rolling over and dying would have been sunderland going and tryin to play football against man utd, that wud have been suicide, they were a couple of minutes away from getting what they went for so how is that rolling over and dying, Gary Neville and the rest of man utd are just a bunch of moaners who cannot stand it when they dont get it all there own way

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #19


    Viduka on for Geremi at 60 mins

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #20

    We need a win simple as use talking about it JK we need points.

    Until then I will just ignore anything he says.

    P.S AO you must be one lonely little man.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #21

    nick 69

    you are so right

  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #22

    tomtoon- did you get turan on the back of your shirt?

    sirjasontoon- you are correct. But my 2 week holiday in the maldives in february coupled with my wedding and birth of my first son this year have made the year a little more bearable. Oh and also a wembley win made by life seem just that little bit better.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Do they have any ex-toon players likely to play for them, I hope not.

  • HeronMag

    Dec 10, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Bill F –

    Sylvain Distin.

    What do you reckon. 90th minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw? lol! 🙂

  • StevieA

    Dec 10, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #25

    I think Beye would play very well in midfield but we don’t have much strength in depth in the right back position.

    Colo could also play central midfield but then it would be Bassong and Taylor at the back which might be OK against Portsmouth but we need more options that that going forward.

  • nightfall

    Dec 10, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #26

    JK – what about lualua, xisco, ranger, edgar, godsmark, tozer,?…ffs..

    ashley made only 1 big mistakle since buying the club..and that was giving funs and time to BS…not that we didn’t progress that year..he pushed us backwards…he lost money on 8 players…he only bought beye worthy of NUCF shirt, but left us with overrated players on astronomic wages…
    ..and as for KK…”newcastle legend”…if he’s such a NUFC fan he should’ve at least gave time to ashley to find another manager, but he just walked out on zhe club…and we all know what happend next…we’ve lost 15 points at the time when a coach lead our team…

  • faustino

    Dec 10, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Spyro – ok they/we rolled over and surrendered then?

    Having said that trying not to lose is what’s keeping the mid table wide open at the mo. So long may it continue.

  • xisco biscuits

    Dec 10, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #28

    OWEN – OBA

    OWEN – OBA

  • nightfall

    Dec 10, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #29

    xisco biscuits – i’d play lualua over duff any day:

    beye colo basso enrique
    jonas lualua geremi zog
    martins owen

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 10, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Joe continued:

    “We could go more offensive, but even in the striker department we only have Oba and Michael in attack who are totally fit.”

    only? how many top class frontmen do we need? should be able to do it with 2. am i wrong?
    jfk is a mug. irish brain and cockney heart, what a combo.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 10, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Xisco biscuits – That is stupid when Colo is adept at play the DM role.

    Taylor and Beye can both play RB and CB.

  • Spyro

    Dec 10, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #32

    My point is that Scumberland never rolled over and died, they were very close to getting an unlikely point when people were predicting a cricket score in Man United’s favour.

  • Simo

    Dec 10, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #33

    We simply can’t play Taylor at right back!

  • xisco biscuits

    Dec 10, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #34

    tom_toon – unlike you to say it’s stupid to disagree with you…

    the reason i’ve gone for colo in defence is coz he’s out best defender and we’ll need him against crouch and defoe!!

    also, i wish people weren’t so desperate for lua-lua to play. he looks a prospect as a winger but as a cm in a tough away game…get a grip lads. we need experience and discipline in the middle. have lua on the bench for a wildcard

  • Simo

    Dec 10, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Providing Guthries fit, midfield would be Jonas, Geremi, Guthrie n’zogbia.
    Id agree with LuaLua on the bench – would of made things so much easier with him on the bench vs Stoke!

  • nightfall

    Dec 10, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #36

    xisco biscuits – duff’s past it…he can’t beat a defender..he’s slow…looses the ball too often,…i’m just sick of those british overrated players – duff, butt, smith, carroll, also taylor and owen…

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 10, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Maybe the headline should read “JFK’s tactics and substitutions need to improve”

    Having 4 centrebacks and 2 fullbacks on the pitch on Saturday was not our only option and like said earlier, having only Owen and Oba, sigh JFK, these two got you a 2-0 lead and you f’d it up.

    Strange how we can play well like the first half on Saturday or the second half against Villa but then can look dreadful at other times.

  • neeraj

    Dec 10, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #38


    just out of curiosity dont u have a job or a life ?

  • xisco biscuits

    Dec 10, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #39

    nightfall – agreed, duff’s not as good as he once was, nowehre near in fact. but he’s still a better bet than lua-lua especially in away games. and your point about over-rated players is a bit mental when u list smith, butt and carroll amongst them. i bet less than 10% of toon fans rate any of them!! owen is a world-class goalscorer – the most valuable type of player. butt is the sort of player we’ll need in a relegation scrap but he needs replacing. taylor has potential to be a class player if he’s given a chance to grow up and mature without the ridiculous slatings he gets because he’s not consistent. he’s 22, even the likes of terry and ferdinand made a lot of errors at that age!! give the lad time or we’ll lose him and have to watch him develop into a quality player elsewhere

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 10, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #40





    if Butt doesn’t make it we should play






    and then take take Taylor off, put Colo in cb and stick Viduka on in the 4-3-3 formatiuon


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