Players Turning Off Cost Newcastle Valuable Points


Joe held his weekly press conference yesterday, and he lamented the late goals his side have conceded at St. James’ Park, which has cost the team at least 4 points.

Joe Kinnear – furious at players switching off

But Joe didn’t blame the officials, and said last Saturday one player switched off, and didn’t mark the player he was supposed to, and Joe was furious that we conceded the equalizer in the 91st minute.

Joe said that he turned the air a little blue after the game in the dressing room, as he was furious the lads had let the fans and themselves down. He said their equalizer left a bad taste in his mouth and was so depressing, and again it felt like a defeat against Stoke.

Joe said yesterday:

“We’ve got to learn to shut a match down when we get a good lead and we’ve got to be more resilient,” “People have got to take the responsibility,”

“It was job done against Stoke on Saturday at 2-0 up.” “It should have been game over – we should have shut it down.”   “But we didn’t. We left it open and they hit back at us.”

“We are becoming a team that is becoming extremely hard to beat,” “But we need to make sure we start winning a few as well.” “If you look back to the Wigan, Man City and Stoke games, we were in winning positions in all of them.”

“And points have been taken away from us because of decisions,”  “When you look back over the season our luck has got to change.  We’ve had six penalties against us!”

“But we’ve got to put it behind us and that’s what the players are doing.”  “The lads have been doing that and been in fine fettle.”

Joe is a good man-manager and he was clear that the lads were giving their all, in terms of effort and commitment, and he has been very pleased with that, ever since he arrived on Tyneside.

And Joe again said that the Newcastle fans were just fantastic, and it’s a whole new experience for him to manage a side that is so very well supported.

Joe said that he tells the players they need to put that full effort in, just to rep[ay the fans for their undying commitment, and he said it was his job to ensure every player was ready for every game.

He said that was the very minimum requirement for every game, and he’s good at getting players up for a game, and the players will certainly be ready for Sunday’s game.

Not only ready mentally to play well as soon as the whistle blows, but that the players know their exact responsibility in the team.  When players fail in their responsibility – like one did right at the end last Saturday – it can cost the team big time.

Last Saturday one player turned off in the 91st minute and cost us a valuable 2 points. Who was that player? – Joe wouldn’t say.

Any ideas?

Let’s hope the lads concentrate through the whole game on Sunday, and a win is of course what we all need.

Comments welcome.



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18 comments so far

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Any team that is winning 2-0 at half time and is dominating the way we were should come out trying to score more not shut the opposition down. As many have already said on this blog negative tactics lose matches not players switching their brains off. The players looked to me that they were doing their best under the circumstances. We should be looking to try and kill the likes of Stoke not contain them.

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  • oba

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    I looked at the goals we conceded and I have to say that I was disappointed with Colocinni.

    He was should have stuck closer to his man, and he should have not been scared to throw his body in front of the ball to make a proper block for the first goal we conceded.

    Collocini is by far our best defender, but in terms making blocks, he needs to man the FvcK Up!

    When people are about to take a shot and he trys to block, just pay attention to how he will try and block the ball. The way he turns to the side is as though he’s scared of the ball hitting him because it’s going to hurt. Just pay close attention to this in our next game.

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  • lloydie780

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Steven Taylor!!!!!!!!!

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  • Ben-Toon

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    So did your tatics

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  • Thelongshanks

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Stop changing tatics at half time.. we aint man u.
    If we had kept same team 2nd have we would have won comfortably.Porthsmouth will be a tougher game but heard they having injuries probs aswell.Like to see ranger and lua lua on bench and subbed on if we are comfortable in 75+ mins.

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  • Stuart

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ve stopped listening to anything he says.

    Everything he has said since he arrives has been lies or complete rubbish!

    Why doesn’t he take some responsibilty for the fact we’ve taken 10 points from 30 since he came! Stop talkin about luck or injuries!!!!

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  • k k forever

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #7

    correct stu but i think it 12 point he,s a joke

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  • Stardust

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Steven Taylor + Joes Tactics = 1 point

    Couldnt be any clearer about Taylor though, he was the one not marking on both occassions.

    Taylor had been brought through too quickly, he might be a player in time ( I cant see it but every manager and pundit thinks so) but he really needs a year in the championship learning to play with his back line as a unit.

    Joe ultimately carries the can on that one though – we dominated them in the first half and his mistakes cost dearly

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  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    i miss kk.

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  • Ganiyu

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Joe should leave oba for atleast 90mins

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  • Richy

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Me too doofa, ik know its too late to keep thinking about KK and bringing it back up again but i honestly honestly think we would be about 8th with him in charge now. Ppl saying Joe has had a better effect as KK is utter crap, the football we started to play late last season and the v start of the season under KK is a million , million miles in front of this shit from Joe.

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  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    TACTICS?

    We lost Guthrie at half time and Butt/Barton where not available. We had no one on the bench who cpould play central midfield!

    If we’d gone 4-3-3 and drew or lost JFK would have been slammed for not closing out the game.

    Colo was left for dead for Stoke’s first goal and no one picked up Faye for the second. This is not the Manager’s fault; the players have to stand up and be counted…….

    The player who should have been marking Faye knows who it was so no more said…….

    Enough said; let’s get behind Newcastle United whether they be young (inexperienced) players, experienced players or part of the management structure! We have a fight on our hands if we want to stay in the PL.

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  • Ganiyu

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    If Joe buys a striker then i know he is a tool.

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  • wsq

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #14

    tactics! blame urself joe. u lost the game.

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  • Gilly - Baghdad

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Same broken record if you ask me, he talks about the guys on the pitchntaking some responsibility well that should start with him.
    Yes we had an injury, but come on our second half tactics were a disgrace, the bottom line is that he is a tactically inept manager.
    We all support our team to the end of the earth but the manager needs to tell the truth about goings on and take responsibility for the team.

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  • Incognito

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Another nonesense statement from Joe shifting the focus away from himself. I had a lot of time for Kinnear until recently; I’m becoming sick of his comments and ridiculous decision-making that is making us the ‘draw-specialists’ of the Premiership – not so different from Fat Sam.

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  • dave

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #17

    last season chelsea’s “just enough” tactics cost them the Premiership cos when they were winning 1-0 they would do just enough to win – with a much better defense than ours they kept gettin caught out so the lesson is there – when you’ve got the other team on the ropes at 2-0 go for the jugular and finish them off, don’t be content todo just enough, a dodgy refereeing decision is all it takes to swing the game and cost points learn Joe or it’ll be championship next season

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  • JJ

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree, blame Joe, his tactics in the second half were terrible.

    Gunea Mag – had we gone to a 4 3 3 instead on playing 6 defenders we would have had a much better shape and we would not have drawn.

    This is not the first game Joe’s tactics have cost us – its the third!!

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